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Seddon Completes £4.2M Extension and Refurbishment at the Dean Trust Academy

Contractor partner Seddon has now completed a serious of £4.2M Extension and Refurbishment works at the Dean Trust Academy in Ardwick. The project was secured via the Procure North West Framework under a two-stage design and build basis.

The construction comprised of a steel frame, built of reinforced concrete pad foundations bearing on stone displacement piles. The main extension was three-storeys, with a single storey extension for the dining block. The façade is a mixture of curtain walling and SFS/cladding with a single ply roof. The internal partitions are drylined to form teaching spaces, built off reinforced concrete floors.

The project also entailed the remodelling of the internal areas to create additional teaching facilities and accommodation. External works consisted of a new car park with drainage and landscaping works.


The school increased its intake from September 2020 and as such required as much of the works to be complete for the new students as possible. Therefore, Seddon incorporated the school calendar into their programme, considering key events such as exams to ensure disruption is minimised. site managers met daily with the school caretaker to discuss planned works and any coordination changes. Strict delivery schedules were in place to reduce congestion around peak times such as drop off, pick up and lunch hour. The outcome resulted in a phased handover, with completion of the dining block ready for the new school year and completion of the teaching block ahead of October half-term.

Seddon ensured added social value was provided with various curriculum support activities for the Trust’s students. Many students attended numerous site visits, including a ground breaking ceremony. Other support included careers talks and work experience for BTEC L2 and L3 students. Health and safety talks were held for all students to raise awareness of the dangers of construction sites to prevent trespass and other unwanted interest. Careful consideration was therefore given to safety and disruption throughout the project. Full segregation was implemented using solid timber hoarding to prevent trespass and reduced noise in working areas.


John Shannon, Business Unit Director, Seddon “This project builds on our strong education experience and ability to enhance school facilities and the quality of learning environment for students”

Nick David, Chief Financial Officer, The Dean Trust “The trust has been very impressed with Seddon’s approach to the delivery of the contract in what has obviously been extremely challenging and unprecedented circumstances. This has also been noted by our board. I am therefore grateful to both the school and the trust to take profession of the new facilities. We are also very pleased with the final product!”

Faye Dolan, National Framework Manager “Procure Partnerships have been delighted to support The Dean’s Trust on this project. The completed project provides students with all important additional teaching’s facilities. Seddon have done a fantastic job working closely with the Trust to ensure the project was successfully delivered.”