Education

Fulneck School, Pudsey

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Fulneck School near Pudsey, Leeds has a history of over two hundred years. Members of the Moravian Church settled at Fulneck in 1744. Within the next few years of settling, housing, a school and a chapel were built - the last completed in 1748. In 1753 and 1755, separate boys' and girls' schools were opened. These were combined into one school in 1994.

The most notable aspect of the school is The Terrace - a large group and range of historic buildings with differing heights, materials, details, complicated junctions and interfaces, created over time by the addition of buildings either to one side or within infill sites. The whole of The Terrace is Grade I listed.

The practice was commissioned to carry out a detailed condition survey of all but the most recent of the historic buildings. The only cost effective way to inspect the roofs and upper parts of the building and obtain a thorough overview of condition was to commission a drone survey to provide close up and detailed still images and video footage. In addition to the external envelope the interiors of lower ground floors were included.

The practice provided a detailed building by building and element by element tabulated report with conditions, recommendations and priorities, together with costs for all identified items of repair and improvement. The report emphasized the need for a focused maintenance regime to ensure that the condition of these historic buildings is kept up to an appropriate and manageable standard, and to enable the school to budget for necessary shorter and longer term repairs. It also enabled the school’s maintenance department to tackle the more basic and everyday repairs in a structured and prioritised manner.

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