Greendale Construction completes major works at Canford School, Dorset
Chartered Builders, Greendale Construction Limited has completed a phased 18-month project for Canford School, Dorset, which saw pupils return for the new school year this September to a stunning new-build library and refurbished assembly hall complex.
During the refurbishment of the assembly hall, Greendale uncovered the original roof features and installed acoustic plasterboard between the metal trusses and timber purlins. New seating was provided and balcony areas created, as well as an upgrade to the service installation. The new-build library was constructed in place of the old shooting range, with a single storey glass foyer linking to the redesigned assembly hall which has a seating capacity for over 750, allowing the entire school of pupils and staff to meet together, as well as offering a multifunctional space for events.
An extension to the rear of the assembly hall houses a plant room and storage room. The new library consists of a steel works frame with block and brickwork external walls. A large amount of curtain walling and glass was introduced to provide as much light as possible, together with external louvres that utilise natural air movement. Aluminium rain screen cladding systems, as well as brise soleil systems were installed. The building benefits from a traditional slate roof with leadwork, whilst internally, modern oak slatting, glass screens, exposed Douglas fir rafters, and industrial concrete floor planks complete the stylish look.
Chris Cave, Commercial Director, Greendale Construction, said: “This is a truly stunning project, with the new library offering pupils over 300 linear metres of open book shelving and a multimedia area giving access to multiple online resources. Breakout seminar spaces with video conferencing facilities will enable meetings both onsite and with schools and organisations across the globe.”
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