Kier begins refurbishment at St Joan of Arc Catholic School in UK

WCN Editorial Team 13 Sep 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK construction services provider Kier has started work on the refurbishment of the science facilities at St Joan of Arc Catholic School in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

The refurbished science teaching block is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2020 school year. It will include 10 new teaching labs and two preparation rooms, along with a mini goods in lift, used for the safe transportation of chemicals.

Besides improving the teaching areas, the building will also include a new external cladding, roof, roofing windows and doors.

Students will be taught in specially constructed temporary three-storey science block while work on the existing facilities is carried out. The temporary science block will be transported in sections and assembled on-site.

Classes in the temporary labs are expected to begin in November.

Kier Regional Building Thames Valley managing director Jonathan Payne said: “We are proud to work with the team at St Joan of Arc Catholic School to carry out the improvements to their science facilities. We hope that the new and improved teaching labs help the school mould the next generation of scientists.

“Kier work extensively to support STEM projects across the country and to help deliver new cutting-edge facilities that can help young people enjoy and consider a career in science and engineering is a key driver for us.”

St Joan of Arc Catholic School Headteacher Peter Sweeney said: “St Joan of Arc Catholic School is delighted to be working in partnership with Kier to deliver the refurbishment of our existing science facilities.

“The project will provide 10 new teaching labs that will enhance the facilities available for students and increase access to STEM subjects and related careers. Our students are already excited and we hope they will be inspired by the new teaching facilities when they open in 2020.”

The temporary facilities will be dismantled and the car park and playing fields reinstated in 2020 after completion of the main work.

A few days ago, the Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met) appointed Kier to deliver its new £35m School of Digital Arts (SODA).

The project is being funded by the Manchester Metropolitan University and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

The 5,200m² school is expected to include modern teaching facilities on five floors. The building is claimed to bring creative, digital, technology and business assets together.

The interdisciplinary school will house subjects that include film, animation, user experience design, photography, games, and AI.

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Image: Rendering of the refurbishment at St Joan of Arc Catholic School. Photo: Courtesy of Kier Group plc.

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