Diamond Build PLC has completed the first phase of an £8m project, which will transform facilities at one of England’s oldest preparatory schools.

The successful handover provides Homefield Preparatory School with a new building comprising 14 classrooms. The completion was celebrated with the burial of a time capsule under a glass pane in the floor.

Staff and boys at Homefield Prep chose the items to include in the capsule, which range from photos and poems through to footage showing current classroom technology. The plan is for the boys to come back to the school in 50 years’ time to reveal the capsule to its future students.

The Diamond Build PLC team has now begun work on phase two, which will see an existing teaching block demolished and replaced with a two-storey performance hall and dining room. New music facilities, an ICT room and library will also be created. The final phase will include the construction of an all-weather sports pitch as well as extensive landscaping and access improvements.

Michael Celoro, project manager at Diamond Build PLC: “This project involves a significant amount of demolition work, so it has been very carefully phased to minimise any disruption. We are working to a programme that enables pupils and staff to safely relocate into new parts of the scheme, so that we can seamlessly deliver the other elements.

“The completed buildings and facilities will provide the highest standards of accommodation for the boys and transform the whole estate.”

Designed by architects Ingleton Wood, the redevelopment marks the school’s 150th anniversary and is scheduled to be complete by late summer 2021. To enhance the school’s environmental credentials there will be solar power, low energy underfloor heating and a green roof.

John Towers, Headmaster at Homefield Prep added: “The whole project was developed on the proviso that the school needed to remain a working entity throughout the build, with as little disruption to the daily school routine as possible. We are thrilled with how things have progressed so far.”

Based in Sutton, Surrey, Homefield Prep in an independent day school for boys aged 4 – 13 years.

This project was Diamond-Build’s first opportunity to work with the London Borough of Hounslow and comprised the creation of a complete new junior school, with the remodelling of the existing buildings, including three extended reception classrooms for nursery and infant use.

Further works included:

  • A free standing canopy outside the nursery
  • Enlarging the staff room, library, office and group room
  • The construction of a studio classroom and meeting room
  • The creation of further office space and toilet extensions

The works were phased, with some of the construction completed during the summer holidays, however the school remained fully occupied and functioning for the majority of the programme. Noisy works were controlled and kept to a minimum, but weekend working was undertaken during the school’s exam period.

Wellington School - Extension - External

Controlled and safe working zones were created, with acoustic walls installed within the classrooms. Access routes were therefore maintained throughout the duration of the build to effectively protect pupils and staff.

Diamond Build also delivered savings to the Client through an initiative to re-use materials from a recent new installation.

The contract has been well received, with high satisfaction expressed by both Headmistress Debbie Norton and senior staff, as well as Hounslow’s Schools Expansion Programme Team.

Diamond Build - Welbourne School - Design & Build

November 13th, 2013

Welbourne School

Following a series of successful school projects, the London Borough of Haringey awarded this complex design & build and alterations contract to Diamond Build.

Designed to BREEAM “very good” standards, architects Pick Everard integrated many sustainability and low energy features including sensory lighting, voltage optimisation, passive ventilation, and wind catchers and solar shading solutions, helping to maintain a consistent learning environment all year round.

Education - St Anns School - Diamond Build

October 24th, 2013

St Ann’s School

Diamond Build was appointed to build a new hydrotherapy pool and sensory theatre and refurbish the existing school building.  A challenging contract carefully delivered for young people with complex profound to severe learning difficulties, whilst the school was operational, working in occupation.

Diamond Build’s delivery team devised a carefully phased programme of alterations, liaising closely with the head teacher and the senior school team. Diamond Build accelerated key elements of the programme making best use of the school holidays to undertake the more structural and intrusive work. During term time weekly planning meetings were held, with daily progress reports that ensured the children’s learning environment was not compromised.

Diamond Build’s Project Manager regularly participated school assemblies, educating the children of the importance of health and safety while demonstrating the changes made to the school premises. He even appeared in the Christmas school’s production!

One of the most gratifying projects we’ve been involved with. The hydrotherapy pool and theatre were opened on time, to the obvious delight of the head teacher, which matched by that of the children,  and the remaining modifications were delivered to the complete satisfaction of the school and in good time to open for the new school year.

Education - Mulberry School - Diamond Build

October 9th, 2013

Mulberry Primary School

Diamond Build was awarded this complex multi phased refurbishment project. Works were carefully sequenced to minimise inconvenience whilst asbestos was removed under carefully controlled conditions and the remaining structural alterations were configured.

The project involved significant alterations to the roof, a two storey nursery extension and the refurbishment of a sports hall and external landscaping to create a new garden. The internal building fabric was repaired and re-decorated and the windows overhauled. New mechanical & electrical installations were installed throughout, including “intelligent” energy-saving motion-sensor lighting. A soft play Multi-Use Games Area (M.U.G.A.) was constructed and the project was completed within the allocated period of 48 weeks.

The project was certified BREEAM “Very Good” due to the low Co2 emissions, thermal performance, building services and the passive controlling of solar gains.