The Project

The Olive School in Hackney is one of 29 schools in England operated by the Star Academies multi-academy trust.

A 630-place Muslim faith school, it opened in temporary accommodation in 2013 and the recent build project involves conversion of the former Hackney Police Station into a new permanent school building. The project includes construction of a new extension adjoining the existing building.

The Solution from Millcroft

Millcroft was brought into the project to design and install a series of complex bridging structures to allow the new extension to be built. 

The scaffolding had to be constructed above ground level to ensure that the path to the adjacent church remained accessible at all times. The solution also needed to offer an aesthetically pleasing response to the brief for the central high street location, while delivering the correct structural requirements.

The Millcroft team worked around challenging access and logistics restrictions to avoid offloading in the restricted area close to the existing building. We also co-ordinated business critical vehicle movements with other contractors to adhere to strict vehicle movement limits in the only access route to the site; a cul-de-sac where only one vehicle per hour was allowed through from any contractor.

We designed the scaffolding to make manual handling easier on this restricted, confined site, with lightweight alloy beams to enable the team to move materials around site manually from the rear access point.

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