Stepnell team creates new-look science block for Wollaston School


Construction work has begun on a £1 million refurbishment project at Wollaston School, Wollaston, near Wellingborough.

Rugby-based construction company Stepnell is carrying out the work to modernise an existing 1950s science block at the secondary school through an extensive internal and external reconstruction programme.

September Completion

On the exterior of the building, existing timber cladding and brick infill is being replaced with a colourful Trespa rainscreen cladding system made up of turquoise and blue insulated and weather-resistant panels. The work also includes the replacement of windows and doors and the creation of an entrance.

The refurbished two-storey block – which houses laboratories, preparation rooms and teaching facilities – will be completed ready for the start of the new school year in September.

The project was awarded to Stepnell following a competitive tendering process.

New-look building

Paul Cartmell, Wollaston School’s business manager, explains: “The refurbishment project is greatly needed and students and teachers are delighted with the prospect of the new facility. Original designs were developed between the school and the architect - Michael Hyde and Associates of Sheffield - in early 2013. Governors are very pleased with progress so far and are looking forward to ‘cutting the ribbon’ in the first week of September.”

Stepnell construction director Bill Haynes says: “This major project will create a new-look building which is warm and weather-proof and meets the high standard of the School’s other facilities. We’re delighted to be working with Wollaston School on the scheme to create the very best learning environment for students and teaching staff.”

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