Case Study: Heating System Refurbishment – Levenshulme High School

Case Study: Levenshulme High School Heating Refurbishment

Client: Levenshulme Academy Trust / Lancaster Maloney

Sector: Education

Budget: £556,000

Completed: October 2023

Services Used

Refurbishing a school’s heating system, which had reached the end of its life.


Opened in 1923 Levenshulme High School is housed in an impressively large period building on Crossley Rd, Manchester. Today, it is a thriving and well-respected secondary school for girls, serving the local area.

Project Scope:

Meel Group’s 2023 flagship scheme delivered for our valued clients Lancaster Maloney and Levenshulme Academy Trust.

The works involved included removing the redundant heating system, including boilers, plant and associated controls and 100mm diameter distribution mains running throughout this large secondary school and the large cast iron radiators it served.

A high standard of finish was completed throughout the installation, befitting the architecture of this impressive building.

The contract was won by Competitive Tender.

Scope of works:
  • Removal of old heating system controls and flues
  • Installation of new stainless steel system, boilers, pumps, press set and ancillaries.


  • A whole new building management system was installed, including all remote field wiring.
  • Large-scale patch paint and repair was completed after the redundant system was removed.
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Project Challenges:

Removing the existing system proved challenging as it was an old 100mm one pipe system. This pipework was installed 100 years ago and had accumulated a century of heating sludge. The school building is very large, and removing the waste materials posed some challenges.

Health & Safety:

At the Meel Group, we take health and safety very seriously. All RAMs were in place, and we had no incidents during the project.

We managed the removal of asbestos from an internal boiler house wall, employing a specialist licensed contractor to remove it.

The extensive existing pipework was very heavy. Our engineers removed it safely and employed mechanical means where applicable.


Numerous variations were issued for additional works requested as the scheme progressed. The funds were available from within PC sums and contingency figures.

Project feedback:

Very positive feedback was received from our client on the quality of the installation and the standard of finish.