Building for the Future
We are very pleased to announce that major redevelopment works planned at Testbourne are due to commence in Summer 2020. The works are part of Hampshire County Council SCOLA Recladding programme. The proposed work relates to the school’s two-story SCOLA teaching block which was built in 1970. The recladding will not only give the building a new lease of life, it will give us the opportunity to significantly improve the internal building environment for the students and improve energy efficiency as part of our drive to be more environmentally friendly in our work.
Over the last few months we have been working closely with the architects to alter the location, size and configuration of a number of the teaching and ancillary spaces to better suit the requirements of the curriculum and the needs of the students. Some classroom spaces will be expanded to more comfortably accommodate our students, the dining area will be extended, a new lab will be provided and new modern toilet facilities will be installed. In addition, the recladding will include a more sympathetic use of windows and double glazing in conjunction with a new insulated roof to improve energy efficiency.
Jon Beck, Headteacher, explained, “We are very excited by the anticipated improvement to the educational facility and experience for our students that this project will provide. I and my team are working closely with highly experienced experts from Hampshire County Council to ensure that any disruption is minimised and that the full curriculum can be delivered throughout the project. The construction work will be completed in phases to reduce impact, with only one or two curriculum departments impacted at any one time.”
The project, with an estimated cost of around £3 million, is expected to provide a lasting, high quality building for current students of Testbourne and those for many years to come.