Kershaw Appointed to Major Secondary School Expansion

September 18 2013

The expansion of Beal High School in Redbridge, with a project value of £16.9 million, will result in the largest school in London, at 2,500 pupils, once works are finished. Cambridge based, M&E specialists, Kershaw Mechanical Services have used their considerable education sector experience to land the contract to deliver the full building services for the school, with a value in excess of £3 million.

The existing Beal High School, which is heavily oversubscribed, is set to benefit from additional, new build accommodation, catering for  a further 840 pupils, in the form of a 3-storey building and sixth form centre. The new facilities will enable the school to expand from eight forms of entry to 12 and include teaching spaces, a learning resource centre, an assembly hall and a sports halls. The interior design will reflect the school’s specialism of Media Arts.

A key feature of the building services works to be carried out by Kershaw is the Breathing Building natural ventilation system which, together with other sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting, solar PV, under floor heating, and a combined heat and power plant, will help to reduce the building’s carbon footprint and energy usage, and earn the building a BREEAM excellent rating. Electrical works include power and data; internal, external and feature lighting; and security, fire alarm and PA systems.

Kershaw is working in partnership with Morgan Sindall on the project which is due for completion in July 2014. The architects are DLA Architecture.

Ian Greenstock, Kershaw Mechanical’s Sales Director, said “We are looking forward to demonstrating our engineering skills on this project, in particular the environmental design aspects, which is going to result in a great new teaching resource for Beal High School.”

August 2013

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