Working at the heart of an occupied school

When construction and engineering work has to continue during term time, we take immense care to protect staff and students from any impact. We plan the work to suit the school’s operations, develop detailed phasing programmes, exercise tight progress control, and maintain constant communication with all stakeholders. We are meticulous about health and safety, site management and security, noise and dust containment, and employee behaviour. Above all, we use all our own resource except for specialised tasks. Some examples of how we work in 'live' environments At Kempshott Junior School, Basingstoke, we built an extension to [...]

July 28th, 2016|Categories: Education, News|

New Eton rooms pay back in one year

Eton College is one of the UK’s leading independent schools, with around 1300 pupils, all full boarders. Westbury House is a home from home to around 50 boys, each having his own study-bedroom as a private space. Whitescape converted the loft of the Grade-II listed building to create five new rooms, and also built an extension. The additional fees generated by these rooms covered the project investment in just one year. Complete in 10 weeks The project had to be completed from start to finish in the ten-week summer holiday, while the building was unoccupied. There [...]

July 4th, 2016|Categories: Education, News|

Delivering projects in the summer break

Many of Whitescape’s school projects are timed so that work is started and completed within summer holiday periods. Some of these projects are relatively small-scale works to staff and student accommodation, but others involve extensive remodelling and reconstruction of core areas. Our success in delivering time-critical projects comes from Whitescape’s meticulous attention to strategic planning and to the vital preconstruction stage. This ensures that every project ‘hits the ground running’, the right resources are in place for every phase, and nothing is overlooked. Some examples of how we can do it in just six weeks At Thameside [...]

July 4th, 2016|Categories: Education, News|

Helping schools meet the growth challenge

In 2015, it was estimated that at least 350,000 new primary and 400,000 new secondary places would be needed by 2022. Local authorities face the twin challenges of creating additional physical space in new or existing buildings, and making that space work as hard as possible to deliver the government’s educational targets: all against a background of teacher shortages and financial constraint. Maximising the potential of buildings New schools are only part of the formula for extra classroom space. Within existing schools, creative and cost-effective construction approaches can bring much needed new capacity on stream fast. Extensions, refurbishment or reconfigured layouts can make space work harder, [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Education, News|

Top marks for nursery project

Cherrywood Nursery in Farnborough caters for children from birth to five years. Whitescape’s project to extend and refurbish the building earned us an ‘excellent’ score from Hampshire County Council on all six of our key service performance criteria. Our definition of ‘excellent’ is exceeding expectations. Meeting the demand for places The new extension was vital for Cherrywood to meet increased demand for nursery places in the local area. It was built to create more teaching space and also included repositioning and fully refurbishing an existing canopy with deck and external works. Whitescape deployed a full range [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Education, News|

Inspiring tomorrow’s technologists

University Technical Colleges are a key strategic element in ensuring that we will have enough qualified, highly employable young people for the high-technology workplace of the future. At the Sir Charles Kao UTC building in Harlow, Whitescape installed £1.1m of on-show engineering services to a remarkable design where the entire infrastructure is surface mounted, creating a benchmark and practical learning experience within the technical curriculum. Exposed ducts and cabling leave nowhere to hide, so our work had to be of the highest visual as well as technical quality. The project was completed to a tight [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Education, News|

Special attention for heritage buildings

Many schools have long histories and occupy historic buildings that require particular attention to detail and quality of finish. Whitescape has considerable experience of refurbishing buildings to conservation standards and sourcing sympathetic and appropriate materials. Importantly, we employ all our own operatives, so can ensure complete compliance with listed building or conservation requirements. Some examples of our work on historic buildings At Brighton & Hove High School for Girls, we undertook a £380K, sixth-month external refurbishment to a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1700s, including sash windows, roofing, leadwork and stonework. At Farleigh School, [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Education, News|