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Dame Alice Owen's School - New 18 Classroom Teaching Block

Client: Dame Alice Owen's School
Value: £5.2m
Location: Potters Bar
Sector: Education,
Services: Education Funding, Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Structural & Civil Engineering, Education Surveys,

Project overview

The school required a replacement teaching block that matched their educational achievements and vision. Barker was selected to prepare and submit a Condition Improvement Fund bid and manage the resulting project. Following a successful funding application, Barker led surveying, architecture to planning stage, quantity surveying and full employer’s agent services to deliver the project to provide a spacious, modern and inspirational teaching block.

The brief

Dame Alice Owen’s is an outstanding school with a strong local reputation. They needed help and advice to secure funding for a project that had previously failed to attract . The functional requirement was for a new 18 classroom, three storey general teaching building to replace the existing 1970’s general teaching building that had reached the end of its viable life and offered a poor environment for teaching and learning.

The solution

Using their experience of government funding applications and their bid-writing expertise, Barker helped the school secure £3.3Million from the Department for Education’ CIF scheme for the project. The Barker team successfully managed the entire scheme which received planning permission in 2017. Barker lead the design and project team working closely with the school to translate their brief into a project that met functional, aesthetic and sustainability objectives. In addition to the teaching block the project included a significant landscaping scheme to form a new courtyard and amphitheatre. The project delivery was managed within strictly controlled budget and programme.

The new block is part of the school’s wider campus renewal programme. The building design offers generous circulation spaces which provide informal social and learning opportunities. Classrooms are arranged to take advantage of the views towards the courtyard on one side, and a tree covered hillside and lake on the other. All spaces are serviced efficiently along with adopting sustainable design solutions such as the incorporation of heat recovery units in the heating and cooling systems, thermal massing properties within the in-situ concrete frame and highly efficient glazing and fenestration on all facades.

The project was completed on schedule and within budget. The new block has been received very positively by both teaching staff and students who are enjoying teaching and learning in this light, fresh and inspiring environment. 

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