Darwin Group starts on-site to deliver a unique new build for Halliford School in Shepperton

10 Jun 2021

Darwin Group has started construction on a new Learning Resource Centre and set of classrooms for Halliford School in Shepperton.

The 805 sq. m build for the selective independent school is expected to be handed over in just 21 weeks to minimise disruption to the school and its local residents, using our unique turnkey service, which covers all stages of design, planning and construction from start to finish.

Our expert team is made up of highly skilled in-house designers, architects, town planners and construction professionals. This has enabled us to work closely with Halliford School and their architect to design a modern and unique three-storey build for the students to occupy.

The eye-catching exterior of the brand-new build has been designed with numerous windows on each storey, creating a well-lit and spacious learning environment for the students and staff.

Our team will use modern methods of construction for the build utilising the highly controlled environment at our Shrewsbury-based factory. This will allow for quality control checks of the modules and means that, now works have started on-site, waste will be minimised during installation.

Quality control will be continued on-site by our site managers, who will ensure that the delivery and installation of each module is completed seamlessly with minimal disruption to the students, staff and the surrounding local community.

Jim Pierce, Group Director of Darwin Group, said: “Our team strives to deliver best-in-class educational buildings. Halliford School’s new build has a striking design and evidences the high-quality and cost-effective construction that can be achieved using off-site techniques.

“Our team are working incredibly hard to allow this project to be delivered smoothly within the tight timescale of just 21 weeks.”

James Davies, Headmaster at Halliford School, said: “As we look to celebrate our Centenary year this September, we wanted to take the opportunity to further develop our site to offer our students the very best possible facilities in which to learn. We wanted a building that would offer us a new Learning Resource Centre at the heart of the school site along with some new light and airy classrooms to inspire our students. Having looked at many building possibilities, there was no doubt that the solution offered by the Darwin Group was ideal. Working with the team at Darwin Group has been a real pleasure and their approach is refreshing and highly client focused. The level of detail and planning that they engage with is first class and I can heartily recommend their approach to other schools looking for similar projects. The design that we have come up with is very exciting and we are looking forward to being able to move in to our new Woodward Building at the October Half-Term just 21 weeks from when we started work on site, which is quite remarkable!”