Extensions: integrating new and old
Extending older buildings is a cost-effective way to gain gross internal area and can transform the way the building works, but can also present challenges in design, structural and services integration.
Whitescape added a new build extension to the Victorian Thameside Primary School in Reading, creating a new staff room with kitchen, Deputy Head’s office, two classrooms, breakout space and a disabled toilet. The building, although a steel structure on piled foundations with a steel meshed concrete base, had to match the original in appearance, requiring us to source special bricks, roof tiles, copingstones and sills. We also refurbished classrooms adjoining the new build, reconfigured a structural stairway and undertook complex services integration. The £1.1m, 39-week programme, all done in a live environment, has transformed the school.