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Shaftesbury School

 The provision of a new sixth form learning resource room.


Shaftesbury Upper School is a mixed 11-18 school. The existing sixth form space was deemed inadequate for the current number of students. A new single storey extension was created which provides a floor area of 230m2 in a single open plan hall. This can be used as a multifunctional space and will allow the building to adapt to meet future needs.

The extension has been designed with natural ventilation and high levels of daylight. The appointment of the main contractor using the repairs and maintenance framework has allowed early and constructive dialogue. The building has been created with a large window looking out of the school and across to the school sports field. The extension project also set out to address how best to achieve the following:

  • build cost effectively in the current economic climate
  • retain quality and design
  • collaborate successfully with both school and contractor
  • shorten the time from project instruction to a successful handover

The project was completed in March 2014.


The design team and main constructor

The project at Shaftesbury School was procured and project managed by Dorset Property.

The design team and main constructor were as follows:

  • Client: The Asset Management Group for Cabinet, represented by the Director of Children's Services
  • Project manager: Dorset Property
  • Architect: Dorset Property
  • Cost consultant: Dorset Property
  • Mechanical engineer: Dorset Property
  • Electrical engineer: Dorset Property
  • CDM co-ordinator: Dorset Property
  • Main constructor: HPC Ltd

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