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Interserve on track to deliver final phase of £14m Dorset school contract

by Interserve Press Office | Dec 12, 2011

Interserve on track to deliver final phase of £14m Dorset school contractFollowing the successful handover of a spectacular new college building, Interserve, the international support services and construction group, is currently engaged in the final phase of major development works at Budmouth College in Weymouth, Dorset.

The college is a mixed school with specialist technology status, teaching over 1,500 11 to 18 year old students.

Interserve was awarded the £14 million new build, demolition and refurbishment contract by Dorset County Council with whom the company has worked successfully in partnership for over 20 years. The centrepiece of the project is a pair of classroom blocks comprising 14 science labs and 34 other classrooms, including four ICT suites and other classrooms and ancillary facilities to an overall building size of 52m x 70m (with a ridge height of 11.5m).

The architects, Atkins, took inspiration from the Jurassic Coast which stretches from Dorset to East Devon to design a ‘cliff face’ sand coloured building, which features randomly laid projecting blockwork ledges on the external elevations. Along with some horizontal brickwork pin-striping, the varied textures of the materials used evoke the striations seen within the adjacent cliff tops of nearby West Bay, near Lyme Regis. The green parapet cappings also evoke the grass, which can be seen rolling over the cliff tops.

On the south side of the building, facing Chesil Beach, the outdoor communal area is surrounded by rows of upright sawn oak pillars with random heights, which bring to mind the groynes along a beach and have a practical purpose of acting as windbreaks.

The steel framed building has pre-cast hollow core floors and uses a secondary steel framing system for its inner skin, inlaid and encapsulated in several different types of insulation, helping towards the building’s Class A Energy Performance Certificate. This certification was achieved through a very carefully designed and integrated building, structure and services. Indeed, the building boasts higher levels of insulation than those required as standard by the relevant building regulations. Achieving an environmentally effective building without major cost premium is something of which all those involved in the project are justifiably proud.

Some 6,500m2 of internal floor area accommodates pupils across an east and a west wing, joined by two wide walkways at first floor level across the central covered break-out space. This break-out space, referred to as the ‘Avenue’ is closed off at both ends by a curtain walling system and protected above by an enhanced multi-layer polycarbonate roof system. The Avenue roof provides solar control which, together with an integrated ventilation system, creates a multi-purpose, weather proof space.

New technology is a key feature of the building, with a central computer screen showing students and teachers how much energy, water and gas are being used; projectors display artwork on walls; and at the heart of the design is a system installed in every classroom managing internal climate and carbon dioxide levels. The building mass is used in the environmental control of this system, together with the high ceiling heights. This height also enables good levels of balanced daylight to be achieved.

Part of the challenge of the contract for Interserve has been to minimise the impact of its operations on staff and pupils at the site. Careful delivery scheduling to accommodate the college’s peak traffic times has played a key role in this area.

Interserve’s Contracts Manager, Samuel Teremetz, said:
“This project has showcased some excellent teamwork amongst all of the parties involved (especially the Dorset County Council and Atkins teams), demonstrating the value of collaborative working in order to realise some new and innovative aspects of the project.”

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For further information please contact:

Michele Curran
Head of Corporate Business Development

Peter Haddock
Edson Evers
01785 255146

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About Interserve

Interserve's vision is to be the Trusted Partner of all our stakeholders. We are one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment and facilities management services for society's infrastructure. Interserve is based in the UK, has revenue of £1.9 billion and a workforce of nearly 50,000 people worldwide.

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About Atkins

Atkins ( is the UK's largest engineering and design consultancy and the world's 11th largest design firm. In the education sector, Atkins provides a range of services to local authorities, schools, colleges and learning and skills councils.

Whether working on a new development or helping a school make the most of existing space, Atkins relishes the challenge of creating learning environments which meet the needs of all stakeholders.

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