Uffculme Academy Art Block
Uffculme Academy, a secondary school based in Devon, was seeking a new Art building to provide their pupils with a dedicated area for creative work.
To facilitate this, SWH Build undertook comprehensive alteration and refurbishment works on the school’s former Science block. The works included the demolition of existing walls and doors, the controlled removal of known asbestos and the construction of new rooms, including:
- Three spacious classrooms
- A kiln room for firing pottery
- A toilet block including disabled facilities
- Office space
- A café with a serving area
- Internet café space
The building was designed with an ‘industrial style’, helping to stimulate pupils’ imaginations. This included using a variety of colours for internal fire walls, re-cladding part of the building with cedar and constructing a new insulated roofing system on top of the existing roof, with hot water radiant panels placed on the ceiling and lighting. We also installed a new platform lift and refurbished the existing staircase with stainless steel balustrades and flooring to create a more contemporary feel.
The project also involved a number of external works, including alterations to drainage, surfacing and the creation of an outdoor seating area with a canopy.
The project was successfully completed ahead of schedule, to coincide with the beginning of the new school year.
Since completing the Art Block, SWH Build have also undertaken two further projects for the Academy – landscaping enhancements in outdoor areas (contract value £61,000) and the new build of a single storey three classroom Maths Block with pitched roofs (contract value £310,000).
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to you and your team for the massive amount of work that you have put in to delivering the Art Building to us for the start of term. I appreciate how much we have asked you to condense the programme by and how tough it was for you to achieve that date – particularly when you are not in control of all elements of the build.”
Tony Aspden, Academy Business Manager