New Year Seven Building
Here at Heathcote we are in the process of constructing a new building to house our Year Seven students. The opportunity for this exciting project came about due to a need identified by the Local Authority to assist in providing an extra thirty-two forms of entry across the borough, for the expected growth in demand for school places in years to come. We felt that rather than simply extend the existing school building, this represented an excellent opportunity to provide our Year Sevens with a brand-new and purpose-built base to meet their needs in the best possible way, and allow them to thrive during their transition to secondary-school education.
The building will house a total of 240 students and has been designed along similar lines to our well-regarded Sixth Form building constructed in 2011 by Wilmott Dixon. Positioned in a quiet spot towards the rear of the school campus, we expect the building to provide excellent facilities and easy access for all of our Year Seven pupils and staff. Funding has been provided by the Local Authority, who have once again appointed Willmott Dixon to construct, and work officially began on Wednesday 19th October 2016 with the ceremonial demolition of a concrete fence! Ground works should be completed towards the end of December with the actual construction beginning in the New Year. We expect the building to be complete and ready to receive the new intake of Year Seven pupils in September 2017.
Whilst construction work continues, in the meantime the site is kept safe and secure for our current students and staff and our main aim is to ensure that learning continues uninterrupted and there is minimal inconvenience for visitors and local residents.
The new Year Seven building will be a two-storey design with a façade to mirror the Sixth Form building positioned across the meadow. Provided within will be eleven classrooms, two science labs, a food tech room and a small assembly hall/multi-purpose room which will also serve as a cafeteria. Full access will be provided for students with disabilities, including a lift. Access to the building itself will be securely controlled and students will also be able to enjoy a covered outdoor area.
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Mid July 2017
Exciting times as the building nears completion! With the curtain wall almost finished and the interior really taking shape, the final appearance of the building is really starting to shine through. The scaffolding is being cleared and the vast majority of windows have now been installed. Outside, the playground and connecting paths to the rest of the school are being laid, whilst Heathcote's Senior Leadership team were delighted to take the opportunity to pay a visit to the site.
Mid June 2017
The building's internal walls are progressing well, and many are now starting to be plastered. A number of the windows have been delivered and are starting to go in, whilst on the services front the building's boilers have been installed and the electrical supply is now connected and live. Outside, a good deal of earth is being removed to accommodate the playground and external areas, with the pathway to Whitehall Road now mostly complete.
Late May 2017
The ground floor has now been fully screeded, and the classroom internal walls are under construction. Most of the external brickwork to the ground floor has been completed and the underfloor heating is in the process of being installed. Up on the roof the photovoltaic (solar) panels have been fitted, along with a number of "sunpipes" which will provide natural light right into the core of the building.
Late April 2017
The long spell of dry weather has been a great advantage, with the first floor slab completed and courses of brickwork starting to be laid. An exciting landmark has been reached with some of the metal stud partitions being installed, allowing us to see the positions of windows and doors for the first time. Services have been installed across the grounds and the main drains dug to connect with those in Whitehall Road.
Late March 2017
The metal decking of the roof has now been installed and waterproofing continued around the base of the ground floor slab. As part of this work, the base of the frame columns have also been concreted, giving the building a clear perimeter for the first time. More concrete is being poured into place to complete the first floor slab.
Late February 2017
The building is very much starting to take shape. The steel frame has been completed and a good impression of the building's size can now be seen. Concrete staircases were constructed offsite and have now been installed, along with safety netting and decking ready for the next phase.
Early February 2017
The steel frame has been delivered and is starting to be constructed. A large crane is being used to manoeuver the steelwork into position before being assembled.
Late January 2017
The ground floor concrete slab has now been poured and set. A concrete retaining wall along the south side of the site has been constructed to support the playground behind.
Early January 2017
Concrete has been poured and the foundations of the building are well on the way to completion. The base of the lift shaft has been constructed and much of the rebar mesh for the concrete floor has been laid.
Despite the poor weather, groundwork continues apace. Gabeon caging has been installed into the site banking, and the surface has been levelled. Concrete pouring has also commenced.
Earthworks continue, with the banking around the east and south sides of the site prepared for strengthening with gabeon caging and a concrete retaining wall. A small access road has been built for vehicles to reach the building site.
Work begins on Heathcote's new Year Seven Building. The site chosen is a flat section of land towards the rear of the school campus on which a previous building had stood until 2006. Access for construction machinery is made through the old concrete fence and the site starts to be levelled.