Appointed by Kent County Council, we have completed the construction works on site at the South Borough School in Maidstone to expand a primary school from a 1FE to 2FE (Forms of Entry) school.
Now complete, the project was carefully designed and constructed so that the building closely matches the existing buildings within the school grounds. The completed building features a two-storey extension to provide 6 new classrooms, additional circulation space, break out areas, toilet facilities and a new plant room. It also incorporates environmentally sustainable features including a natural ventilation system, an energy efficient lift, underfloor heating and LED lighting.
With works being undertaken within a live education environment, all activities were carefully planned and managed to avoid disruption to the running of the existing school and to safeguard all school users. We utilised a Structural Insulated Panels System (SIPS) in the construction process so that a significant amount of the work was constructed off site. This system consisted of pre-formed walls and floors which benefited the project by significantly helping to reduce the construction period.
The additional new teaching capacity is helping to 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 the school open from September 2017, South Borough Primary School has increased its capacity from 210 to 420 pupils.