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Mary Hare School

Newbury, Berkshire

Primary school, boarding house & sports hall

Maximising potential


The new primary school and boarding house is located on a green site, at the heart of Mary Hare Secondary School. The primary school is a steel frame construction, single ply roof, brick, and timber facade with glazing. A courtyard sits in the middle offering a breakout area for each classroom.

The primary school comprises of six classrooms, library, food technology areas, multiroom hall with full glass panelling across one side leading to the courtyard, storerooms, toilets, and staff breakout areas.

The layout of the building and transparent views creates an feeling of openness, stretching throughout the classrooms, to the courtyard and into the hall.

The boarding house includes six bedrooms with four beds in each room, and two carers rooms with four beds and a kitchenette. 

The building is a RC frame with timber cladding split across two levels, one being below ground.

The overall buildings are split into a three-storey sub terrain with half of one of the buildings below ground, this section contains the plant equipment and is accessible via a ramp sweeping around the building.

The project was built surrounded by Category A trees and in a AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty).

£8.2 M





Mary Hare School


Architecture PLB

Quantity Surveyor

Frazer Garner Associates

Form of Contract

Design & build, single stage


The safety of students was priority, which was particularly challenging as Mary Hare is a school for deaf children. Our customer's main concern was vehicle movement, as students would not be able to hear traffic noise.

Our Project Manager installed sensor triggers at certain points on the paths, which flashed lights as soon as a vehicle had entered that particular zone.

A full time banksman was also positions at key areas to manage traffic.

Budget & Value Engineering 

Value engineering exercises were delivered throughout the project, with the customer, architect and construction team, to identify cost savings within the design and build brief.

Spoil Movement

To prevent a large cost to the customer, we were able to move a large amount of the spoil, which needed to be removed, to another field. We created a temporary track across the fields to eliminate any interface between the school and the movement of spoil. The temporary track was also used.

project statistics


Pieces of steel


soil reused 


Ton of rebar


concrete frame


Buildings below ground


Frames, RC & Timber