Hayes Higgins Partnership provided Civil and Structural Engineering Services and Design and Supervision Services for this project which was constructed under the GCCC Form of Contract. This project consisted of a two storey 16 classroom extension to the existing primary school, an integrated GP Room and ancillary accommodation and a Special Needs Unit.

This school was constructed in “system” or “rapid build”, construction in metal framing by ABM Main Contractors and Fusion Steel Framing Specialists including car parking, site services and roadways. External works included the provision of additional car parking, turning circle, sensory garden, additional play areas and landscaping to the site.

To achieve this fast track programme the building structure was manufactured off site using an insulated light gauge steel frame system which eliminated more traditional methods of construction such as in-situ concrete and block work. The design and build consortium planned a fast-track on-site construction duration of 35 weeks. 


Name of Project: Accelerated School Project - Aston Village Educate Together, Drogheda, Co. Louth.  

Means of Procurement: Design and Build 

Client: Department of Education & Skills 



Other sustainable technology incorporated into the design was a rainwater water harvesting system. Installed to collect rainwater at roof level, the water is then fed by gravity, through a dedicated system of underground medium density polyethylene (MDPE) pipe work to a leaf filter. Leaves and other debris are passed through the storm water system and the “filtered” rainwater is passed by gravity to an underground glass rainwater holding tank. This grey water is then re-used throughout the building. The building elements were specified with a high emphasis on sustainability and efficiency. The Building Energy Rating survey resulted in the building receiving a highly sustainable building energy rating band of A3.

Description of Role:

Civil Structural Engineering Services

Dates of Involvement:


Design Team

Architect: Opperman Associates 

Civil & Structural: Hayes Higgins Partnership

Mechanical & Electrical: Varmings

D&B Contractor: ABM Construction