Denstone College appoints Stepnell for new teaching block

Denstone College in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, has appointed Stepnell to build their new £1.5 million classroom block.

The new two-storey 12-classroom Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages building will provide smart, modern learning and teaching facilities for students and staff at the coeducational boarding and day school.

Construction recently began on the 1,080 sq m building which will be connected to the school’s existing Tookey’s building by a glazed link.

The new teaching block has been designed by architects MEB Design in a style which is sympathetic to the Tookey’s building, incorporating matching windows, roof, louvres and building materials.

The new block also features an energy-efficient, natural ventilation system; low-emission boilers and intelligent technology-controlled lighting, blinds and zoned heating. Rooflights over central corridors maximise natural daylight coming into the building.

Denstone College Bursar David Martin says: “After a thorough tender process, we are delighted to have appointed Stepnell and we look forward to working with them on this exciting project.  This forms part of the latest phase of our development programme where we are looking to invest, with VAT, some £3.7 million in pupil facilities. Recent works have included a classroom block, music school and sports complex as the College continues to enhance its outstanding educational offering.”

The new teaching block is set for completion in March 2017. Stepnell operations and commercial manager Thomas Sewell says: “We are excited to have been chosen by Denstone College for the latest phase of the College’s development programme.  Our team brings a strong record in the delivery of energy-efficient, high-quality educational buildings and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Denstone College to create a first-class teaching and learning environment for students and staff.”

Images courtesy of MEB Design Ltd

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