Building work begins on £3.5m science block at Bourne Grammar School

Artist's impression of new science block at Bourne Grammar School. Image: Grayling Thomas
Artist's impression of new science block at Bourne Grammar School. Image: Grayling Thomas

Construction specialist Stepnell has been awarded a £3.5 million contract to build a new school science block.

Work is now under way on the state-of-the-art two-storey facility at Bourne Grammar School, which will provide 15 laboratories and three preparation rooms as well as student and staff toilet facilities.

Designed by architects Grayling Thomas, the science block is due to be completed ready for September 2017.

The stand-alone building features a steel frame construction with its external walls set to be constructed from aluminium and timber cladding, and brickwork with an aluminium standing seam roof.

The front of the building will be punctuated by glass panels in vivid colours.

Twenty additional car parking spaces will also be created through the construction programme.

Bourne Grammar School is going through a period of expansion and creating an additional 600 school places and the new science block provides much needed accommodation for pupils from Year 7 through to sixth form.

Stepnell operations and commercial manager Thomas Sewell said: “The new science block will provide a spacious, well-equipped advanced learning and teaching environment for science at Bourne Grammar School.

“We have a strong record in creating education facilities and are excited to be bringing that skill and knowledge to this exciting project.”

Stepnell has a long-established record of sensitively delivering construction schemes in occupied settings and will use that expertise to enable the work to go ahead without disruption to the day-to-day life of the school.

Where possible, the company will use local suppliers and operatives to work on the scheme.

Stepnell Ltd is a family-owned full service construction and civil engineering business which undertakes all types of building projects, including complex schemes, up to £30 million in value.

Established in the 1870s, Stepnell has a head office in Rugby, Warwickshire, and regional offices in Kidderminster, Worcestershire; Nottingham, Nottinghamshire; Wantage, Oxfordshire and Poole, Dorset.