Western Isles Schools

JBE successfully completed the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the Mechanical and Electrical Services to six new Schools within the Western Isles, Outer Hebrides.

The two-year project, which commenced in November 2010, consisted of a mix of new build and refurbishments covering the Isles of Lewis, Harris, Benbecula and Uist.

A summary of the works were as follows:

  • Nicolson Institute, Stornoway – this was a new build and refurbishment secondary school catering for 1,100 pupils.
  • Westside, Barvas – this was a new build primary school catering for up to 100 primary pupils and 23 pre-school pupils.
  • Balivanich, Benbecula – this was a new build primary school catering for 150 primary pupils and 60 pre-school pupils.
  • Sir E Scott School Tarbert, Isle of Harris – this was a new build and refurbishment for both primary and secondary education.
  • Point, Isle of Lewis – this was a new build primary school catering for 175 primary pupils and 40 pre-school pupils.
  • Daliburgh, South Uist – this was a new build primary school catering for 90 pupils and 12 pre-school pupils.
  • In addition to the above projects we also completed the refurbishment of the Pentland and Matheson Hall listed buildings.

Mechanical Services included LTHW Heating, Air Source Heat Pumps, Underfloor Heating, Air Conditioning, Mechanical Ventilation, Natural Ventilation, Sprinklers, Domestic Hot & Cold Water, Solar Hot Water Systems, Rainwater Harvesting, Above Ground Foul Drainage, Automatic Controls and associated Wiring, LPG and Sanitary Ware.

Electrical Services included LV Distribution and Switchgear, Small Power, Internal Lighting, Emergency Lighting, External Lighting, Stage Lighting, Lighting Controls, CCTV, Intruder Alarm, Access Control, Disabled Alarm Systems, Public Address, Fire Alarm System, Data, Audio Visual, Sound Amplification Systems, TV Installation, Clock System, Lightning Protection, Earthing and Bonding, Solar PV Generation and Passenger Lifts.

The incorporation of the above Low Zero Carbon Technologies ensured that the new schools achieved BREEAM Excellence.

To ensure the key programme dates were met, JBE implemented a delivery strategy where all plant and materials were sourced locally from mainland UK and Northern Ireland and delivered to a central transport location in Northern Ireland before being delivered directly to site.

Part of our contract requirements was ‘community engagement’ set by the Western Isles Local Council by recruiting a number of unemployed apprentices and school leavers to complement the company’s own expert staff.

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