With schools around the UK screaming out for extra facilities for their students, it’s always a refreshing to see new projects that help to develop the needs of their students.
One such development is at Battersea Park’s Newton Prep School, which is currently undergoing an exciting extension project. Under the scheme, the learning areas will be extended via two brand new buildings on either side of the existing Edwardian building.
The £8.5m project will also see the installation of a new music school and sports hall in addition to a new lower school. Main Contractors Broadoak Construction began work in March 2011.
When complete, the school’s new departments will offer staff and pupils superior facilities. The three-storey lower school will comprise classrooms, a lower school assembly hall, WC facilities, a lift, a secretarial area, a nursery and an external play area.
The music school will include practice areas, a dance studio, a control room and an auditorium complete with tiered seating. The four-storey school will not only help students to find their voices, but it will also house a gymnasium and changing room facilities.
The steel frame buildings feature a terracotta rain screen clad facade and a polyester powder coated window system. The steel frames and external walls have now been completed and the anticipated overall completion date is mid-2012.
Broadoak Construction are no strangers to working on exciting projects, having already worked with leading name clients such as Hilton and Marriot.
Surveying director, Bob Allen, added: “We undertook the project with the same aim that we always set out with, which is to give our client excellent value for money and a pleasurable experience through the building process.
“All of our work needs to benefit the client and we need to be sure that our hard work is going to good use. I am pleased to say the construction continues to go well.”
The chairman of the school said: “At Newton Prep we are committed to investing in modern, state-of-the-art facilities to ensure that our pupils receive an excellent education. As Churchill said, ‘We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.’”
All of thehard work will no doubt pay off when the students and parents get to see the finished results.