THE CANTERBURY ACADEMY, CANTERBURY
|Client:||The Canterbury Academy|
|Team||Jason Chandler, Tim Coombes, Bradley Hadaway|
The Canterbury Academy is a long-standing client of OSG Architecture and we were delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the school again. The Academy needed to expand to cope with an increase in pupil intake. We were asked to produce a feasibility study to identify development options that would allow for a long-term expansion of the school. The main development included the provision of 20 new classrooms, a drama suite and associated facilities. Other elements included new car parking and the refurbishment of the school’s existing science and food technology classrooms.
During the early feasibility work, we explored various options for the location of the new accommodation on what was already a very restricted school site. Due to the lack of suitable 'brownfield' space, the only suitable place for the new classroom block was adjacent to the main school, on sloping ground. The location was unsuitable for sport, so no activities would be affected by the development and it would enable the new building to be joined to the existing school via a glazed link. The challenges of building on a sloping site meant that the design team had to consider the external areas and landscaping around the perimeter of the building. The proposal included a series of retaining walls and external steps however, during a value engineering exercise we were able to adjust the building and design out the retaining structures.
OSG Architecture secured planning approval in May 2016 and was commissioned by the school as lead consultant to carry out the full working drawing and tender packages alongside Modus (QS), Considine Consulting Engineers (Structural Engineers), and Hamson Baron Smith (M&E). The project was procured traditionally and the successful tenderer was BEC Construction Ltd.