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Sector: Education
Service: Cost Consultancy | Project Management

Refurbishing and integrating the old with the new  

The Taunton Academy is a large Secondary school where many of the school buildings have recently been demolished and rebuilt because of condition issues. However, there was insufficient funding to rebuild the whole of the site and so a significant part of the old 1970`s building remained. These buildings were in poor condition, particularly externally, where there were rotten fascias, leaking roofs and old Crittall windows in rotten timber sub-frames.

The challenge

The Academy asked Hookway to advise on funding options and to develop a costed scheme to repair and refurbish the old buildings externally. It was particularly important to the academy that elevational treatments were developed to ensure that the refurbished elevations integrated fully with the recently rebuilt adjacent new buildings.

The solution 

Hookway were appointed to prepare a bid for government Condition Improvement Funding for the external refurbishment of the old buildings and the bid was successful. Hookway were appointed as cost consultants and project managers for the project and worked with Glazetek Ltd to produce a curtain walling solution to blend 

The result

The academy were delighted with the result. The old building elevations have been updated to match the new buildings, the visual amenity of the buildings has been enhanced and the old and new buildings are integrated. Thermal and acoustic performance has also increased substantially providing a much improved learning environment.

 

 

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Testimonial

“Hookway really understand schools – including their needs and the financial pressure that they are often under - and we have a long-standing and very positive working relationship with the company.”

“Hookway have been excellent and our English block looks and feels like a new building. ”

“Hookway worked in close partnership with us and carefully managed a range of trades and contractors. Greg Smith, Hookway’s Surveyor, met with my team regularly and always acted upon any feedback shared; he cared passionately about the quality of the work and made sure that it was completed to an excellent standard.’”