Carterton Community College

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

Project

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.

Challenges

  • 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

Solutions

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

Customer

Oxfordshire County Council

Contract value

£420,000

Architect

Oxford Architects Partnership

Quantity surveyor

Northcroft

Contract duration

30 weeks

Form of contract

NEC 3 Option A

Procurement Method

Traditional

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