The construction works were carefully programmed in conjunction with the school and the principal contractor was appointed on the basis of their proven experience of working in a live school environment – it was important they were also a member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
In recent years the school has gained valuable experience in undertaking major construction projects within the school campus, whilst maintaining the day-to-day running of the school and avoiding impact upon the local community and infrastructure.
Demolition was required to carefully remove the existing paved surfaces, which were retained for reinstatement once the extension and glazed walkways were completed.
The existing external façade of the main Assembly Hall remained, with exception of localised careful demolition of the existing window cill to allow a physical link directly with the extension.
Roof lights were also installed into the flat roof over the main Assembly Hall, close to the extension, to allow daylight and ventilation into the hall.
The extension has minimal impact upon the existing landscape of the school and only required careful modification of the existing local soft landscaping.
Any plants or shrubs affected by the extension were carefully removed and re-planted elsewhere within the school campus, with new ornamental trees introduced as part of the works.