Project Summary

Ash Manor School in Surrey is a comprehensive secondary school catering for 1,100 pupils ranging from eleven to nineteen years.

Due to anticipation of a population surge following plans of a new housing development nearby, Surrey County Council had an urgent requirement for additional school places within the area.

FacilityArts & DT block

Building Size990m2

LocationAsh, Surrey

Time on Site24 weeks

McAvoy was appointed to the project due to their reputation for delivering high-quality modular solutions that exceed building regulations and can be built up to 50% faster than traditional construction.

Given the project’s existing site usage, there was a demand for the integration of environmentally friendly practices, leveraging their extensive expertise in executing similar projects, McAvoy naturally emerged as the preferred candidate for this project.

To provide additional school places, the decision was made to extend Ash Manor through the construction of a new single storey modular building which would house the school’s Arts and DT block. Scope of the works included grounds works, drainage, installation of a new M&E service and internal design and fit-out.

Interior requirements

The school building’s layout and design were carefully developed with the needs of its students at its core to ensure it was conducive to learning and would support the wellbeing of those attending. Externally, the design and build included landscaping and a permanent ramp for accessibility.

The new block features art and textile rooms, a photography room, an art store and studio, ICT room, a work room, and a departmental office.

As a turnkey project, interior design and finish were of paramount importance. In addition to the standard requirement for durable quality furnishings and décor to meet all relevant standards, each part of the school was designed with the needs of its students in mind.

Project challenges

The site was confined to a small area, which limited movement between compound areas. Construction also took place when the school was operational and so McAvoy had to consider the needs of the pupils and teachers.

To minimise disruption and ensure pupil and staff safety, McAvoy constructed a managed crossing which prioritised the movement of pupils.

The school building, was manufactured in a factory controlled environment at McAvoy’s state-of-the-art facilities. The adoption of an offsite solution provided a number of important benefits, not least of which was the ability to deliver a high-quality school building within a much shorter time frame than would have been the case if traditional construction had been chosen.

Furthermore, there was significantly less site traffic movements and disruption which was a significant advantage as the site was near a residential area and the school was fully operational during construction.


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