The new Research Centre features 400m² of learning space, which houses 8000 books as well as computers, laptops, iPads and Kindles. The accommodation includes a high speed wireless environment and large silent Sixth Form study area on the ground floor.
SAFE - Situated near the front entrance to the Academy, adjacent to existing buildings and with access restrictions to two elevations, the delivery of the Research Centre presented significant logistical issues to the team. Shared site access with the main school required careful management to ensure peak times were avoided, utilising a nearby layby as a delivery holding area to prevent on-site congestion. The project was completed on time and with no incidents involving staff, pupils or visitors.
SUSTAINABLE - With construction work commenced by a competitor prior to entering administration, the drainage and foundations had already been laid. Prior to commencement, the Read team ensured the suitability of the work carried out by others, undertaking quality control checks and remedial works to maintain standards. Having worked for the academy on several previous schemes, Read again proved to be a "safe pair of hands" completing the works on time and to budget.