Kilcolgan Educate Together NS

Kilcoran, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway

Total SQM: 80

Project Duration: 9 Weeks

Special Education Trainning Block

Project Feature:

  • Building Energy Rating (BER): A
  • Low Carbon in Operation
  • BCAR Compliant
  • Specialist Classroom Block
  • Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB)

Project Info:

First Opening its doors in 2016, Kilcolgan Educate Together National School in Clarinbridge has an enrolment of more than 200 pupils, which is growing year on year.

To meet this growing need for space, and provide specialised education trainnig rooms, planning permission was granted to extend the school’s footprint.

During the design process, the site was identified as an area of high radon. Asset Accommodation approved radon protection process was followed to ensure the delivery of a safe, compliant SET block of three classrooms for Kilcolgan National School.

An additional one-meter overspill permitter was added around the complete circumference of the planned classroom block site, and the site was fitted with a radon sump and ventilated area.

All radon-protection works were fully documented and approved ahead of the delivery of the nearly zero-energy building (NZEB) that was manufactured offsite by Asset Accommodation.

Following the three-day radon protection site installation, the classroom project was delivered and completed within two months, including a retaining wall, soakaway for storm drainage and the connection of the new classrooms to all of the school’s existing services.

M & E Project Specidications:

Heating - Plumbing, ventilation and installation of a Split Air Conditioning Heating and cooling system. Room controls have been installed with ease of use in mind.

Plumbing - Boosted cold water is provided to all cold water outlets throughout the building with non-concussive taps to all wash hand basins within the toilet areas. Hot water is provided by efficient point-of-use water heaters, along with height-adjustable sinks.

High-end electrical fit-out, exceeding building control requirements.

Efficient LED light fittings throughout, with programmable PIR presence detection sensors.

Call alarm system connected to school’s security system.


“Following confirmation that the area was identified as being a high risk area for radon we took the following steps:
  • Fit Radon Sump

  • Blinding place on top of sump to form level surface

  • Monarflex RMB400 radon protection lay to cover footprint of building and an additional

  • 1m around perimeter with all joints sealed

  • Blinding and 100mm of 804 fill then place on top

  • Underground drainage and cross ventilation strategy for this scheme would then be formed

  • Project was carried out on a live school environment, with a haul road required to safely move materials off site

  • Usual connections to ESB, data, fire and intruder alarm to assure seamless handover to school


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