Eton College, Evan’s and Farrer Houses, Berkshire

  • Eton College, Evan's and Farrer Houses

  • Eton College, Evan's and Farrer Houses 3

  • Eton College, Evan's and Farrer Houses 2

An unobtrusive refurbishment and upgrade of student boarding facilities.


Beard was contracted by Eton College to refurbish and upgrade student accommodation and improve living areas for over 100 staff and students. The scheme involved a high quality refurbishment of 50 study-bedrooms at Evan’s House and the construction of a three-storey extension within an adjoining courtyard. Beard delivered the scheme in phases to enable the boarding residence to remain open and operational throughout the project.

Beard was also awarded a second project to refurbish and upgrade the student boarding facilities at Farrer House.


  • Working in a ‘live’ college environment
  • Managing health and safety in a school environment, particularly when dealing with asbestos removal
  • Minimising disruption to daily college life


Beard’s approach to managing projects like this one and the strong relationships the project team built with boarding house staff were crucial factors in meeting customer expectations. Temporary partitioning helped to hide construction work and through daily interaction with staff, the team was able to programme noisy construction work around school activities to minimise disruption. A phased works programme allowed for a handful of students to be relocated into temporary accommodation while their bedrooms were being refurbished.

Rigorous health and safety systems and protocols were implemented throughout the works and the team was extremely effective in making the construction work as inconspicuous as possible.


“Our approach to managing projects like this and the strong relationships we built with boarding house staff were crucial factors in delivery on expectation.  Health and safety was a paramount concern, especially as we had to deal with asbestos at each phase.  Masking construction activity to remain as inconspicuous as possible was a key goal throughout the project.”  

Peter Aulsberry, Contracts Manager, Beard Guildford


Eton College

Contract value

£1.4 million


Edgington Spink & Hyne

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