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McAvoy builds new 420-place arts primary school offsite

The new free school, Ramsgate Arts Primary, is built on a former industrial site which required extensive remediation

Posted by Julian Owen | September 25, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

The McAvoy Group has delivered a new two-form entry school, built offsite for Ramsgate Arts Primary. The building provides state-of-the-art facilities for up to 420 children.

Part of Viking Academy Trust, the new free school's spacious building was funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency.

The scheme in Ramsgate is built on a former industrial site, which required extensive remediation, demolition works, and the relocation of an electricity substation, also carried out by McAvoy.

The 2078m2 building is constructed from 46 steel-framed modules, manufactured and fitted-out offsite to reduce the build programme. The units were craned into position in two phases, complete with doors, windows, partitions and first-fix mechanical and electrical services.

“It is remarkable what can be achieved with offsite construction in just a few months." 

Designed by Blue Sky Architects, the new facility features a dance studio, general classrooms, main hall, spacious staff room, offices, kitchen, small group rooms for special educational needs, and multi-functional open learning areas.

A key design feature was to have a library running through the heart of the school.

Commenting on the project, Head Teacher, Nick Budge, said: “It is remarkable what can be achieved with offsite construction in just a few months. This is an impressive school building and the McAvoy team worked hard to meet our needs. Having the library in the heart of the school has worked really well, creating additional areas for small group learning. Offsite construction is a great solution for new school buildings.”

 

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