Russell Education Trust and the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Key Points:

  • Logistically challenging site, landlocked and access shared with three other schools
  • Three storey replacement teaching block
  • Timber frame
  • Two stage tender



Principal Consultants:
Innes Associates and Mace

Project Duration:
51 weeks

Project Details
Construction of a new three storey replacement teaching block, named the Welby Building, was developed via closed panel timber frame solution on the south eastern corner of the grounds at Becket Keys. The new teaching block provided further teaching space, shared community space including a deli café and a sixth form centre.

Other works included the demolition of the ‘caretakers house’ and ‘Block 2’ and the extension and refurbishment of outside areas to create three netball courts and an informal play area. The new Sixth Form areas included lounge, garden, decking area and silent study rooms, alongside toilets to provide a nature style for students to grow and bring the gap between school and university.

We worked closely with the school to develop a phased management and logistics plan that allowed for delivery to progress safely while maintaining ‘business as usual’ for the school.

Strong collaboration, early contractor involvement and liaison with key stakeholders delivered a project that the school can be proud of, that was delivered earlier than scheduled and on budget.


“Very satisfied. Fantastic staff, clear & timely communications. The building is an inspiration and I have enjoyed every phase of the build.”

Finance & Contracts Manager
Becket Keys C of E School