Bowmer and Kirkland complete £4.2m Richmond School transformation

Bowmer and Kirkland and Pick Everard have completed the £4.2 million transformation of the Queen’s Church of England Primary School in Richmond as part of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme.

The contractor and construction consultancy carried out design, structural and civil engineering works at the school after it was deemed to be in poor condition.

The new school has been designed with a central corridor at each floor level and the accommodation forms a two-storey block with a double height hall and single storey kitchen.

Classrooms are spread across both floors, with a large practical teaching area located on the first floor, while reception classrooms are located on the ground floor with direct free-flow access to outdoor play areas and learning zones designed specifically for respective key stages.

The completed building is designed to reduce heat loss with improved thermal properties throughout. Water efficient fittings have also been installed to reduce hot and cold water consumption, while daylight is maximised with the use of “daylight dimming” which reduces the need for artificial light.

Further environmentally friendly measures include utilising mixed mode ventilation with heat recovery to improve efficiency and eliminate the need to use excessive energy for cooling. The controls are designed on a room by room basis to minimise wasted energy within each space.

Paul Rothera, director at Pick Everard, said: “The previous building was no longer fit for purpose with poor lighting, insulation and the costs of ongoing maintenance and repair were significant. Therefore, demolition was required and a new state-of-art building was created which is more conducive to high quality learning.

“The new school provides a solution where not only do the children and staff benefit from a greatly improved teaching and learning environment, considerable savings have also been made to reduce the ongoing costs of running the school.”

Ed Sutton, Bowmer & Kirkland associate director, said: “The Queen’s Church of England Primary is one of many schools we have completed, or are currently constructing across the country, for the Education Funding Agency.

"It is really pleasing to think that Bowmer & Kirkland has been part of the team which has helped to improve the learning environment and future prospects of many young children in the borough of Richmond.”

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