RISE was tasked in designing a timber superstructure for a new sixth form school in Bellerive, Liverpool. The building is a four storey structure providing reception, kitchen, offices, dining and music room at the ground floor with 21 classrooms on the upper floors.
The school measures approximately 40m x 24m and is formed from two overlapping duo-pitched wings which are offset on plan and overlap forming a valley roof along the middle third of the building. Supporting the long roof valley beam proved to be an interesting problem. We resolved the challenge by designing a ridge beam supported by cranked beams within the walls. The roof and masonary cladding were both supported by the timber.
The first storey was a steel frame construction and the remaining three storeys were built with a timber superstructure.