Midas Construction has now completed a series of impressive new buildings to extend the facilities for younger pupils at Kingswood Prep School in Bath.
The multi-million-pound project at Kingswood School has delivered new buildings for the nursery, reception classes and the preparatory school.
The successful completion of the project paves the way for the school to open ‘The Garden At Kingswood’, which will be a state-of-the-art all-year-round facility.
The Nursery will welcome children from nine months old and will be offering a variety of flexible options.
Derek Quinn, Executive Director for Midas Construction, said: “This is a uniquely designed scheme which we are delighted to have been a part of, and I am extremely proud of the results we have achieved, both in the standard of finishes and the way the buildings themselves fit into, and complement, the wonderful surroundings at the school.
“We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the school throughout the build to ensure school activities continued as normal during the project, and with the local community.
“We also really enjoyed being able to share the excitement of the project with pupils, through presentations from our project team, as well as opportunities to visit site and mark some of the key construction milestones.”
During the work, the project was visited twice by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) – which rates sites on their safety, appearance, environmental performance, engagement with the local community and workforce – scoring Exceptional in each of the five categories and earning Midas its highest ever CCS rating.
The new nursery building at Kingswood is arranged as a pod of three interlinked buildings offering an imaginative educational environment for children as they progress through the age ranges.
This in turn links to a new hall and a series of music, art, technology and design classrooms for the preparatory school.
All the buildings were designed by Stonewood Design to fit within the school’s impressive setting, within Bath’s conservation area, and to complement the tree-lined site.
The buildings feature a mix of pitched and hipped roofs, walls partially clad in traditional brickwork and western red cedar shingles to the upper walls and roofs.
The project used innovative and sustainable cross-laminated timber construction methods – which consists of large panels of laminated spruce used to form the walls, floors, roof and stairs of the buildings.
This allowed for quick, quiet, clean and efficient construction. When exposed internally, the product has the benefit of creating a warm and calm environment, which will support the learning experience.