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Originally built in 1878, Bestwood Hawthorne Primary and Nursery had outgrown its current building and needed a new home so it could meet increasing demand for school places.

With a new 100-dwelling estate being built nearby, this demand was about to accelerate rapidly. The school wanted to be able to offer quality, modern facilities, where its team could nurture a new generation of local children.

Nottinghamshire County Council asked us to come on board to design and deliver a new school that could cope with both current and anticipated demand.

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Project data

September 2019
New school
Traditional Build

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About the project

This project has seen us work closely with construction partner Kier and housing developer Langridge Homes. We designed the new school building to make optimum use of available space on a tricky site – using 3D technology to map it out in an L shape over two storeys.

The main challenge was the sloping nature of the plot. In response, we’ve plateaued the site on two levels. The school itself sits on the lower level, leaving space for playing fields on the higher level that meet Sport England standards.

Another issue was the site’s land drainage, as a large amount of surface water was being held on the top level. Our engineers used their experience and expertise to direct surface water into the main drains, making sure flooding wouldn’t be a problem for the school in future.

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We have a strong track record of delivering successful projects with Kier, each completed on time and on budget. Bestwood Hawthorne is set to become the latest.

Once completed, the school will be able to offer more places to local children in a fantastic, modern building. It will be a high-quality, energy-efficient learning environment with all the up-to-date facilities they need.

Our practical design made the most of the sloping site by levelling it out and building across two storeys. It’s a solution we arrived at after working closely with the school on creative ways to bring their vision to life. They were part of the entire journey, right through to the details of its interior design.

Thanks to some of the methods we used on this project, and initiatives of its own, Kier has been awarded an excellent score from the Considerate Contractors Scheme.

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Key Outcomes

We’re nearing the end of our £5.8m project at Bestwood Hawthorne. The brand new school will open its doors in September 2019, offering high-quality facilities for existing pupils and space for up to 200 new children from the growing community.

In its first phase it will provide 315 primary and 39 nursery places, but it’s also been designed so it can easily expand, with plans to provide up to 420 school places in the future.

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