Modular build for specialist independent school in Cambridge

23 Jul 2020

Modular construction specialists, Darwin Group has delivered a new multi-use block for Gretton School in Cambridge scaling 234 sq m.

The brand-new STEAM block will provide the school with two science labs, a design and technology workshop, art studio and associated services. Part of the Cavendish Education Group, Gretton is an independent specialist school in Girton for students aged 5 to 19 years old – offering a safe and secure learning environment for all.

By utilising Darwin’s modern approach to design and turnkey solutions, the block was completed in three and a half months and arrived on site with fully fitted science labs, gas facilities, prep-room and desk space providing a functional space for experiential and theory lessons.

After receiving expensive designs from other companies, the school began to consider that it’s grand vision may have to be compromised. Darwin Group, in conjunction with LXA Projects Ltd, were able to streamline the process and provide a more cost-effective solution for the school thanks to its skilled in-house team of education construction experts.

Specially designed using modular methods, the block has been built with the future in mind with high-quality materials. As it was constructed off-site at Darwin Groups Shrewsbury-based facility, disturbance to the rest of the school was kept to a minimum.

Charles Pierce, Managing Director at Darwin Group, said: “As a proud British company we are thrilled to be able to offer an innovative solution that has bought this project to fruition.

“Our modern techniques and unique turnkey service allows us to redefine what is realistically achievable within tight timescales and limited budgets making us the perfect fit for projects of this nature.”

Ian Thorsteinsson, Principle at Gretton School, added: “Our smart new block is a fantastic addition to our school. Darwin Group were true professionals and considered the needs of our staff and students at every stage of the project, from start to finish. It was a great relief that the majority of the construction work could be completed off-site without disturbing the school and we were amazed at how fast it was assembled.

“Many of our students get lots of enjoyment from the creativity that science, technology and art provide so I think this space is going to become their favourite place to work. We aim to make our students school life structured, fun and enjoyable and the new teaching environment will allow us to enhance their learning whilst providing the secure space that they need to grow. We can’t wait to show our students when we welcome them back in September.”

Richard Parton, Director of LXA Projects Ltd (Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Interior Designers), said “It was a pleasure to deliver this new academic facility in conjunction with Darwin Group. The team were flexible and responsive throughout the project and the end product is a fantastic new addition to Gretton School.’’

Darwin Group offers financial payment plans and assist with funding applications to ensure client aspirations and budget constraints align.