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.

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