Appointed by Kent County Council, WW Martin are working on site at the South Borough School in Maidstone to expand a primary school from a 1FE to 2FE (Forms of Entry) school. When complete the two-storey extension will provide 6 new classrooms, additional circulation space, break out areas, toilet facilities and a new plant room.
The expansion to the school has been carefully designed so that the windows, doors, walls and floors all closely match the existing materials. Environmentally sustainable features will include a natural ventilation system, an energy efficient lift, underfloor heating and LED lighting.
With works being undertaken within a live education environment, all activities are being carefully planned and managed to avoid disruption to the running of the existing school.
Through utilising Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) in the construction of the new two storey building, a significant amount of the work is being constructed off site. The SIPS timber system which will mainly consist of pre-formed walls and floors has helped to reduce the construction period and will enhance the energy efficiency of the school when in use.
The proposed extension will help accommodate the population growth within the local catchment area, as well as the increasing number of pupils travelling to the school from further afield. With a planned completion date of Summer 2017, South Borough Primary School will increase its capacity from 210 to 420 pupils, ready for the new September term.