Our education experience exceeds over 80 new build, refurbishment and extension projects ranging in value up to £7m. We have used our specialist skills and knowledge to supply both public and private clients alike with high quality, innovative, sustainable and cost effective buildings conducive to learning and suitable for the modern pupil.
Our technical capacity is demonstrated, and has certainly been strengthened, through our eclectic portfolio of projects which spans pre-school, primary and secondary, SEN schools and further education colleges. Features include external landscaping and play areas, arts, sports and leisure facilities, refectories, media rooms and libraries, and of course, sustainability has been a key part of the design process to achieve requisite BREEAM ratings.
Buxton has developed particular expertise in working within an occupied educational environment ensuring the safety of staff and pupils remains paramount with minimal disruption to their learning. We are flexible in our approach and listen to the needs of our end users. Buxton involves students in the construction process by organising hard hat site tours, safety talks and other educational activities where appropriate
Since joining the company, Buxton Bear has been hard at work on site. His role is to help make construction educational and promote health and safety on site throughout the company’s education portfolio.
The Malthouse Performing Arts Centre
Employer: The King's School
Architect and Employers Agent & CDM: Tim Ronalds Architects
Project Manager & PQS: Fanshawe
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
M&E Consultant: Skelly & Couch
Theatre Design: Charcoal Blue
Buxton successfully completed The Malthouse Performing Arts Centre for the world renowned King’s School, Canterbury. Phase 2 comprised of a 384 capacity theatre with rehearsal spaces, dance studios, green rooms, wardrobe, dressing rooms, prop stores and all the associated technical theatre infrastructure.
The project involved the complete refurbishment of the 19th century Malting House, we have reinstated some of the building’s industrial features that were lost or fell into decay.
We removed the large 1970's windows previously fitted and reduced the openings allowing us to install new windows sympathetic to the original design.
The whole building was scaffolded and a temporary roof was installed over the existing, The old roof was replaced and existing slate tiles were retained and re-used where possible.
Major mechanical and electrical services have been installed including passenger lifts, specialist theatre lighting & audio fit-out.