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
Oxford Architects Partnership
Form of contract
NEC 3 Option A