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Oxford school expands facilities using offsite construction

16th May 2017

Actavo | Building Solutions, the UK’s fastest-growing modular building company for the past three years running*, has provided Bartholomew School with a new exam and sixth form centre.  


Based in Eynsham, Oxfordshire, Bartholomew School had been looking to reduce the pressure caused by growing pupil numbers, year-on-year. 


Working with Ridge and Partners LLP, Actavo | Building Solutions, has delivered the school’s new sixth form centre to provide its students with additional, modern learning space. The new, single-storey, 352m2 extension includes a multi-purpose hall for study and, during the exam season, the space for 130 exam desks. The area contains a folding, acoustic partition, foldaway tables and trunking with power points to allow pupils plug-in access for laptops and portable devices. The new facility also comprises cloakroom, a kitchen, plant room, cleaner’s cupboard two staff offices, furniture store and three unisex WCs. 


The new sixth form centre has been finished in mink render with a red brick plinth to match the school’s existing modular classroom complex and includes a hip-end, pitched roof. 


Matthew Goff, UK operations director at Actavo | Building Solutions, says: “The demand for cost-effective buildings – which can be completed quickly to high performance standards – has escalated dramatically and, increasingly, schools are turning to offsite construction for optimum solutions. For instance, schools like Bartholomew need extra facilities, delivered quickly on a tight budget. They’ve seen what we can achieve and we have looked forward to working with them again to add to a sparkling new sixth form facility to their campus.” 


Mark Harrison, Site Development Officer at Bartholomew School, says: “It’s not just about accommodating the ever-increasing number of pupils that Bartholomew School attracts. In particular, we needed a building which would add to the learning experience in the sixth form, as well as contributing to the ever-increasing pressure on exam space. The building is in keeping with our architectural heritage and sits well amongst the surrounding older buildings giving a much needed fresh aspect.”


All Bartholomew School’s modules have been pre-fitted with electrics, plumbing, heating and the initial internal finishes from the factory, before being delivered onsite, where they were craned and fixed into position onto prepared foundations.


Mark continues: “It is commonly known that school campuses need to adapt to many changes over the years. We are told that our new modular sixth form centre can be remodelled, extended and re-located to swiftly accommodate changing needs. This is vital for schools on tight budgets across the country.”


For more information, please visit: www.actavo.com/buildings/.