Summerhill College, Sligo

Summerhill College is the largest boys’ school in the north west of Ireland with pupil numbers in 2017 expected to reach 1,000.  Dating back to the 1850s, Summerhill, the College of the Immaculate Conception, is steeped in history and tradition.  Located on a prominent site overlooking Sligo at the gateway entrance to the city, the College has undertaken a major redevelopment of the school campus.

The project involved the demolition of existing 1960s buildings to facilitate the construction of a new state of the art 7,000m2 educational building.  Completed in 2013, the new building includes classrooms, sports gymnasium, science laboratories, woodwork room, metalwork room, home economics room, music recording suite, dedicated prayer room, business room complete with over 40 computer stations, cafeteria and assembly area.

The Jennings O’Donovan design for the new buildings included 3-storey composite steel and concrete frame, single-storey portal frame and with the design for the Sports Gymnasium utilizing steel cell beams to carry the roof.

Our design philosophy for this project was to provide a non-intrusive structural frame to maximize service zones and provide architectural freedom for this landmark building.  The main challenge in this philosophy was to meet the budget constraints of this publicly funded project. Through Value Engineering exercises, Jennings O’Donovan presented sustainable structural solutions to the Design Team, so that costs and benefits could be analysed, and the optimal solution agreed upon.

Services Provided by Jennings O’Donovan

Jennings O’Donovan were responsible for Civil & Structural Engineering Services in accordance with the Department of Education & Science Design Team Procedures including; Arranging Site Investigations and preparing Site Investigation Reports; Structural design of the composite steel and concrete frame; Structural steelwork design. Reinforced concrete design; Coordinating the design with the Architectural and M&E design; Dilapidation / Condition Survey of existing College; Preparing Designer’s Risk Assessments; Preparing Stage Reports for submission to the Client; Cost Analysis and Value Engineering; Preparing Tender Documents and Specifications; Tender Analysis; Site Inspections; General supervision of construction including Attending Design meetings, Client Meetings and Site Meetings to end of Defects Liability Period; Preparing Construction Drawings and Specifications; Technical supervision of the Works Contractor; Design and detailing for connections to existing services and infrastructure.