Education Sector

Our ability to accomplish projects of all sizes with the same attention to detail and our expertise in internal finishes has won us the respect of the UKs leading companies. This in turn has given us the opportunity to work on high profile projects in the Education sector, and a proven portfolio of services and expertise.

Below, you will find a brief overview of our most recent achievements: -

City Campus, Manchester


The four story building will house two cutting-edge industry-standard theatres, film studios, media, computing and editing suites, plus recording and photography studios, dance studios and rehearsal rooms as well as bespoke practical spaces for hospitality, media make-up and special effects. It will be situated at the corner of New Bridge Street and Great Ducie Street, opposite Manchester Arena.

SCS Contract Scope:

SCS Packages included, Drylining, Partitions and Plastering

Main Contractor - Willmott Dixon
Contract Date: due to commence January 2021 for 41 weeks
SCS Contract Value - £3,500,000
SCS Project Leader: James Boulton
SCS Commercial: Craig Scott
SCS Director: Craig Scott

Catalyst Building, Stoke


The overall Project is a £27m design and construct for Staffordshire University which will become a flagship state-of-the-art facility for apprentices and digital skills.

The Catalyst building includes an Apprenticeships & Digital skills hub, a new library, social learning spaces, restaurant and café areas.

SCS Contract Scope

SCS Packages include SFS

Main Contractor: Vinci
Contracts Dates: 16/11/20 to mid Jan 2021
Client: Staffordshire University
Architect: FieldenCleggBradleyStudios
SCS Contract Value: £120,000
SCS Project Leader: Steve Smith
SCS Commercial: Steve Smith
SCS Director: Craig Scott

Sir Henry Royce, Manchester


Arcadis, together with its project team members; Arup, Laing O'Rourke, NBBJ and Ramboll have revealed designs for the Henry Royce Institute at The University of Manchester. The £235m project will be the UKs leading centre for advanced materials research and commercialisation.

Located at the heart of the University of Manchester's Engineering Campus, the 16,000sqm building will house world-leading materials scientists, state-of-the-art equipment and collaborative space for industrial engagement. It will enable the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in advanced materials science and technology.

The building is expected to cost £150m and is expected to open in 2019. At 46 metres high, the Institute is expected to be the tallest building on campus and a prominent new landmark on the Manchester skyline.

The design of the Henry Royce Institute building will promote science on show with laboratories revealing their complex workings, alongside spaces for visitor engagement and imaginative displays of research material and products.

SCS Contract Scope

SCS Packages include Partitions and Ceilings

Main Contractor: Laing O Rourke
Contracts Dates: 15 October 2018 - November 2019
Client: Manchester University / Arcadis
Architect: NBBJ
SCS Contract Value: £1.5m
SCS Project Leader: Steve Potts
SCS Commercial: Mike Housby
SCS Director: Craig Scott

Nexus, Leeds


SCS Contract Scope:

The buildings 6,684m2 is spread over six floors. The ground and first floors are mainly triple-height spaces, focused on communication and collaboration and the hub of Nexus, whilst the second to fifth floors will be rentable office and lab space.

The ground floor will house: exhibition space; an 80-cover cafe; a business lounge; a 120-seat lecture theatre; four seminar spaces (each seating 70, with sliding partitions to create two, three or four spaces); and open/semi-private space.

The first floor will have further extensive open/semi-private collaboration spaces and 12 meeting rooms. It will house the teams from Nexus, Research and Innovation services and other University business facing professional service teams.

The second floor will have 12 lab spaces each with write-up space, eight initially fitted out at category 2 and four as generic labs that can be used by businesses for mechanical and electrical/electronic research and development. The second floor also has office space, and the remaining floors are 100% office space. There are some 60 office spaces, ranging from two-person spaces upwards.

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SCS Scope: SFS, Partitions & Ceilings (SAS Ceilings)
Contract Dates: SFS (Oct 17 – May 18), Internals (Nov 17 to July 18)
Main Contractor: Galliford Try
Client: University of Leeds
Architect: AHR Architects
SCS Project Value: SFS (£425,000), Internals (£1.4m)
SCS Project Team: Steve Potts and Pete Baker
SCS Commercial: Oskar Danvers-Watson
SCS Regional Manager: Paul Flynn
SCS Director: Darren Friend

Graphene, Manchester


SCS Contract Scope:

The University's other world-class, multi-million pound centre will see industry-led development in Graphene applications in partnership with academics. The £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) will be an international research and technology facility.

SCS Packages included Fermacell Partitions, Knauf Partitions, SAS Ceiling Baffles, Rockfon Ceiling Grid and Tiles

Main Contractor: Laing O'Rourke
Contract Date: May 2017 - Apr 18
SCS Project Value: £830,000
SCS Project Leader: Danny Beaumont
SCS Commercial: Mike Housby
SCS Director: Trevor Watson

The Heath, Runcorn


SCS Contract Scope:

The redevelopment of the School included the creation of sports facilities including a triple-height four-court hall suitable for national badminton competitions and the installation of a three-storey school building.

Two multi-use games areas one with provision for two tennis courts and two netball courts and the other with four tennis courts and three netball courts.

SCS Packages included Knauf Partitions, Rockfon Ceilings, CEP Acoustic Panels and JCW acoustic Panels

Main Contractor: Carillion
Contract Date: Apr 2017 - Dec 2017
SCS Project Value: £1,329,000
SCS Project Leader: Alan Courts and Dave Brown
SCS Commercial: Craig Scott
SCS Director: Darren Friend

King Alfreds, Academy, Wantage


SCS Contract Scope:

SCS were awarded packages SFS, Dryling Partitions, Suspended Ceilings and Plastering works and the King Alfreds Academy, Wantage Project

Main Contractor: Carillion
Client: Oxford City Council
Contract Date: May 2017 - Oct 2017
SCS Director: Trevor Watson
SCS Project Leader: Mark Jones

Yorkshire Schools

SCS Contract Scope:

The seven schools across Bradford, Kirklees and North Yorkshire have an estimated capital value of £100m - £150m.

SCS secured the order for the 3 schools which form phase 1 of Yorkshire PF2 schools, we have been assigned Drylining, Surface Finishers, Suspended Ceilings, Feature Lightwell Bulkheads, Acoustic Panelling, Bespoke Finishes to Sports Hall Wall Linings on Samuel Lister, Belle Vue and Harrogate High School.

The secondary schools included in the Yorkshire programme are: -

The Samuel Lister Academy, Bradford
Oakbank, Bradford
Carlton Bolling, Bradford
Belle Vue Boys School, Bradford
Whitcliffe Mount, Kirklees
All Saints Catholic College, Kirklees
Harrogate High School, North Yorkshire

Manchester Schools

SCS Contract Scope:

SCS were appointed to carry out the fit out on the New Builds of the Manchester Schools Project for Main Contractor Laing O'Rourke.

The schools consist of: -

Ashbury Meadow, Briscoe Lane, Mauldeth Road, Wilbraham Primary School and Cavendish Community College

Main Contractor: Laing O'Rourke
Client: Manchester City Council
Contract Date: 2014-2015
SCS Project Leader: Steve Potts

Camberwell School, Manchester


SCS Contract Scope:

As part of the overall £47m contract awarded to Carillion for the northwest of England capital batch of 8 schools, SCS have completed a number of these schools, including Camberwell School.

Main Contractor: Carillion
Contract Date: April - December 2015
Packages: SFS, Render, Drylining, Plastering, Suspended Ceilings
SCS Project Leader: Danny Beaumont
SCS Project Value: £880,000

Manchester Metropolitan University - Birley Fields Campus

SCS Contract Scope:

SCS worked alongside Sir Robert McAlpine at Manchester Metropolitan Universitys (MMU) new £60m Birley Fields academic building in Hulme.

The project comprises the construction of a new landmark five-storey academic building, energy centre and extensive public realm works for the Faculties of Education and Health, Psychology & Social Care.

The academic building, which has aspirations to be one of the most sustainable buildings in the UK higher education sector, is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and is being designed towards a zero carbon, waste and water strategy while providing improved biodiversity for the site. When complete the building will provide a superb learning and teaching environment for more than 6,000 students, including lecture theatres, specialist teaching accommodation and social learning areas. It will also be the location for around 500 academics, researchers, technical and support staff. The ground floor will be open to the public and facilities including a sports hall, performance spaces, treatment centres, cafes and informal meeting areas will be available for community bookings.

SCSs highly skilled management and operative team will complete drylining partitions, metal framed plasterboard ceilings, metal and mineral fibre suspended ceilings in communal areas. In addition, due to the exposed concrete ceilings being utilised on the scheme, there is a requirement for over 7,000 linear metres of bespoke acoustic baffles, and wall panels to meet the acoustic requirement of the teaching spaces.

Main Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
Architect: Capita Symonds
Client: Manchester Metropolitan University
Contract Date: 2014
SCS Contract Value: £1.5 million
SCS Project Leader: Trevor Watson - Project Director / Nick McDowell - Project Manager

As you are no doubt aware, the main building at Birley Fields (Section 6 of the main contract) achieved Sectional Completion on 18'' July 2014, along with Partial Possession of a good proportion of the public realm works (Section 5). This in effect was 3 weeks early, & has allowed the University to commence moving staff into the building & preparing for the new academic year in a structured fashion.

The building has been well received by those looking on from the outside, but more importantly, by an exceptionally delighted Client & the users of the building who have been full of praise for the quality of the finished building & the way in which it has been delivered.

This doesn't happen by accident, & is testament to the effort placed into the project by all who worked on it.

A little belatedly perhaps, I am writing to you to congratulate your company on the efforts over the past 12 months in helping us to achieve a successful conclusion to this landmark project.

It is perhaps unfair to single out individuals, but I would particularly like to thank your site managers Nick McDowell & Kevin Carthy for the professional manner in which they led the construction team, their approach to our collaborative planning initiative, and the manner in which they were willing to solve the numerous challenges of this project. They were ably supported by your Contracts Manager Trevor Watson.

The finished product is of an excellent quality and the whole building is one that we should all be proud of.

It simply remains for you to ensure that any outstanding completion works are dealt with as promptly as possible so that there is no lingering defects work.

I look forward to working with you again on any future projects. Please pass on my thanks to the whole of your team involved.

David Firth
Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd


Droylsden Academy


SCS Contract Scope:

Partitions, Suspended Ceilings, GRG Mouldings, Acoustic Reflectors / Baffles and Suspended Ceiling Rafts

Main Contractor: Carillion
Architect: Ryder
Client: Tameside
Contract Date: February 2011 - August 2011
SCS Contract Value: £1,510,000
SCS Project Leader: Nick Mcdowell

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Endike School, Hull


SCS Contract Scope:

SFS, Cladding, External Render, Drylining and Partitions

Main Contractor: Sewell
Architect: Space
Client: Hull City Council
Contract Date: 2012
SCS Contract Value: £785,000
SCS Project Leader: Steve Potts

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Appleton Academy, Bradford


SCS Contract Scope:

Partitions, Plastering, Suspended Ceilings, Acoustic Baffles / Panelling

Main Contractor: H&J Martin
Architect: BDP
Client: Bradford College
Contract Date: Dec 2011 - July 2012
SCS Contract Value: £1.6 million
SCS Project Leader: Nick McDowell

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North Durham Academy

SCS Contract Scope:

SCS installed the Sto Rotofix Insulated Render System to the external facade of the academy, providing a stunning finish without the need for movement joints.

Main Contractor: Carillion
Client: North Durham Academy
Contract Date: 2013
SCS Contract Value: £230,000
SCS Project Leader: Peter Coatsworth - Contacts Director

Barnsley Schools

SCS Contract Scope:

SFS; Drylining and Partitioning; Plastering; Suspended Ceilings; Acoustic Panels and Rafts

Main Contractor: Laing O'Rourke
Architect: Various
Client: Barnsley Partnership for Learning
Contract Date: 2007 - 2012
SCS Contract Value: £7 million
SCS Project Leader: Rodger Lambert; Dave Millard; Paul Flynn; Doug Topham; Pete Baker; Steve Potts; Danny Harkin; Dan Barrett

Barnsley Academy

SCS Contract Scope:

In keeping with the United Learning Trusts bold vision for education, this was a futuristic development that set new standards for schools and colleges in the Barnsley area. To fulfil the ambitious designs, our specialist teams, employed high-tech Metsec SFS systems and advanced drylining solutions.

We also air sealed the building during installation to increase energy efficiency, reduce external noise and improve indoor air quality.

Main Contractor: Bowmer & Kirkland
Architect: Howarth Litchfield Partnership Durham
Client: United Learnings
Contract Date: Jan 2008 to Jan 2009
SCS Contract Value: £1.40 million
SCS Project Leader: N McDowell / P Flynn

Huddersfield University

SCS Contract Scope:

SCS Groups proven expertise in installing Metsec SFS framing and British Gypsum drylining and partitioning helped the university realise its ambitious plans for new campus facilities.

Main Contractor: HBG Construction
Architect: Darnton Elgee
Client: University of Huddersfield
Contract Date: 2007
SCS Contract Value: £865,000
SCS Project Leader: D Friend

Leeds Schools for the Future

SCS Contract Scope:

To provide these futuristic developments with an interior finish to match, we combined the industrys most advanced materials and extensive on-site experience including: Metsec SFS, British Gypsum Dry Lining Systems. Armstrong Ceilings and Ecophon Wall Panelling.

Main Contractor: Interserve Special Projects
Architect: Watkins Gray International
Client: Leeds LEP
Contract Date: 2007-2008
SCS Contract Value: £3million
SCS Project Leader: R Lambert

York University NSLC

SCS Contract Scope:

To take the university campus into a new era, our team was asked to provide a comprehensive range of internal finishing solutions including: Metsec SFS, British Gypsum drylining, feature ceilings and Armstrong World Industries suspended Ceilings.

Main Contractor: Laing O'Rourke
Architect: Farrell & Clark
Client: York University
Contract Date: 2006
SCS Contract Value: £600,000
SCS Project Leader: R Lambert