Essex school expansion one of the first in East Anglia to be delivered under new framework

Deanes Academy was identified as needing significant modernisation. Due to the block not being watertight, energy efficient or up to current regulatory standards, the decision was made to demolish the building and construct a new, state-of-the-art block in its place. “The project proposes to construct a two-storey 1,478m2

new building

containing nine specialist classrooms, office and ancillary facilities with a maximum capacity of 344 students and teachers. The new building aspires to high standards of sustainable design and operation optimising passive daylight design, natural ventilation with a high efficiency thermal fabric. “In order to minimise disruption to the site, the construction team has

reconfigured car parking and vehicle access to suit the proposals. The project team is working closely with the school to develop a programme of complementary learning activities while the project is on site. “School engagement will enable students to understand the complexities


HE Deanes Academy in Benfleet, Essex, expansion will be one of the first projects in East Anglia to be delivered through the Department for

Education (DfE) Construction Framework. Pick Everard – the independent property, construction and infrastructure

consultancy – is providing full design and engineering services for the new school block, including architecture, building services and structural and civil engineering, working in partnership with the project’s main contractor, Cadman Construction. Due for completion in summer 2019, the project will see a 1970s school

block demolished and a new building constructed, consisting of science laboratories, art, graphics and food rooms, as well as office facilities and special educational needs and disability (SEND) spaces. Paul Darlow, regional director at Pick Everard, said: “Having had little upgrades since its initial build in the 1970s, the technology block at The

of building design and learn more about developing careers in building design and construction. Work is now progressing well and we look forward to seeing it complete very soon.” Stuart Cadman, framework director at Cadman, said: “There are a number

of challenges to consider during this project, such as time constraints and cost efficiencies that must be met – however, we have already developed a close working relationship across the multi-disciplinary team and our collaborative approach has enabled us to fast track the initial planning stages and we are glad to see that works have started on site.” The project has been identified as one of the first jobs in East Anglia on the

new DfE Construction Framework and Pick Everard’s first project on the Low Value Band under the Priority School Building Programme.

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Parking cars exchanged for working out at Lothbury’s Powis Place


othbury Investment Management, on behalf of Lothbury Property Trust, has created a brand-

new gym in the area formerly occupied by under- utilised car parking spaces in a ground floor level car park at their Powis Place student accommodation in Aberdeen. Powis Place is Lothbury’s sleek, modern student

accommodation building which features stylish and comfortable en-suite rooms and contemporary studios, all finished to a high standard and with all the features students need to work or unwind. The property features a spacious communal lounge, landscaped outdoor spaces, roof terrace and secure bike storage. Perry Linch of Lothbury Investment Management, said: “This conversion has created an exemplary fitness facility adding 2,000 sq ft to the excellent

facilities already provided at Powis Place for the benefit of the students. The student accommodation features 196 beds and the new gym been very well received since opening earlier this year.” Lothbury holds a portfolio of high value, excellently located student accommodation, including a 166-bed facility in Peckham Road, Camberwell,

south east London, the 100-bed Central Studios in Ealing, the 135-bed East Sands, St Andrews asset and the recently completed 418-bed Sheraton Park, Durham development, which, with Powis Place, values Lothbury’s total student property holding under management at over £120 million. June 2019 37

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