Ruth Gorse Academy

Client: BAM Construction

Value: £1.9million
Location: Leeds
Contract Period: 52 weeks
Contract Type: BAM Bespoke Contract


Howard Civil Engineering's civils work package for the biggest free school in the country is now complete. The pupils of the Ruth Gorse Academy started their new 2016/17 academic year in the completed new building. This new Government-funded free school is located on previously derelict land between Black Bull Street and the New Dock development close to the Royal Armouries. It will eventually have 1,580 pupils and 150 staff, and is tipped to drive the regeneration of the south of the city centre.

Howard Civil Engineering, working for BAM Construction, carried out the substructure and superstructure RC works together with the foul and surface water drainage and external works package. As stated by MD Michael Howard, 'We are thrilled to be part of a project ultimately providing education for the children of Leeds.'

Scope of works

  • Substructures -  Cropping 516no concrete piles, 620m3 reinforced concrete in pile caps and ground beams
  • Ground floor -   968m3 reinforced concrete slab
  • Upper floors -  10,450m2
  • Foul water -  882m 150mm dia pipe upto 2.5m deep
  • Surface water -  580m 150mm to 375mm dia pipe upto 2.5m deep
  • Attenuation - 4.5m x 74m grate attenuation tank
  • External Works -  272m ACO channel. 7,000m2 bituminous surfacing and associated kerbs and edgings

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