CAFRE Loughry Campus, Cookstown

The primary objective of Loughry Campus was to develop learners’ skills and competitiveness through education, training, business and technology programmes, to meet the needs of the food industry.

This project comprised the design & construction of a new build extension, on a brownfield site within an existing educational campus. It incorporates classrooms, commercial kitchens, laboratories and a food tasting suite on the ground floor. On the first floor it contains a computer suite, seminar room for circa 100 people, as well as other associated facilities.

The 2,500m2 facility was built in phases including the demolition of part of the original building. It was designed with environmental sustainability in mind and features biomass heating, solar PV and rainwater harvesting systems

We also constructed several retaining structures for their Food Innovation Centre to accommodate the shape and form of the multi-level building. It required us to excavate for and create new foundations to the western end of the existing Campus.  In addition, this area was a controlled zone so all work areas had to be screened off and negative pressure maintained to ensure no dust or debris escaped.

One of the hidden saviours of the project was the infiltration drainage systems constructed beneath the hard-landscaping areas. These ensured no rainwater from the school entered the existing main storm drainage systems.

The site was extremely congested as the new building was built around the existing school, which remained in full operation throughout with over 1,000 pupils and staff using the campus. The site was protected at all times with high quality solid hoardings along all boundaries and safe access and egress routes were clearly marked.