Ravensbury School, Manchester

A two-storey school, constructed using concrete frame, walls and floors.

Project description

The project involved the amalgamation of junior and infant schools onto a single site. With a total floor area of 2,514m2, the building included community facilities and a 60-place nursery in order to act as a focal point for the entire community. The Commonwealth Games, which were being held nearby, placed severe restrictions on construction activities.


By using a modular precast concrete panel system manufactured by Buchan Concrete Solutions, a concrete structural solution was able to offer many benefits to the scheme, one of which was an on-site build programme of five weeks. The school was built adjacent to an existing Victorian building which was demolished on completion of the new school. The quick erection programme and low noise method of construction, along with overall reduced construction traffic deliveries, made this project an all round success.

Ravensbury School was used as a demonstration project by the Movement for Innovation (M4i). It achieved one of the highest scores of any M4i demonstration project undertaken at both regional and national level, with an average score of 4.1 (out of 5) in all assessment areas.

The concrete benefits

The precast concrete frame produced a robust school with minimal site disruption and the fastest time on site.
Project team
Architect: Walker Simpson Architects
Engineer: AMEC
Contractor: AMEC Education

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