Any project to upgrade, repair or modify buildings in educational settings is a chance to make a difference to young people; this is the value we bring to all our work in education. From minor repairs to brand new buildings and everything in between, our work is our opportunity to create welcoming and inspiring places in which to learn. In 2022, we completed a £2.7m project at Crestwood Community School in Eastleigh to create a new atrium, replacing an ageing roof that linked two school buildings. The project went beyond essential repairs and has transformed the school experience for students.
School Creating a corridor for collaboration
The roof which linked Crestwood Community School’s two campus buildings was old and prone to leaks. Previously used just as a connecting corridor between schools, the new enclosed atrium we have created has significantly enhanced the space and elevated its use for students. Communal workspaces, new seating and breakout areas line the new light and airy ‘mall’ that joins the two campus buildings together, becoming a vibrant space that supports the school’s culture as an inspiring and inclusive family.
Bringing value for money to education
We understand the importance of value of money, especially for schools where every penny counts. For Crestwood Community School we were able to incorporate the existing steel trusses, which we stripped back and painted to become part of the new atrium, a design decision that was taken in partnership with our client, Hampshire County Council. Work also included the installation of a radiant panel heating system on the atrium’s exterior to improve heating and ventilation, complete replacement of the existing 850m2 of concrete paving slabbed floor with new Marshalls granite-effect paving and the installation of 100 new solar panels with the energy produced used by the new ventilation units.
We recycled most of our building materials, which were donated to local good causes. Tin sheets taken from the roof were donated to a local art group for community projects and we involved our social enterprise partner, Community Wood Recycling, which provides work opportunities for disadvantaged people.
Working in a live school environment
We have worked in educational settings for over 60 years and know that schools are unique according to their specific values, approach to delivering the curriculum, location, building layouts, capacity, and ages of students. Our team has worked hard with the leadership team at Crestwood Community School to build trust and help us understand their vision and specific challenges. The project was completed during the academic year, so we ensured we phased our work around the school’s needs. A new one-way system walkway was created to divert footfall from the atrium and work stopped at regular intervals to manage noise, particularly during exam periods. This approach resulted in a smooth, zero harm project.
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