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Petersgate Infants’ School New classroom block

Petersgate Infants’ School

Client: Hampshire County Council
Contract Value: £1.4m
Duration: 43 weeks
Sector: Education
Procurement: Two-stage framework
Completion: August 2019
Contract: JCT 2011 Without Quantities

Refurbishment works and new construction at Petersgate School in Clanfield, near Portsmouth. This included the construction of a new single-storey block containing three classrooms, pupil WCs, and storage areas, refurbishment and alterations to enlarge the current main hall and kitchen areas, reconfiguration of administrative areas and external hard and soft landscaping works.

The school had outgrown various extensions and had been relying on temporary classrooms to provide space for the increased pupil numbers. This permanent extension provides three new classrooms with further space being generated by reconfiguring and enlarging existing classrooms. The school’s capacity has now risen from 180 pupils (2FE) to 240 pupils (3FE).

The new block is encased in a buff brick envelope with grey polyester powder-coated framed glazing and doors. Sustainability has been addressed from the design stage to minimise the building’s energy demand, in line with Building Regulations Approved Document Part L. High levels of insulation and airtightness address heat loss through the building and NVHR (natural ventilation heat recycling) units improve internal air quality whilst reducing space-heating requirements. Openable windows also allow for traditional natural ventilation when required with large areas of glazing maximizing daylight and reducing the need for artificial lighting.

Project Team:

Architect: Hampshire County Council
Engineer: Hampshire County Council