Independent schools get new modular buildings for September return

Two independent schools are looking forward to sharing new facilities with pupils when they return in September

Two independent schools in England have new modular buildings ready for the return of children to school in September: a STEAM block at Gretton School in Cambridge, and a multi-use teaching block at Reddiford School in Pinner

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic saw modular construction specialist Darwin Group, which delivered both buildings, strengthen its site working practices with strict hygiene and social distancing measures.

Gretton’s STEAM block (pictured above) scales 234m2 and will provide the specialist school with two science labs, a design and technology workshop, art studio and associated services. It was completed in three and a half months.

Ian Thorsteinsson, principal at Gretton School, said: “Our smart new block is a fantastic addition to our school. Many of our students get lots of enjoyment from the creativity that science, technology and art provide, so I think this space is going to become their favourite place to work.

“We aim to make our students’ school life structured, fun and enjoyable and the new teaching environment will allow us to enhance their learning while providing the secure space that they need to grow. We can’t wait to show our students when we welcome them back in September.”

Reddiford School’s £875,000 building, scaling 321m2, provides enhanced teaching and learning facilities. It houses a multi-functioning classroom, music practice room and school hall, which will also be used as a gymnasium and provide space for functions, lunch facilities and assemblies. It took 12 months to complete.

Reddiford School has a new multi-use block


Harrow Council specified the need for a method of attenuating rainwater in the instance of a large storm. Darwin Group used the roof to hold and attenuate rainwater, which is then gradually released into an underground storm drainage system.

Linda Shepherd, bursar at Reddiford School, said: “The completed building is stunning and has been finished to an exceptionally high standard.”

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