Moving into Higher Education can be daunting for any child and good design is crucial for inspiring, not intimidating, the great minds of tomorrow’s society.  Facilities that can keep pace with these minds, and can offer the chance to fully explore this new found inspiration can make a huge difference in development.  As they become more confident in their surroundings, an environment capable of standing up to adolescent exuberance becomes just as important.  We know that outstanding secondary school design is about providing buildings and spaces that:

  • Inspire confidence, creativity and security
  • Provide first class facilities for all subjects
  • Represent a fully “fit for purpose” solution
  • Incorporate robust details to withstand the demands of secondary school use over time
  • Can be used as community hubs
  • Offer industry lowest through life running and maintenance costs
  • Achieve highest levels of sustainability, e.g. BREEAM “Excellent” or “Outstanding”

We believe that cost effective buildings do not need to come at the compromise of quality, durability or longevity.  Our innovative method of construction also means that maximum design flexibility and future-proofing is present within the building structure.

Secondary Schools

Darwin Group provide a wide range of construction services to higher education schools, including the following as stand-alone projects or one fully integrated buildings:

  • Designing and building entire new higher education schools including all hard and soft landscaping, MUGA’s etc.
  • Permanent expansions to existing higher education schools, e.g. converting a 5FE (form of entry) into a 6FE secondary school
  • Science blocks including gas, prep room and full laboratory fit-out
  • Faculty blocks for mathematics, English, languages and humanities
  • Drama and dance studios with sprung floors, mirrored walls and integrated sound and lighting systems
  • Soundproofed recording studios and music rooms
  • Multi court sports halls to accommodate any sport (fully Sport England compliant for heights and spans)
  • Kitchen and dining/assembly halls
  • Infill expansions and extensions at multi levels
  • Internal re-modelling and upgrading works as part of expansion project
  • Sixth form centres and common rooms

We have an extensive team of experts including architects, designers, town and country planners, structural engineers, surveyors and specialist construction staff which enable Darwin Group to deliver your new building as a truly turn-key solution. From start to finish this can include as much of the following as you require:

  • All building and landscape designs, feasibility studies, 3D visualisations, virtual walkthroughs and presentations
  • Planning applications including discharge of planning conditions, building control submission and BREEAM certification if required
  • All groundwork including excavation, ground remediation, foundations, drainage, incoming services and car parking/hard surfacing works
  • Completion construction of your building, to the signed off plans and project programme, with regular updates on progress and full, rigorous site management
  • External hard & soft landscaping including MUGA’s, sports pitches, environmental learning spaces, bike racks and external storage facilities
  • Final commissioning of all building systems, including training and building operation manuals in hard and electronic format

As the specialist in education construction, you can be confident that you have made the right choice when choosing Darwin Group as your design and build partner.