Metal deck, the specialist steel floor decking division within Raised Floor Solutions, has secured the contract to supply and install just under 4000m2 of metal decking for a new school building, site entrance and reception under construction at The Seashell Trust in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.
Dubbed ‘Project Transformation’, the building marks the first phase of a five-year master plan to redevelop the entire school and campus and replace it with state-of-the-art facilities.
Over recent decades the care offered by The Seashell Trust, formerly the Royal School for The Deaf and Communication Disorders, has become more specialist, focusing on supporting children and young adults with complex learning difficulties, disabilities and additional communication needs who are unable to attend mainstream education. Having moved to its present site just after the Second World War, many of the School’s buildings are now out of date and unable to accommodate as many pupils as necessary or be easily and cost effectively adapted.
The full project will cost around £50million, part of which has been funded through the sale of land to a house builder. The Trust is actively campaigning for donations to assist with the build of the latter stages.
Metal deck was appointed by main contractor, and long-term client, Willmott Dixon to supply and install 3,877m2 of high-performance galvanised metal decking sheets, 158m2 of which will benefit from Magnelis® offering even greater corrosion protection and longevity.
The new school, reception and site entrance is due to open in Autumn 2022.
About The Seashell Trust
The Seashell Trust traces its origins back to 1823 when Robert Philips and Williams Bateman founded their first charitable school for deaf children in rented premises in Old Trafford. Bestowed Royal patronage by Queen Victoria, the number of pupils grew exponentially.
Throughout the decades that followed, the School’s founders and prominent patrons successfully campaigned for mainstream schools to be equipped with special provisions that allowed hearing impaired pupils to be educated alongside their peers.
Post second world war, the school, then known as The Royal School for The Deaf moved to its current premises in Cheadle Hulme. As society’s attitude to children with hearing impairment shifted and technology enabled most to be educated in mainstream schools and colleges, the School made the decision to specialise in the provision of care for those with more complex hearing needs, as well as children with autism, visual impairments, learning disabilities and complex health needs.
In 2008, the School changed its name from Royal School for the Deaf and Communication Disorders’ to the Seashell Trust. The school still enjoys Royal Patronage from HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Later phases of Project Transformation include:
- A sports centre for the Trust’s inclusive sport programme
- A major upgrade to it’s specialist college Royal College Manchester
- A training and community centre
- A family assessment services centre
To find out more or donate to The Seashell Trust and Project Transformation visit The Seashell Trust website.
What is Metal Deck with Magnelis®?
Magnelis® is a high-performance metallic coating manufactured by AcelorMittal which is applied during the manufacture of metal deck sheets to improve corrosion protection.
Magnelis® is produced on a hot dip galvanising line and is a unique chemical composition of zinc, 3.5% aluminium and 3% magnesium.
The main advantages of specifying metal deck sheets with Magnelis® include:
- Improved corrosion resistance of up to three times greater than standard galvanised steel, based on outdoor tests
- Excellent cut edge protection due to a ‘self-healing’ effect
- More efficient and cost-effective alternative to post-galvanised steels
- More environmentally friendly due to using significantly less zinc than similar products