Aerial of Hoe Valley School
BIM Revit model of Hoe Valley School

Image credits: Hunters South Architects, Hoe Valley School, Woking Council

Project Description

Client: Woking Borough Council
Location: Woking, Surrey
Year Completed: 2018
Project Value: £40m
Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction
Architect: Noviun Architects (formerly Hunters South Architects)

A two-year phased project to transform a 22-acre site to provide a new secondary school, leisure centre and sports facilities.

The school building houses state-of-the-art teaching facilities over three floors, including seven fully equipped science labs, open community spaces for project work and planning hubs for staff.

The Woking Sportsbox community leisure facilities accommodate a five badminton court sports hall, fitness gym, studio rooms, a club/meeting area and viewing gallery for use by centre users. Externally there will be an eight lane athletics track, two grass sports pitches, three all-weather five-a-side artificial grass pitches and two multi-use games areas.

Gyoury Self provided structural and civil engineering designs across the entire development, including the Section 278 Highway alterations and Section 104 adoptable foul drainage. All engineering work was carried out using Revit and in collaboration with project partners within the BIM environment.

The Challenges

Variable ground conditions required the use of cement/lime stabilisation to provide a uniform soil stiffness to support a reinforced concrete raft and the external paving.

The superstructure was then formed using a braced steel frame, with precast floors, rather than a more usual insitu concrete frame in order to keep the self-weight of the building to a minimum and so avoid having to pile the building.

Below ground surface water drainage required attenuation across the system to maximise the storage in each area, before finally being taken by culverts below Egley Road to a watercourse flowing into the Hoe Stream.

A 150m length of foul drainage had to be laid within Highway land, under a section 104 agreement, to connect to the existing public foul sewer to the south of the site.

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