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Yorkon awarded £1.3m building contract for one of Britain’s oldest schools

Designed by P+HS Architects, the scheme now has planning approval and is scheduled for completion this autumn. 16 steel-framed modules will be manufactured off site in York and will arrive at the school in the spring, ready for the completion of fitting out.

Christ College is a co-educational independent boarding and day school, which was founded by Royal Charter in 1541 by King Henry VIII. Some of its buildings, including the chapel and dining hall, date back to the 13th Century.

The new two-storey building will expand science facilities at Christ College and will bring all the laboratories together under one roof, replacing an outdated 1950s block, which is currently used for physics.

The use of off-site construction will reduce disruption to teaching, is a more sustainable method of building and will guarantee completion on time and on budget.

The design of the new building responds to its sensitive location in the National Park, using local materials such as Welsh stone and timber cladding. It will provide two physics labs, two biology labs, a sixth form project room, laboratory technician’s rooms, and a double height central atrium space that will function as a teaching area and exhibition space.

Commenting on the project, Kieran Dempsey, Bursar at Christ College, said, “We chose the off-site building method for ease of construction and to reduce the uncertainty about completion on time. A sustainable design and approach was also important, particularly as the end use of the building is science.”

He added, “Yorkon’s solution best met our requirements for the project and will help us deliver some superb new facilities for the school.”

Phil Bentley, Project Architect at P+HS Architects, said, “We were delighted to secure planning permission for the new science building at Christ College. The project is particularly challenging due to its location in a National Park. The team worked closely to develop an off-site solution, and with guidance from the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, we have designed a building that will provide an excellent teaching facility for the school.”

The scheme features a number of sustainable measures, including solar water heating to reduce energy consumption, and is designed to be flexible and adaptable to change. The modular building system will also reduce vehicle movements to site, and will reduce material waste and carbon emissions.

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