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Sturminster Newton High School - Design and Technology Block

Extending, refurbishing and remodelling the resistant materials and design technology rooms.

The project and background

Sturminster Newton High School - Design and Technology Block - Construction photograph - August 2013

Sturminster Newton High School (opens in a new window) is an 11-18 upper school with 4 forms of entry. There are currently 650 students on roll, of which 71 since January 2012 are part of a shared sixth form with Shaftesbury School & Sports College.

The school had one design technology (DT) area and the brief aimed to increase the space available to improve both access to technology and its effectiveness. The changes created stronger relationships between design technology and IT by allowing the school to further embed IT facilities. This in turn enabled an enhanced graphics curriculum to be delivered.

The work involved enhancing the DT environment through complete refurbishment and the provision of new equipment, partial glazing between the rooms, as well as modernising the existing electrical and mechanical services. A new entrance together with entrance canopy was also created.  The works were carried out during the holiday period to minimise disruption to the school.

This project, though standing alone in terms of its delivery, is linked to the project to create a new a new 14 -19 base for Yewstock School, located nearby.  The project started on site in the summer of 2013 and was completed in September 2013.

The design team and main constructor

Sturminster Newton High School - Design and Technology Block - construction photograph August 2013

The project at Sturminster Newton High School was procured and project managed by Dorset County Council's Dorset Property. The design team and main constructor were as follows: -

Client: The Asset Management Group for Cabinet, represented by the Director of Children's Services.

Project manager: Dorset County Council's Dorset Property

Architect: Dorset County Council's Dorset Property

Cost consultant: Dorset County Council's Dorset Property

Mechanical engineer: Dorset County Council's Dorset Property

Electrical engineer: Dorset County Council's Dorset Property

Landscape architect: Dorset County Council's Dorset Property

Structural engineer: Dorset County Council's Dorset Property

CDM co-ordinator: Jenkins and Potter

Clerk of works: Dorset County Council's Dorset Property

Main constructor: Mansell

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