City school rebuild earns a top award

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A complex project to rebuild a Sheffield school has won a top award for its engineering skills.

Bradfield School at Worrall was rebuilt on the edge of the moors as one of the last sections of the city’s secondary reconstruction programme, Building Schools for the Future.

Now the scheme completed by Mott McDonald and their partners has been honoured by judges from the Institution of Civil Engineers, who acknowledged the difficulties of the challenge.

The school had a steeply sloping site, difficult ground conditions, plus water supply and drainage problems.

The citation said: “The project team overcame the challenges of the site’s topography and ground conditions to deliver a high quality, well executed design.

“The judges praise the project’s approach to sustainability, community involvement and benefits to society.”

Jonathan Svikis was in charge of what ICE said was an ‘engineering masterclass’, on behalf of the Mott MacDonald consortium, which included construction partners HLM Architects, Vinci Construction Ltd as principal contractor, and the steelwork sub-contractors Caunton Engineering Ltd.