Our design strategy took a collaborative approach, involving lecturers and students in the design process. 3D modelling visualisations were also shared, to ensure the completed space would optimise future learning and productivity. The final design exposed the inner workings of a building, from the type of brick laying and modern modular design, through to mechanical and electrical service installation.
Several of the college’s construction students were appointed as apprentices to work alongside the craftsmen and professionals on the project, involving them directly in the construction and even resulting in permanent roles for some. Lecturers now use the space as an example of best practice when discussing building design with students, and the original 3D modelling visualisations have been included as learning materials on the construction trade course modules.
We actively support initiatives that create a positive impact, helping our customers achieve their social objectives. So, above and beyond the building works, we aim to leave a positive legacy by investing our teams’ time in helping the community with cultural opportunities and by utilising our construction activities to aid delivery of the school curriculum.
At Potters Gate School in Farnham, our team volunteered to help raise funds for the school by running a brick engraving scheme and performing a car valet service at their Christmas Fair. At Tavistock Infant School in Fleet, the Osborne team sponsored the children’s Easter egg competition and were invited to help in selecting the lucky winner. At Treloar College in Alton where students have to cope with severe disabilities, our team worked alongside them to raise funds for their physical education though a sponsored basketball tournament.
This is why we see every school building project as an opportunity for our teams to implement new community focused ideas that leave an enduring legacy.