Schools and Colleges
We create, refurbish and maintain school and colleges of all types and sizes, to provide inspiring, inclusive and sustainable places to learn
We have decades of experience in this sector and have delivered over 3,000 projects for a huge variety of schools and colleges. From Nursery and Early Years to Primary and Secondary Schools, 6th Form Colleges & Further Education, Special Education Needs (SEN), Free Schools, and Academies.
Collaboration is the key to our success. By engaging with academy trusts, colleges, Local Authorities, diocese bodies, the Department for Education (DfE), contractors, as well as staff, pupils and governors, and the communities they represent, we ensure that our learning environments are inclusive to all.
Working across the whole of the UK, we have a full understanding of the different country specifications, including the Welsh Assemblies Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme and the Scottish Futures Trust. Wherever we work, we take time to fully understand the individual needs of each client.
Sustainability is central to our work in education. We ensure that schools and colleges are designed to meet the latest DfE specification, delivering Net Zero Carbon and Passivhaus schools and colleges.
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All Saints CE Primary School
Set within Harrogate's pristine conservation area, the refurbished historic school has been brought into the modern era, with the flexibility to adapt to evolving teaching practices.
Drawing on our extensive off-site construction experience, the college sets the benchmark for further education teaching and learning, focusing on the development of students and their future career aspirations.
Darwen Aldridge Community College
Demonstrating regeneration in its vision, location, and use - the new academy promotes and prioritises inclusivity in education across all aspects of its design.
Harris Federation Trust
We have worked with the Harris Federation in providing a range of architectural and building consultancy services since 2013, including the full multi-disciplinary services required in the delivery of maintenance, refurbishment, remodelling and extensions of existing buildings.
Christ the Word Catholic School
The first school in Wales designed to reflect the findings of the Donaldson report, provides an innovative and transformational, faith-based education.
Cliffe Hill Primary School
Designed with accessibility and inclusivity at its heart, always putting pupil's experience first, it bridges the gap between the school and wider community.
Pound Hill Junior School
This new 3FE primary school was delivered in two phases, in phase one a new build block was built on the school site, followed by demolition of the previous main building and reinstatement in phase two.
Birkenhead High School Academy
The cohesive programme of refurbishment, remodelling and new build has transformed the all-through school and raises the bar for all-girls education, creating a space that encourages everyone to reach their full potential.
Answering the call for an innovative yet simple campus with a STEM focus, recognising the importance of better skills for the local community, to promote and offer skills pathways for future jobs.
Replacement Woodmill and St Columba's SchoolsSee more about the project
David Livingstone Memorial Primary School
The school is designed around a central ‘green heart’, which takes advantage of its south facing aspect.
Located in London’s Holland Park Conservation Area and directly next to the park itself, the 1,500-pupil school is a true embodiment of the school’s ethos and the curriculum on offer.
Using innovation and imagination to deliver inspirational learning environments that enhance education outcomesView all Schools and Colleges projects
Successful school sites provide more than just indoor learning, incorporating spaces for sports and outdoor activity, communal areas, pastoral care, and drop-off and pick-up points – all with the safeguarding of students in mind. Through considering how all these elements work together as part of the school masterplan, we deliver functional spaces that inspire students, which are flexible enough to accommodate ever-evolving methods of teaching.
Our experienced team help education estates to make the best use of their existing spaces, ensuring that sites are fit-for-purpose and safe long into the future. We help education spaces to achieve their Zero Carbon ambitions by managing their energy performance, improving efficiency. We also have extensive experience of all aspects of school refurbishment, from fabric-first upgrades to routine repairs and maintenance.
Delivering projects on time and on budget is something we pride ourselves on. With rigorous processes and controls in place to support technical delivery, as well as in-depth knowledge of different funding options, including CIF, our approach to school and college programmes offers significant advantages.
How students and staff use their college campus is unique to each one. We take time to understand their individual requirements, by considering the variety of operating methods, diverse timetables, and the different types of buildings and facilities needed to deliver these.
We work across entire college estates, delivering whole college masterplans, creating new college buildings, refurbishing existing spaces, carrying out necessary repairs and maintenance, and developing estate strategies and decarbonisation plans.
We focus on shaping colleges that will help set young people up for future employment and success, providing solutions that incorporate dedicated spaces for both academic and vocational education, with the integration of specialist facilities.
The spaces between college buildings are also key to encouraging interaction between students and instiling a sense of pride and community within their colleges.
While these places are designed for young adults, rather than children, safeguarding remains important, and we incorporate this as a standard throughout all projects in this sector.
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The Department for Education (DfE) push for education design to meet
The DfE’s push for education design to deliver a ‘Gen Zero’ product is laudable in its ambition. How will the construction industry meet this challenge?
Date: 22 Aug 22
by Imran Kassim
Building a clear picture of education estates
Good estate management in schools is crucial, but this can be challenging. Estate managers must embrace new technology to streamline estate audits and ensure learning environments are suitable..
Date: 15 Apr 20
by Lee McDougall
Director, Building Consultancy
Maintaining top class academy estates
How to maintain academy estates and maximise existing assets.
Date: 9 Dec 20
by Allan Hunt
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