The pupils of inner-city London school Bousfield Primary will return after the mid-October break to a brand new, 3-bay modular classroom. The latest education facility to be built and installed by AVDanzer, this state-of-the-art modern facility will enhance a school rich in history.
The school has been an integral part of the Kensington and Chelsea Borough since it was built in the 1950’s and it holds an immense amount of heritage within its walls.
Legendary children’s author, Beatrix Potter was born and brought up in a house which stood on the very site of the school. Many even claim that Mrs Tiggy-Winkle herself is buried under a mulberry tree within the school’s garden !
And it’s not the only claim to fame for Bousefield School. The original school building is one of the first examples of post-war architecture and is soon to be recognised as a listed building by English Heritage.
As is often the case with heritage sites, especially those in the inner city, Bousfield Primary has a restricted footprint, so adding enough space to accommodate growing pupil numbers is tricky.
A modular solution was sought and AVDanzer was commissioned to build a new 12 x 8.75m, 3 bay, modular classroom that could sit on the site of an old brickhouse which was previously used by the caretaker.
The £220,000 project was funded predominantly by the school, with some additional financial support from The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council. The new building has provided an extra 105 sqm of classroom space for the children and staff.
AVDanzer’s modular building has delivered a superb new classroom area, an internal caretaker’s store, toilet facilities including disabled access, as well as a small wet area and external bin store.
Additionally, the design includes features such as, multiple rooflights which allow natural lighting through into the classroom area and the outer walls are finished in with a modern timber cladding which compliments the more traditional buildings on site.
Bousfield had been working with Carré Consultancy to ensure the new building would meet their specification and budget. Carré then appointed AVDanzer to build and install the new building and ensure it complied with the specific planning guidelines which had been previously stipulated.
Richard Carré, Director of Carré Consultancy stated that, “It was a pleasure working with AVDanzer. The new classroom has provided the school with a functional, multi-purpose classroom in place of what was an unusable storage building. The school is delighted with its new classroom and has received much positive feedback from staff, pupils and parents.”
Initially the building was to be delivered during the half term holidays, but AVDanzer completed the project ahead of time and also came in under budget which enabled it to be delivered the weekend before the children finished, leaving the school plenty of time to prepare the new classroom over the break.
The children will get their first opportunity to use the new classroom this week as they return from half-term break. Delighted by the additional classroom space, Bousfield Primary School now has the extra facilities it needs to expand its thriving education centre and provide each child with the space and facilities they need to learn and grow.