Case Study - Highfields School Completion, Carillion

  • Civil Engineering
  • Education

Following the completion of works at the Carillion project at Highfields School (Open Case Study), we have yet another example of building success on a firm foundation.


As part of our continued environmental commitments and drive for value engineering, the Highfields School project included a ground modelling programme that reduced to nil the amount of cart away from site.

Through the detailed construction of a 3D model of proposed finished levels and the allocation of construction depths to each different area, our team were able to measure cut and fill requirements as the job progressed and stockpile material accordingly. 

This allowed for the effective use of any surplus material at the end of the project - during the completion of a sports pitch.  

The minimisation of the number of waste trucks on site, the reduction in CO2 emissions and intelligent 360° approach to a project demonstrate McDermotts’ commitment to our Sustainability Roadmap.

A breakdown of some of the works undertaken:

  • Reduced-level excavation and carting on site, balance of the cut and fill materials
  • Excavation of foundations, pile caps
  • Drainage
  • Pile mats
  • Tubosider Attenuation
  • Gabions
  • Floor slabs
  • External slab and block pavings
  • Tarmac roads and paths
  • Permeable paved car park and sub base
  • Lime stabilisation works
  • Installation of street furniture, cycle sheds, stands, etc
  • Construction of a curved concrete amphitheatre

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