Work to start on new Woodroffe School block in New Year

The new school block will be built on the bank between the playing courts and sports hall

AWARD-WINNING construction partner Stepnell has made significant progress with three of its education projects in the southern region, including The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis. 

The projects, which all include the development of brand-new facilities for students and staff, have recently reached substantial construction milestones and contribute to Stepnell’s ever-growing portfolio of education clients.

A new sports facility at Gordon’s School in Working, Surrey, was recently completed, and work continues on a 56-bed boarding house at Canford School in Wimborne, Dorset, despite the project starting on the first day of the first national lockdown back in March.

Stepnell has also demonstrated its success in the educational sector with its latest project at The Woodroffe School, won through Dorset Council’s Smaller Capital Works Framework, that is due to start on site in January 2021.

The £2million development will include a new, two-storey teaching block with classrooms and a group learning space, library resource centre and additional office space to help improve the school’s academic offering.  

Landscape work will also be undertaken to include the creation of new footpaths in the surrounding areas, providing full accessible circulation to the ground floor and accompanying lifts for disabled users.

The design, with a traditional form and repetitive glazing, will reflect the original Gothic Revival buildings on campus, whilst taking cues from materials found elsewhere on site and contemporary minimal detailing to create a new, modern building.

The new development will not result in additional pupil or staff numbers, but will instead replace outdated teaching space elsewhere in the school.

The year-long scheme will pose a number of challenges, including the navigation of a live site and logistical difficulties – with the stand-alone new-build cut into a hillside, between the school’s playing courts and sports hall, to accommodate for the elevated terrain.

Rob Speirs, regional director at Stepnell, said: “We’re excited that Stepnell is continuing to strengthen its position as a leading contractor in this sector and we are proud of our involvement in these projects that will help to facilitate learning for generations to come.”

Commenting on the Woodroffe project, Mr Speirs continued: “We will continue to remain on site throughout this next stage of the pandemic as long as it is safe to do so. We are committed to delivering our projects on-budget and on time, but the well-being of our employees is of paramount importance.

“We will carry on implementing these health and safety precautions with full vigour while monitoring any changes in the government guidelines to make sure we are adhering to the rules set in place.”

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