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Lytchett Minster School

The rebuild of Lytchett Minster School's Creative Arts Block which was destroyed by fire.

The project

Lytchett Minster School serves pupils aged 11 to 18 from Lytchett Matravers, Upton, Sandford, Bere Regis and the wider area. The school attained arts college status in 2001. To support this, a Creative Arts Block was completed in 2003 enabling the school to deliver a full range of creative courses along with vocational courses in music and performance technologies.

The Creative Arts Block was destroyed by fire after a lightning strike in December 2012. The intensity and extent of the fire devastated the building putting it completely out of use.  Temporary accommodation was provided as an interim solution.  The remaining structure was dismantled to a position where reconstruction work could commence.

The Creative Arts Block was rebuilt on a like for like basis on the retained footprint of the original building, taking into account compliance with current building regulations. The building floor area is identical to the original, providing accommodation over two floors. The Creative Arts Block includes art rooms, music rooms, drama spaces, hall/theatre, dance studio and office space.

Completed in its original form, the Creative Arts Block will integrate fully into the site and surrounding landscape without any adverse impact.  The project was completed in May of 2015.

The design team and main constructor

The project to rebuild the Creative Arts Block at Lytchett Minster School was procured by Dorset Property.  The design team and main constructor were as follows:

  • Client: Lytchett Minster School
  • Project manager: WYG Management Services
  • Architect and lead designer: Dorset Property
  • Cost consultant: BAQUS Construction
  • Mechanical engineer: ION Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical engineer: ION Consulting Engineers
  • Structural engineer: Miller Rogers
  • CDM co-ordinator: Sweet (UK) Ltd
  • Main constructor: Midas Construction Ltd




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