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New facilities for Tonbridge School

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Written by Roma Publications

A project to provide Tonbridge School with new teaching facilities is nearing completion.

The project comprises the construction of a two-storey classroom block – known as The Chadwick Building – at the all-boys boarding school.

Work began on constructing The Chadwick Building on the 18th November 2013 and is currently scheduled to reach completion by 22nd August 2014. Baxall Construction Limited is the main contractor on the project, whilst ORMS Architectural Design is providing all architectural services on the scheme.

The new building’s frame and roof structure incorporate cross laminated timber, whilst the exterior finish of the building includes brickwork and cedar timber cladding. The building is being completed with aluminium composite windows, plasterboard wall linings and a curtain walling entrance.

The project includes groundworks and drainage as well as mechanical and electrical works. Externally cedar fencing is being installed outside of the new building, with brickwork steps leading to the new classroom block entrance.

Tonbridge School was founded in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judde and occupies a site of over 150 acres on the northern edge of Tonbridge. Since its foundation the school has been rebuilt twice on the original site, with the school estate increasing by numerous buildings in order to provide better educational facilities, enhance co-curricular provision, and improve the house system. The School now has over 780 boys (60% of whom are boarders) and is one of the leading boys’ boarding and day schools in the country; its aim is “to provide an unsurpassed education of excellence and breadth”.

The School, supported by Synergy, has embarked on an ambitious Masterplan for the development of its facilities to help in achieving its aim, and the Chadwick Building is the fifth project on this plan, following the conversion of an old gym into a new rackets court, the conversion of a basement into new classrooms, the rejuvenation of ‘Old Big School’ (a historic hall), and the refurbishment and extension of two chemistry laboratories. The next projects on the plan include the extension and modernisation of the gym in the Sports Centre, the construction of permanent tennis courts, the extension of the English department, improvements to parking, and the extension and modernisation of the Smythe Library.

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