McAvoy was responsible for the design, construction, commissioning and programme of Ocean Academy Poole An Aspirations Academy, which accommodates 340 pupils.
The building employs a modular design with 90% Modular manufactured off-site in 10 weeks at McAvoy Group’s production facility. The project was designed within standard grids and room layouts to maximise buildability.
The facilities include a large hall with staging area for performances and a studio area for dance, bright and inviting classrooms alongside smaller intervention rooms and a library/learning resource facility.
A green outdoor environment was also created for sporting activities and science related needs.
Off-site wall panels were created for the traditional steel-frame hall areas and curtain walling was introduced where possible to increase wall construction efficiencies.
External cladding was detailed accurately to allow a generous design without compromising programme. Sustainability was incorporated into the project from the outset, with whole-life costing being completed at development stage and targets set for BREEAM Very Good compliance. Energy use was assessed both in design and during construction, resulting in a building which exceeds its target emissions levels in use, achieves a higher air leakage standard and an EPC rating of 29.
The project was registered as a Considerate Contractor scheme and awarded a “performance beyond compliance” certificate while supply chain members’ competency and commitment to H&S were regularly tested.