Birmingham based builders and Mechanical Engineering Contractors Cameron Butcher are happy to announce their success in being appointed the contract to carry out a full heating installation at Finham Park Secondary School, Coventry.
The contract involves stripping out and replacing the existing pipe work and radiators to all classrooms as well as the installation of three new boilers. As part of the contract C.B will also remove the tower which currently houses the cold water header tanks. Covered walkways will also double up to carry the pipe work around the external perimeter of the school.
I’m really pleased to be working with Finham Park School on this project. We were competing against a number of other excellent contractors and are very pleased to have been selected by the school. The project presents many challenges which we are ready to meet. Our experience combined with excellent channels of communication with Mandy Gilmore the school Business manager will I’m sure ensure a smooth running project
Steven Butcher MD – Cameron Butcher Group Ltd
Mechanical Engineering Contractors
Cameron Butcher has a long history of working in the Mechanical Engineering field, it’s in our blood and something we’ve been involved with for many years. Steven Butcher started his career in M&E some 15 years ago working for the largest M&E Contractors in the UK and personally worked on multi million pound projects including Prisons, Canary Wharf, Hospitals, The Gherkin, Various Schools, apartment block, Care Homes, almost every sector.
There are a number of interesting elements on this particular project; the logistics of providing access to classrooms is an obvious big one for the school. One of the most visual parts of this particular project will be the removal of the header tank tower. Standing at 60 feet above the boiler room it’s a prominent feature which some might consider a bit of a carbuncle on the landscape (someone famous once said that). It’s a structure, the removal of which will signify a massive improvement to the heating efficiency of the school as well as reduced costs, lower carbon footprint and happier warmer students and staff.
We’ve created a Case Study page where you can keep up to date with the project. It covers all the Mechanical Engineering elements including the products used and the challenges we face.
Finham Park School is the Lead School in the recently established Finham Park Multi Academy Trust. Being judged as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted in 2015, for the second time, it is a Specialist College in Mathematics & Computing, a National Support School, and Leading Edge School. The school has recently been accredited to the World Class Schools Organisation – endorsing that Finham Park is a place where all students develop a love of “learning for life”.
With over 90 teaching spaces plus admin areas the school has room to accommodate over 1500 children and 300 post 16 year olds in sixth form.
The current boilers have served the school for over 40 years but had become increasingly problematic. With spare parts having to be “cannibalised”, the boilers have become inefficient and costly to run; combined with higher energy costs the school was seeing a real negative impact on funds. Also, there were obvious concerns that if the heating system failed over winter, the school may have to close creating the nightmare scenario of having to relocate 1500 students. This would present a logistical nightmare to the continuance of the academic timetable and learning environment.
With a total cost of £1.4 million, the funding for the project is made up from CIF Grant Funding, Salix Funding and an earmarked contribution from the school’s reserves.
For Cameron Butcher it’s always nice to get back to our roots and get involved in a pure mechanical engineering contract. If you need help with your heating system, whether it be boiler based or air conditioning feel free to call us on Birmingham (0121) 458 6677 or email us here. We employ our own heating and electrical engineers and are able to carry out all manner of installations.