Carterton Community College

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The creation of a sustainable and flexible new college dining hall.


This is the second construction project Beard has carried out at Carterton Community College for Oxfordshire County Council and follows the creation of a two-storey general teaching block. On this project, Beard has created new open plan dining space offering multi-purpose flexibility.  The project involved extending the existing school dining hall and adding a new reception and entrance area.


  • The construction was carried out in a live school environment which meant that the health and safety of pupils, staff and visitors was a top priority
  • The existing dining hall remained in use during the build which meant that the programming of works needed to be planned sensitively and collaboratively with college staff to minimise disruption
  • Early into the project the team needed to divert underground high voltage electricity cables to run around the works area. Careful planning and a proactive approach helped minimise delays to excavations and construction


The building incorporates a structural steel frame with a curving roofline and curtain wall glazing.  Sustainable features, which include timber walls with high levels of insulation and a ‘sedum’ grass green roof, help to achieve an efficient building with low running costs.

“This dining hall extension provides a valuable new space for the college.  Beard’s team rapidly developed a close working relationship with school staff, were quick to resolve issues that arose and contributed to the successful conclusion of this project.”

Ray Sturgeon, Principal Delivery Officer, Property & Facilities, Oxfordshire County Council


Oxfordshire County Council

Contract value



Oxford Architects Partnership

Quantity surveyor


Contract duration

30 weeks

Form of contract

NEC 3 Option A

Procurement Method


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