Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

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Description

The construction of a new three storey education space provides 15 classrooms to accommodate English, Maths and Art Studios, as well as a new sixth form common room and staff areas.

The project which was delivered as part of a larger master plan adopted by the school to replace all of their ageing mobile classrooms provides new, modern day facilities offering improved learning spaces for current and future students.

This phase was located to the rear of the school within the current grounds, between the existing sports hall and the end of a two-storey building. Given the location of the site, extensive risk planning and detailed method statements were undertaken for all elements of the works to ensure the safe delivery of the project.

The planning of the works on site were part of the extensive consultation process undertaken with both staff and students. Various presentation and engagement sessions were also held for the key stakeholders including the local community before and during the delivery of the scheme.

The construction phase of the project saw the use of an in situ concrete frame to aid the construction delivery time but also to meet the Architects design for exposed concrete finishes to all floors to give the building a contemporary look. The environmental performance of the building also benefits from the exposed concrete as it acts as a heat reserve during the day which then cools during the night, creating a comfortable space to learn in all seasons.

To ensure that the use of concrete did not adversely affect the operation of the school, floating acoustic ceiling panels were used not only help to reflect natural light into the internal areas (which concrete would absorb), but also create acoustic attenuation which is key a requirement for a teaching environment.


Details

Client: Maidstone Grammar School for Girls
Architect: Lee Evans Partnership LLP
Value: 3,500,000

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