Stepnell completes structural 'bones' of Tring Park School's new Boarding House
The construction of Tring Park School’s new £5.9 million state-of-the-art boarding house reached an important milestone in Tring this week with the completion of its four-storey concrete frame – the ‘skeleton’ of the building. The scheme for one of the top performing arts schools in the UK is being built by Stepnell.
The smart new accommodation, due for completion in April next year, will provide 70 student bedrooms – in singles, doubles and quadruplets – with ensuite bathrooms and private study spaces. Five academic and vocational teaching spaces will also be built, as well as four new common room spaces, two staff apartments, communal kitchen facilities and a theatre workshop.
“We are delighted to be working with Tring Park School on this fantastic new building which is being built to a very high specification,” says Stepnell contracts manager, Jamie White. “As part of our commitment to providing hands-on training opportunities for students pursuing construction-related careers, we have employed a university graduate taking a year out from studies as a site engineer for this scheme. Providing opportunities like this give young people a chance to gain valuable employment experience in their chosen fields by seeing a building project through to completion. It’s a real achievement for them.”
Jamie adds: “As we’re carrying out construction while the school remains open, our team is drawing on its extensive experience of working in ‘live’ environments to ensure that any disruption to the school’s day-to-day activities is kept to a minimum.”
Designed by Burrell Foley Fischer architects, the new building will be built using modern and innovative construction techniques including the use of factory-built modular bathroom pods, reducing the time, cost and disruption of building on site.
Anselm Barker, deputy principal at Tring Park School, says: “We are all thrilled with the speed with which the main framework of the building has grown; the progress is visible on a daily basis. Everyone is very excited about the improvements this new facility will bring to the pastoral, vocational and academic sides of the school. It has been a pleasure working with Stepnell who are a very professional team and have been very sensitive to the needs of a functioning school during term time.”