A phased project under a traditional JCT contract comprising a new main building of 1,950m² including new classrooms, hall and atrium, and a subsequent refurbishment phase of 863m², designed by Scabal Architects. The project commenced in January 2010 with completion of the new build phase in May 2011 and the refurbishment of the existing building completed in January 2012. This enabled pupil numbers to increase from 230 to 460, including 56 nursery places.
Rydon assisted the architect in providing a technical solution for the complex Crosscam roof to the atrium, which provides a light and 'floating' design. We also found savings for the client that enabled them to make mid-contract enhancements to the design and use of the building in other areas.
Rydon worked closely with the architect and client to ensure structural design alterations had minimal impact on the programme, and met regularly with the head teacher to ensure the works minimised any impact on the day-to-day running of the school. Safety was paramount, with Rydon designing a special transport 'air lock' that ensures vehicles and pupils do not cross at the same time.
Landscaping and play areas were designed and constructed with different age groups in mind and the project incorporated an environmentally sustainable sedum roof and ground source heat pump.
In celebration, pupils were involved in a project to bury a time capsule in the atrium area.