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The Sound of Music ÂŁ3.7m music school at Stowe School is complete

Home Grown New offices for Brethertons Solicitors nears completion

New care development in Worcester ÂŁ14.9m scheme for the Sanctuary Group

“We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with Oakham School through the creation of this new classroom block. We bring extensive experience of working in occupied settings and are committed to ensuring that the school’s day-to-day activities experience the minimum of disruption during construction.” Bill Haynes, Director. Stepnell

Work starts on Oakham School classroom block

Studies departments. Pupils should be able to enjoy lessons in the new facility by early 2015. Designed by GSS Architecture, the building will be integrated into the current Merton classroom block which will provide a central hub for all of the school’s languages and humanities subjects. The project is the first phase of the

Stepnell has been appointed to build a new classroom block at Oakham

redevelopment of the Merton building. The second stage will create a brand-

School, an independent boarding and day school in Oakham, Rutland.

new Business School for the Business Studies, Economics and Politics departments.

Early 2015 completion “It is an incredibly busy time for new developments at Oakham,” says Bursar, The school’s Trustees have selected Stepnell to work on the £2.9 million

Annika Hedrich-Wiggans, who is overseeing the construction. “This is just one

project to create a 2,000m2 three-storey facility which will be integrated into the

of our exciting major developments. As well as these new classrooms, we are

current Merton building.

also currently building a new sports pavilion and working on plans for our new Music School.”

Stepnell’s Grantham-based project team is now working on the new building in Station Road which will house the Geography, Philosophy and Religious

Stepnell was the company which built Oakham School’s new Mehra Faculty of Science building, completed in 2011.

The Sixth Form College £1.1m Solihull school refurbishment complete

The Sixth Form College, Solihull appointed Stepnell, to carry out a major £1.1 million internal and external façade refurbishment of the Hampton building, a three-storey teaching block within the college campus. The project, which was completed in March 2014, involved major internal refurbishment of the Hampton building’s firstand second-floor classrooms and replacement of an existing façade with colourful aluminium-panelled curtain walling. We also made alterations to the layout of the building, installed new mechanical and electrical services, redecorated and replaced ceiling and floor finishes. The College’s lecture theatre was also refurbished and the seating was replaced. The installation of curtain walling to the façade of the building and LED lighting systems will make the building warmer and more energy efficient.

Images: Above - The Hampton Building and lecture theatre prior the refurbishment work. Left - The Hampton Building and lecture theatre after project completion.

“It’s great to be able to improve our facilities on top of that great report so that we can really deliver the best possible service for our students. It’s good to be working with Stepnell to achieve that aim.” Paul Ashdown, Principal. The Sixth Form College

Home Grown New offices for Brethertons Solicitors nears completion

The new ÂŁ2.3 million town centre office development which will be home to Brethertons Solicitors LLP is nearly complete. Designed by Rugby-based HB Architects, Stepnell have developed this threestorey state-of-the-art, energy-efficient building incorporating architectural features which are sympathetic to the local Rugby School conservation area. It benefits from an open-plan, flexible design with break-out rooms and individual meeting rooms for clients. The energy efficiency of the building is achieved through thermal mass, choice of materials and state-of-the-art BMS (building management system). The BMS is a computer based system that provides optimum operation of plant and equipment to minimise energy consumption. Among other things, it will control motorised louvres that open automatically to control temperature and enable night cooling. Works still to complete mainly consist of decoration and fit out. The raised flooring has recently been finished and the suspended ceilings are going in. Work is due for completion at the end of June.

Images: Left - View of the new office from Clifton Road. Right - Brethertons Senior Management on a recent tour of the site.

“This is a major redevelopment which will create modern, energy-efficient educational facilities for pupils and teaching staff. Stepnell works extensively in this type of ‘live’ setting and our focus will be on enabling the school to continue to function as normal.” Tom Wakeford, Director. Stepnell

£5.2m primary school redevelopment in Oxford

Works are phased and school shutdown periods are being utilised for critical activities including demolition and asbestos removal to avoid disruption to the school. Summer 2015 Completion

Our Wantage team are currently working on a £5.2 million redevelopment

We were chosen to work on the Bayards Hill Primary School scheme through

project for Bayards Hill Primary School in Headington, Oxford.

our membership of Oxfordshire County Council’s Construction Partnership Framework.

The project involves significant remodelling of the current school buildings to create modern educational facilities offering an improved layout, increased accessibility and greater energy efficiency. Designed by Carillion Capita, the scheme includes new single-storey extensions to existing teaching blocks; construction of a new two-storey infill block linking the buildings used by Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils. A number of existing buildings will be refurbished including the two-storey Key Stage 2 block, the administration area and the accommodation used by the County Music Service. The team will also replace old boilers with an energy-efficient, modern gas system and install solar photovoltaic panels on the roof. The redevelopment is set to create a number of jobs for local people over the duration of the construction programme. All areas included in phase one of the scheme have been started and currently the roof coverings are going on to the new and extended areas.

£14.9m care development for the Sanctuary Group In partnership with Sanctuary Group, our West Midlands team are currently working on a £14.9 million care development in Worcester. The residential development is the largest commissioned by the Sanctuary 1

Group to date and covers a total site area of over seven acres, comprising two


blocks of 16 apartments and eight bungalows of close care, with a three storey 60 apartment extra care block connecting to a two storey 60 bed care home via a community hub facility complete with a basement plant room. There will also be associated landscaping and car parking for the development. The construction team are utilising 6ix Consulting to create matrix programmes


to deliver the complex project within the 68 week programme period. The Sanctuary Group and Stepnell have committed to achieving CITB CSR targets for the project; these include apprenticeship, graduate and supply chain training programmes along with community benefit projects. The first event held


during December. 5 Overall progress has been positive, given the exceptional rainfall encountered over the winter period; foundations have been completed and the ground floor installed, the steel frame has been erected and brick work is progressing well. Over the next few months, the brickwork element of the build will continue, floor planks will be installed and roof trusses will be fixed.

Images 1. Construction in progress 2. National Skills Academy work placement participants 3. Stepnell apprentices with Sanctuary’s Senior Development Manager Gareth Scanell and Stepnell’s Best practice Manager Karen Ryan 4. Children from a local Nursery visiting the site 5. View of the construction works from St Johns House Medical Centre 6. Community benefits evening in Worcester


“We’ve encountered a few challenges along the way with this project. Excavation works were complicated by a number of tree preservation orders and the stone cladding has proved difficult at times. Also working within a live school environment always requires careful planning and close liaison with the Client” Dave Mawby, Area Manager. Wantage

The Sound of Music £3.7m Music School at Stowe School is complete

Back in August 2012 the Wantage team began work on a £3.7 million contract to build a state-of-the-art new Music School at Stowe School, Buckingham. Designed by Nick Cox Architects working in association with Nicholls Brown Webber, the two-storey Music School building is finished in combination of Bath stone and render and situated within within Grade I* listed landscape gardens. Contained within a two-storey concrete frame, the building features extensive curtain walling giving panoramic views of school grounds. The facility houses a 250-seater recital hall providing a venue for symphonic concerts, chamber music, jazz and pop; a Sony recording studio, a library, a fully equipped rock band room, 24 practice rooms each with a piano and recording facilities, two classrooms, a piano room and a soundproofed percussion room.

New Dental and Day services facilities for Blandford Community Hospital

Our Poole team nearing completion on a £785k refurbishment and remodelling contract at the Blandford Community Hospital in Blandford Forum. Working with Architects the Relph Ross Partnership, Stepnell remodelled existing wards

“This programme of work will allow the hospital to provide

News in brief

Blandford Community Hospital

Magdalen College

youth centre into the new funeral ‘hub’ with Architects, Alan C Riley

Work has recently begun on a £5.9m


refurbishment and extension scheme of a Grade II* listed building or Magdalen

Stamford Endowed School

College. Working with Wright & Wright Architects, we were awarded

In January 2014, working with GSS

the contract following the successful

Architecture,we began work on a new

completion of the enabling works in

£1.4m Performing Arts Centre which is

February 2014.

due for completion in September 2014.

Mansfield College

Design and build scheme for Abingdon extra care development

Working with Rick Mather Architects, the £2.7m, two-storey kitchen block,

Work has begun on a £4.9 million

refurbishment of listed building, new

contract for the design, development

workshop building and associated

and construction of a high-quality

external works at Mansfield College is

extra care housing scheme for older

nearing completion.

residents in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

for staff and patients”

Oriel College

Working with Bedfordshire Pilgrims

Derek Middleton, Director. Stepnell

Also nearing completion is the £3.8m

Design Partnership, completion is due

construction of new walls and partitions along

alterations, demolition & refurbishment

in March 2015.

with new floor and ceiling finishes and decoration.

scheme of the Grade II* Listed Rhodes

Harvey and Snowdon structural engineers designed

building. Working with Marcus Beale

supporting steelwork for the waiting room where a

Architects, works include removal of

chimney breast was removed.

the existing roof and formation a 3rd

Recently completed is a single-storey

floor with roof over and lift installation.

reception building for Marlborough

to provide new dental and day services at the hospital with facilities including treatment rooms, occupational therapy rooms and offices while remaining wards were refurbished. Outside, a glazed timber walkway now spans the courtyard linking the two sides of the building. The main works comprised demolition and

much needed services for the community and provide a high-quality healthcare environment

Housing Association Ltd and The

£250k Marlborough House reception

House in Milton Keynes with GBS Nuneaton funeral home for the Heart

Architects. The facility provides

of England Co-operative Society

services to patients with mental health issues who require assessment and /

Due for completion in August 2014 is a £448,500 contract to convert a former

or treatment in secure conditions.

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