New Transition Building
Heathcote School and Science College’s campus consists of three buildings. The main building opened in 2006, replacing the original school building dating from 1950. Our Sixth Form was opened in October 2011 in a brand-new dedicated building designed by the school to great acclaim. Now we have added a third building to our facilities, and one that we are very proud of. This new Transition Building was officially opened by Waltham Forest Council Leader Claire Coghill on 7th October 2017 and is already being enjoyed by our pupils.
The opportunity for us to construct this superb new addition to our facilities came about due to a need identified by the Local Authority for us to assist in providing an extra thirty-two forms of entry across the borough, in order to cope with the expected demand in school places for the future. Rather than simply extending the main school building, we felt that this would be a good opportunity to provide our pupils with a complete new facility intended to meet their needs in the best possible way. The building provides a perfect balance - enabling Year 7s to settle in, have a soft landing and make rapid progress whilst also ensuring they integrate with the rest of the school. Other Key Stage 3 pupils also benefit from the building’s stunning resources.
Willmott Dixon - constructors of the well-received Sixth Form Building - were again appointed to construct the new Transition Building in a peaceful location towards the rear of the school campus. Although laid to lawn and used by the P.E department for outdoor games, the site was brownfield as it was originally the location of the school gyms until 2006. The building has a capacity of 240 pupils spread across eleven classrooms, along with a pair of dedicated science laboratories and a fully-equipped Food Technology facility. In keeping with Heathcote’s tradition of nearly seventy years in providing cutting-edge technology for our buildings, pupils can take advantage of fully interactive electronic smartboards, natural lighting and ventilation systems and the latest in SoundField audio systems amongst others. In addition, photovoltaic cells have been fitted to the roof, capable of generating sufficient energy to power the building as well as returning excess energy to the National Grid. The building is a two-storey design constructed with a façade to mirror the Sixth Form building across the meadow, and benefits from step-free access with an internal lift. A small satellite cafeteria provides meals for the Year Seven pupils registered there. Outside can be found a dedicated covered eating area and playground also for the use of Year Seven pupils, along with hard play facilities.
Work on the new building officially began on Wednesday 19th October 2016 with the ceremonial demolition of a portion of the old school concrete fence. Despite the best efforts of the weather hampering groundworks through the exceedingly wet winter of 2016-17, the building opened on time to receive pupils at the beginning of the academic year in September 2017. We are sure it will provide a visible and meaningful difference to the quality of education for our pupils for many years to come.
Our fabulous new building is now complete and in use by our latest intake of Year 7 students! The standard of finish is superb, and we are extremely excited to be able to offer such an excellent range of facilities. The response from students and staff alike has been very positive indeed, and we look forward to settling in during the year ahead.
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.