Client: Board of Management, St. Martin’s Special School

Architect: C.J. Falconer & Associates

Value: € 7,500,000

Location: Waterford

Description: This 4,100sq.m special needs school was designed for pupils with moderate, severe & profound learning difficulties with special educational needs.

The site is green field of approximately 4.14 acres and located on the grounds previously owned by Saint Otteran’s Psychiatric Hospital and is located within an established residential area.

The construction comprises of a masonry and steel framed single storey pitched roof building with lean-to corridor roofs with handicapped access features throughout.

In addition to the classrooms, the project included Multi-Sensory rooms, Ball Pool / Soft Play Therapy rooms, Woodwork, House Craft & Hygiene, Home Economics, Music & Art rooms, General Purpose, Library, Kitchen & Preparation areas, Staff room, Staff Canteen, Nursing Facility and offices. Clinician, Therapist and Library Spaces were constructed as well.

External works included landscaping with sensory garden, soft play areas, and all associated external works and drainage, new site boundary treatment, car parking and a new shared access road.

There was vibro compaction piling on this project as well as an extensive hoist system for lifting and moving students.