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Oxford school uses offsite company to expand facilities

Bartholomew School used modular building company, Actavo Building Solutions, to build the facilities offsite

Posted by Hannah Vickers | May 16, 2017 | Facilities management

Modular building company, Actavo | Building Solutions, has provided Bartholomew School with a new exam and sixth form centre. 

Based in Eynsham, Oxfordshire, Bartholomew School had been looking to reduce the pressure caused by growing pupil numbers, year-on-year.

Actavo | Building Solutions worked with Ridge and Partners LLP to deliver the school’s new sixth form centre. The new, single-storey, 352m2 extension includes a multi-purpose hall for study and, during the exam season, the space for 130 exam desks. The area contains a folding, acoustic partition, foldaway tables and trunking with power points to allow pupils plug-in access for laptops and portable devices. The new facility also comprises a cloakroom, kitchen, plant room, cleaner’s cupboard, two staff offices, furniture store and three unisex toilets.

The new sixth form centre has been finished in mink render with a red brick plinth to match the school’s existing modular classroom complex and includes a hip-end, pitched roof.

Matthew Goff, UK operations director at Actavo | Building Solutions, says: “The demand for cost-effective buildings – which can be completed quickly to high performance standards – has escalated dramatically and, increasingly, schools are turning to offsite construction for optimum solutions. For instance, schools like Bartholomew need extra facilities, delivered quickly on a tight budget. They’ve seen what we can achieve and we have looked forward to working with them again to add to a sparkling new sixth form facility to their campus.”

Mark Harrison, Site Development Officer at Bartholomew School, said: “It’s not just about accommodating the ever-increasing number of pupils that Bartholomew School attracts. In particular, we needed a building which would add to the learning experience in the sixth form, as well as contributing to the ever-increasing pressure on exam space. The building is in keeping with our architectural heritage and sits well amongst the surrounding older buildings, giving a much needed fresh aspect.”

Our new modular sixth form centre can be remodelled, extended and relocated to swiftly accommodate changing needs. This is vital for schools on tight budgets across the country - Mark Harrison, Site Development Officer at Bartholomew School

All Bartholomew School’s modules have been pre-fitted with electrics, plumbing, heating and the initial internal finishes from the factory, before being delivered onsite, where they were craned and fixed into position onto prepared foundations. 

Mark continued: “It is commonly known that school campuses need to adapt to many changes over the years. We are told that our new modular sixth form centre can be remodelled, extended and relocated to swiftly accommodate changing needs. This is vital for schools on tight budgets across the country.”

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