Providing efficient and well engineered design solutions

New Classroom Block, St John Rigby School, Bedford

The project involved the provision of a new teaching block,  comprising 6 classrooms, a flexible hall space and ancillary accommodation.

The building was sited at the rear of the existing school building, and was designed to replace an existing small classroom building, therefore providing additional classrooms.

This project required the delivery of additional classrooms to  accommodate the change from a three-tier to a two-tier educational system, that the Diocese of Northampton was implementing in the Borough of Bedford. 

As a result of this change, additional children would be attending the school from September 2012. The design team were briefed in October 2011 on the school’s accommodation requirements,  and had to obtain planning  consent for the building in time for the new admissions in September 2012. 

It was apparent that the only likely method of achieving the programme was to adopt a  modular form of construction.  In conjunction with the other design team members, we developed the employer’s brief to enable a full specification for the modules to be developed, and procured via competitive tender.  As civil and structural engineers, we also undertook the substructure and drainage design, having been novated post-tender to the contractor. 

We believe that this project demonstrates our ability to provide design solutions that enable  projects to be delivered within a tight timescale and on budget.

Client : Diocese of Northampton

Structural Engineer : BCAL Consulting

Civil Engineer : BCAL Consulting