Eden school development

This is a new build project to create a permanent home for Eden School in Blackburn, Lancashire, which will accommodate up to 60 pupils.


The contract for this scheme was awarded by the Education Partnership Trust (EPT) through the North West Construction Hub Framework. The EPT is a not for profit multi-academy trust and approved academy sponsor. Eden School opened in temporary accommodation in September 2014 to provide first class education and support that is designed to suit the needs of young people with behavioural, emotional or social difficulties (BESD).

The scheme started on site in May 2015 and is due for completion in March 2016.

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More than just a building project for ISG

“Clearly this was more than just a building project for ISG. It was a great team and we all got on very well through the highs and the lows. In terms of expectations, we are thrilled with what we have ended up with.”

The Passage CEO, Mick Clarke

The building’s new bright and airy spaces, modern kitchen, flexible conference facilities, new bed sits and NHS treatment rooms are a far-cry from The Passage of old.

The three original buildings on Carlisle Place, which make up The Passage, were built in the mid-1800s, and the buildings have always catered for the poor and the destitute in the community.

The buildings functioned as both a school and an orphanage before The Passage took over in 1980, becoming the UK’s largest voluntary sector homeless resource centre.

“We had a building which was falling apart and wasn’t particularly welcoming,” said Mick. “So the opportunity to refurbish inside and out was an opportunity we were thrilled to seize.”

"This job has been challenging..."

ISG engaged in a huge design and build project, which would radically alter the internal structure and layout of the building. All floor levels across the three buildings were brought into alignment, which meant removing and installing new floor slabs and structural steel beams. The iconic façade was completely redecorated, while stained glass was moved from a former on-site chapel and installed into a brand new double-height reception area. ISG also installed new staircases, lifts, shower blocks and bathroom facilities, training centres and IT rooms, a library, a specially-designed two storey ‘winter garden’ with a glazed roof and a brand new roof terrace.

ISG project manager, Mark Kermack, said the project was challenging due to complex logistical issues, neighbourhood relations, and a phased handover that involved creating temporary office space for The Passage staff, who continued to work throughout the refurbishment process.

“This job has been challenging in lots of ways. But it’s a quality product the client is delighted with. It ticks all the boxes in terms of why people would want to employ ISG.”
Mark Kermack, ISG project manager

Aims of the project

Aims of the project Eden School will provide young people aged seven to 16 with opportunities to achieve success in education. Pupils will benefit from an environment that offers a change from mainstream education, challenges their expectations and finds ways to inspire success in preparation for working life.

You can find out more about the school via their website edenschool.org.uk/ or check out their latest news on Twitter @the_eden_school

Impact of the works

Impact of the works We are committed to minimising disruption in the area as much as possible and so have set up a temporary site car park for operatives and site visitors, and deliveries will be between 8am and 5pm Monday – Friday. A Gateman will also be employed to monitor vehicle movements and access to and from site. Site working times will be between 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday with the rare exception made for specific operations which will give local residents prior notice of.


Getting involved

We are keen to maximise the benefits to the local area during our time on site and plan to engage the labour force, school pupils and staff, and the community on this project as much as possible.
 - Local project labour
 - A sizeable percentage of the materials and workforce required to deliver this scheme will be procured locally, either directly or via sub-contractors 

- Learning opportunities 
- We have committed to creating a number of apprenticeships and training opportunities on this project and will work with partner agencies to facilitate this
- Support for the school - We recently provided one of the meeting rooms in our regional office at Salford Quays to be used for the Eden pupils’ SATS exams across two days

- Support for the school - We recently provided one of the meeting rooms in our regional office at Salford Quays to be used for the Eden pupils’ SATS exams across two days and will be involving students with site visits and talks featuring updates from our design team, site team and sub-contractors.

Considerate Constructors

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) is the national initiative set up by the construction industry to improve its image. As part of this, we are registered with the Scheme and will be monitored against a Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond the norm. We place a high value on maintaining good relationships with neighbours, and as we are going to be part of the community for a period of time, we will provide updates on site progress regularly via this website.

We are one of only a handful of companies invited to become Associate Members of the CCS, promoting responsible working practices within construction. We have also been awarded 18 National Site accolades at the 2015 Considerate Constructors Awards, an all-time record for the business.

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Contact us

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the project, or if you wish to discuss potential training opportunities. Our site office is based location? and our Senior Site Manager is Mick Wilks: mick.wilks@isgplc.com