Project Progress - Bennett Memorial Diocesan School
Awarded by KCC, the project will provide a FE Basic Need Expansion by 2 form of entry. The works involve the erection of new 2 storey teaching block, extension to Ann Scott building, extension to catering/kitchen area and the provision of additional 22 car parking spaces.
The existing school consists of several stand alone buildings of 1, 2 and 3 storeys built at various times since it opened in 1953. The buildings are of a variety of architectural styles and quality but the majority share a common theme of at least part brickwork construction.
In this most recent period we have poured all the ground floor slabs and upstands to accept the new 2 storey frame and installed the required DPC’s and waterproofing measures to these upstands and below all the soleplates for the frames.
We have constructed an engineered mat to the perimeter of the building to support the scaffolding and created the temporary crane mats for the frame installation. The scaffold is 80% through its initial install.
The design for the new school was provided by Bond Bryan Architects and our works on site will include:
- The construction of a 2-storey new build. This will provide a range of general and ICT teaching spaces, a flexible hall space and staff facilities required to accommodate the proposed 2 Form Entry expansion (equivalent to 300 additional students).
- Minor alterations and extensions to two of the existing buildings in order to improve science facilities and provide additional capacity in the kitchen/servery.
- Improvements to the bus drop off area to reduce disruption/congestion at key drop off/pick up times.
- Improvements to the existing pedestrian pathways/new pedestrian link across the site in order to better separate pupil and vehicle movements.
- Provision of 22 additional car parking spaces to accommodate the planned new staffing requirements for the expansion.