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    Head Office
    Thurston Group Limited
    Quarry Hill Industrial Estate
    Wakefield, West Yorkshire
    WF4 6AJ

    • Client


    • Time On Site

      13 weeks

    • Project Size

      1104 m2

    • Features

      7 Classrooms

    St Cecilia’s Church of England School

    On behalf of Kier Construction, and as part of the SCAPE Better building school Initiative.

    Thurston provided a new Two storey, Modular Classroom block that tied into the existing school buildings on the campus.

    As the major part of this campus upgrade project, Volumetric Modular was chosen to minimise on-site risks whilst achieving an advanced delivery programme.

    Our precision manufacturing method allowed the building to be manufacturing in a controlled setting off-site, greatly reducing dust or contamination levels on site.


    • Two-Storey
    • 3 ICT Suites
    • Fully Equipped Science Laboratory
    • 7 Classrooms
    • Rooftop PV Array
    • BREEAM “Excellent”

    Working with Principal Contractor Kier Construction, our works consisted of removing Two Temporary Classrooms from an open courtyard, then design and building of a Two storey, 24 bay Modular Classroom Block in the London brough of Wandsworth. Consisting internally of Three dedicated ICT suites, a fully fitted Science Laboratory along with Seven classrooms. The building has multiple separate entrances over various levels and fire exits, thus providing total flexibility when utilising the space for differing education functions.

    Externally the project included removing a temporary classroom facility, and previous sub-structure with all new foundations, utility services, footpaths and access road with external landscaping and drainage. Due to planning conditions and the rural setting, the exterior walls were finished in a brick slip and render finish, with Aluminium doors and windows to ensure we met with all Building Regulations.

    The new teaching block houses photovoltaic cells on its roof to generate electricity and each classroom includes a heat recovery ventilation unit to avoid wasting heat in winter.  The ventilation units extract hot air from the new classrooms and use it to preheat the fresh air as it is brought in to ensure an optimum classroom environment for learning. We also installed an air source heat pump (which extracts heat from the air and transfers it into our heating and hot water system to reduce gas bills); and also to upgrade corridor and classrooms lights to new energy efficient LED systems.

    Customer Testimonial:

    “The new build extension has been designed to complement St Cecilia’s Church of England School’s existing buildings, to maintain connectivity with the main school and ensure cohesion across the campus. It was important to encourage unity between both the buildings and students in each facility.”

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