This project involved the construction of a new BREEAM Very Good rated science block at St Crispin’s School. The building comprised seven science classrooms, two preparation rooms, a meeting room and a lecture theatre. The project also included the construction of a new floodlit multi-use games area.
The building is a two-storey reinforced concrete frame structure and slab construction founded on pad foundations, with a flat roof and clad with precast concrete panels. Extensive enabling works were carried out to provide suitable working areas that were completely isolated from the existing school grounds.
It was a planning requirement of English Heritage that the building incorporated Crittall windows to match other buildings on the Grade II listed campus; this was managed within the programme period. Internal finishes are a mixture of dry lining and plastered finishes, decorated walls and carpet or vinyl flooring.
Externally, we constructed a large steel and glass canopy supported by columns with cast steel nodes, and carried out hard landscaping works.
We undertook extensive value engineering and redesign exercises to assist with the client’s budget; considerable savings were achieved without compromising the quality or aesthetics of the building.
We redesigned the panels to the external walls so that they could be manufactured in larger sections than originally envisaged, with expressed dummy joints to replicate the desired look. This reduced the overall panel count, improved the quality of the external fabric, resulted in cost savings and reduced the installation programme by seven weeks.
Wokingham Borough Council