Hull City Council

Background to specification

Hull Academy opened in 2011 as part of the National Academic Framework run by Hull City Council, Building Schools for the Future and sponsored by Hull College. To support Sirius Academy’s specialism in sport, the design featured include a six-court sport hall, three multi-use games areas and a 3G sports pitch, open to students and local community alike.

With places for 1650 pupils aged 11 to 18, the new £48 million Academy was to replace Pickering High School and be co-located with Ganton Special School and the Education Service for Hearing and Vision (ESHV), who would have their own hydrotherapy pool and an internal courtyard with a sensory garden linking the two schools.

Key criteria

Under the Balfour Beatty project, the attenuation system specified by structural engineers Gifford was fully welcomed by Moortown Construction, who have repeatedly used Tubosider’s helically wound galvanised pipe for its flexibility of design, loadbearing qualities and speed and ease of installation.

“Tubosider provide a package which is hard to beat – a fully designed and equipped system which can be adapted if conditions demand, with good advice and support. There is a rhythm to installing their tanks, and given their convenience and performance, it’s their system we like to see on the schedule,” says Moortown’s project manager Craig Milner.

Solution & benefits

Groundworks for the visionary new Academy ran well to schedule and budget, thanks to the easy installation of the first phase of Tubosider stormwater attenuation tanks due to serve the whole site.

Supplied ready for assembly, the first 636 m³ capacity tank was dug open cut and installed in four weeks, followed by a larger second tank in just three weeks. The final leg of the first phase was installed in summer 2010, followed in summer 2011 by the last tank as soon as the existing school was vacated.

With the larger tanks forming an 11-leg manifold for compactness, all four are fitted with pumping stations taking rainwater to a rising main, and access shafts at each end for easy inspection and maintenance.