Broadbridge Primary School, Eglinton

Piperhill construction delivers school which will serve the needs of Eglinton community for generations to come


Piperhill Construction Ltd was the main contractor on the £2.3 million Broadbridge Primary School project, at Coolafinney Road, Eglinton. The project saw the delivery of 10 new classrooms, a sports hall, refurbishment of the existing school building, decanting of existing school mobiles, associated site works, street- lighting site services, drainage and the remodelling of the existing car park and front entrance.

It was delivered within a live school environment for the Trustees of the school. The scheme was designed by RMI Architects and the Consultant Engineer was Mott MacDonald.

Piperhill has a strong track record of delivering high-quality buildings. The company’s in- house project teams have years of experience in identifying and implementing a wide range of new build, renovation and refurbishment projects. Piperhill prides itself on its network of specialist supply chain partners who can take the strain off clients as the project develops through the onsite delivery process to turnkey project completion. This project had such a tight turnaround and each of the supply chain partners played a vital role in the delivery. The contractor had eight weeks during the summer holidays when the school was closed to complete the refurbishment works to the existing building as well as digging out the front car park for installation of new Power NI Kiosk for the new mains supply.

“We are very pleased. It is a building which will serve the needs of the school very well,” said Piperhill Site Manager, Gerard McGuigan.

“I must pay tribute to the School Principal, Daniel McLaughlin who was extremely helpful and brilliant to work with throughout the project. Having that good working relationship with the client on projects like this is certainly an important element and I have to say Daniel was a great guy to work with.”

The new build incorporates a number of green technologies and has an underfloor heating system which is controlled remotely by a company based in Belfast in an effort to ensure energy wastage is kept to a minimum.

The new sports hall has been marked out to ‘Sport England’ standards to allow the school and community to host school netball tournaments. The local community had also part-funded this element of the school. The school has a water infiltration system which allows for surface water to soak back into the ground through permeable asphalt surfaces. This system negates the need for sloping surfaces to drain away water, helping reduce the potential for flooding whilst also reducing drainage costs.

Piperhill Construction Bid- Business Development Manager, Cheryl Bailie said the company is proud of how the project has been finished. “The end result of a lot of hard work is a school which will serve the needs of the Eglinton community for generations to come and we are very proud to have played a central part in that,” said Cheryl. “We’re also proud of how well everyone on this project came together and completed the project in a thoroughly professional manner.”

Throughout the project period, Piperhill continually engaged with the School Trustees, local businesses and the local community, not only in terms of managing the build during term time but also to achieve good value engineering benefits and cost savings which could be redirected to some additional renovation works to two other areas within the existing school.

As a Construction Company, Piperhill has been operating since 1997. It delivers a wide range of projects across a diverse number of sectors. A recently completed new build project in London, Barking and Dagenham ‘Future’ OnSide Youth Zone has been shortlisted as one of the finalists in the Construction Excellence Awards 2019 category ‘GB and Republic of Ireland Construction below £5m.

Piperhill Construction, Unit 14 Acorn Business Centre, 2 Riada Avenue, Ballymoney
T: 028 2766 2123

JP Corry supplied oak veneered timber frame doorsets to Broadbridge Primary School. A number of these sets also included glazing and acoustic seals with various fire ratings up to 60 minutes. The door sets were supplied with hinges and prepared for other ironmongery.

JP Corry also supplied a number of timber screens to connect to the doorsets. The company can supply everything from foundations to the finishing touches of a construction project and in addition, JP Corry boasts several landscaping centres and architectural product showrooms.

JP Corry, 648 Springfield Road, Belfast, BT12 7EH
T: 028 9024 3661

Mono-Rend Ltd was the plastering contractor on the Broadbridge Primary School project.

An eight-strong team took approximately six weeks to machine apply 3,500 sq mts of hard coat and skim throughout the refurbished and newly built areas of the school. Mon-Rend Ltd has worked with Piperhill Construction on a number of occasions with Mond- Rend Director, Justin Lawn describing the contractor as an excellent company to work with.

T: 0759 6410 921

Ace Scaffolding provided the scaffolding for the Broadbridge Primary School project.

The Ballymoney-based firm supplied scaffolding around the perimeter of the building as well as the interior. Ace Scaffolding delivers professional scaffolding services for both domestic and commercial purposes anywhere in Northern Ireland.

The team of highly skilled scaffolders can supply, erect and dismantle their quality scaffolding. Services also include scaffolding sales as well as the provision of spectator stands at affordable prices.

T: 07980 302 594

Innovated Aluminium Technology (IAT) manufactured and installed all the clerestory windows, doors at Broadbridge Primary School.

IAT installed Metal Technology products throughout for this contract. They also worked closely with ironmongery specialists to ensure the access control system was compatible with the system.

It was also the first time that IAT has worked with Piperhill Construction and Managing Director, Leslie McClements says it is a working relationship he is keen to develop. “This job really showed Piperhill who we are and what we are capable of.”

T: 028 7181 0829