The Lighthouse School, Leeds

12 months
The Lighthouse School

STG was invited to tender for the refurbishment of The Lighthouse School as part of the YORBuild Framework.

The school was set up by parents of children with autism spectrum conditions in order to provide them with the specialist support they need to thrive. On behalf of the school, we undertook the conversion and refurbishment of an existing building (the former Cookridge Hospital) into a centre for up to 55 teenagers.

The building is partly single-storey and partly three-storey, consisting of disused wards, offices, stores and welfare facilities. It was in a considerable state of disrepair, having been left vacant for many years. Asbestos contamination and poor water-tightness have added to the dilapidation. External works included a full roof strip, re-felting and re-slating, render repairs, formation of soft play areas, installation of Weldmesh fencing and hard and soft landscaping.

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Internally, the scheme initially comprised stripping out redundant fixtures and fittings, temporary propping and minor demolition. Following these preparatory works, we undertook timber and leadwork repairs, floor void protection and formation of new openings where specified. We then installed structural steelwork, plus a new lift and shaft.  We worked closely with specialised sub-contractors to install Interactive Whiteboards and Data Access Controls.

 Further activities included insulation, over-decking of existing floors, IPS panelling and new bi-fold doors with access controls. Mechanical and electrical works were undertaken by our specialist sub-contractor. The scheme was concluded with internal fit-out works including joinery, new ceilings, creation of a server and painting and decoration.

 The site is located in Cookridge, to the north-west of Leeds city centre, set within its own grounds. Residential properties and the site of a new care home border the school site; therefore our team had to liaise closely with all neighbours and other contractors working in the vicinity to promote safe working practices at all times. 



In accordance with the CDM Regulations, our HSQE Manager developed a Construction Phase H&S Plan reflecting Pre-Construction information and site visits. This was held on site and formed a live working document ensuring we: 

  • Took account of site-specific requirements
  • Designed traffic management plans and arranged 'just in time' deliveries
  • Co-ordinated all Contractor activities
  • Provided employee training
  • Established Risk Registers & Method Statements
  • Manage site Security; the original building was a derelict hospital in a secluded location, therefore we recruited SIA-accredited Security Guards to conduct surveillance on a 24/7 day basis.

The following activities ensured strict adherence H&S:

  • All operatives were given H&S training, ranging from half-day/one-day courses, 2 day refresher courses and week-long SMSTS courses
  • Sub-contractors completed a Sub-contractor Questionnaire and provided copies of their H&S Policy and Risk Assessments
  • The Site Manager held an induction with operatives covering on-site responsibilities, risks and reminded them to act responsibly at all times
  • H&S documentation, Statutory Notices, CDM Plans, Risk Registers, Risk Assessments were held in the site office and a noticeboard erected displaying high risk activities to ensure employees acted accordingly
  • The Site Manager held Toolbox Talks covering relevant topics, trade handovers, best practice, changes in legislation and any incidents
  • Weekly Site Meetings were held to discuss the planned works and the risks involved
  • Barriers were erected with H&S signage to prevent the Public from entering the site
  • The following audits were carried out:
  • Daily and weekly reviews by the Site Manager
  • Regular audits by our H&S department, ensuring compliance with procedure and that documentation is up to date and accurate
  • Independent monthly audits by our external HSE Consultants, Hurst Setter

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