Stepnell selected for £2.3m Stratford-upon-Avon FE college refurbishment


Stepnell has been chosen for a £2.3m programme of overcladding and internal refurbishment which will transform buildings at Stratford-upon-Avon College giving them a modern facelift and making them more energy-efficient.

The Nottingham team has been appointed and is carrying out the work which is now under way. The refurbishment includes the re-cladding of a two-storey classroom block and three-storey teaching block connected by a high-level link.

An insulated overcladding system will be installed over the buildings’ existing envelope, dramatically improving their appearance and thermal performance. They will also undergo internal refurbishment work including the installation of replacement lighting, suspended ceilings and redecoration. In addition, the Stepnell team will carry out roofing work to other buildings at the further education college at The Willows North, Stratford-upon-Avon.

The work being carried out will significantly improve the energy-efficiency performance of the buildings reducing the amount of heat lost. New solar glazing to the windows being installed as part of the refurbishment programme will also reduce solar gain to classrooms.

The programme of work is set to be completed in April 2015. The project was awarded to Stepnell – which has extensive experience in the education sector - following a two-stage tendering process where Stepnell worked collaboratively as part of the design team to ensure the project could be delivered within the client’s budget.

Nicola Mannock, the College’s Principal and Chief Executive, says: ““Stepnell are doing a fantastic job with the refurbishments of two classroom blocks and we are all waiting in anticipation for the opening of the new classrooms, in order to ensure that our students receive the best teaching and learning experience while studying with us.”

"“We’re delighted to be bringing our experience of working in ‘live’ education environments and of delivering complex re-cladding projects to this scheme,” comments Thomas Sewell, Stepnell operations and commercial manager. “We are liaising closely with the College and carefully scheduling the work to ensure that the College experiences the least possible disruption to its routine.”

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