September 27, 2021

Construction starts on striking new build for 85-year-old school in Surrey

Modular construction specialist Darwin Group has started on-site to deliver a brand-new education building for Greenfield School in Woking, Surrey.

The large build, scaling 2,492 sq m, will be delivered using modern methods of construction in just 43 weeks and will feature dining, teaching and sports facilities. Darwin Group will also be looking after landscaping works around the site. 

The project’s quick, scheduled turnaround has been made achievable by using off-site construction techniques at Darwin’s factory, based in Shrewsbury. Its unique turnkey service covers all project stages of design, planning and construction.

Last year, Greenfield School decided to start a new chapter and move from Brooklyn Road, where the school had been located for over 70 years, to Old Woking Road in Surrey. This move provided the opportunity for the school to expand and Darwin Group was appointed to maximise the extra space with a modern education concept.

Darwin Group’s in-house team is highly experienced in delivering first-class education builds within tight timescales. The on-site team will be working closely with staff at Greenfield to ensure minimal disturbance to the live school environment during installation.

The collaboration of Darwin Group and Greenfield School has resulted in a cost-effective, but high-quality approach. The brand-new build has been designed to be practical, as well as eye-catching, with large floor-to-ceiling windows to create a spacious learning environment with plenty of natural daylight.

Charles Pierce, Managing Director of Darwin Group, said: “Our team has worked cohesively with Greenfield School to design this stunning, new multifunctional build for the pupils and staff. The school’s new location has provided our design team with a blank canvas and it has been our pleasure creating the plans for the new facilities. We are delighted to enter the construction phase of the build and we look forward to seeing the vision come to life.”

Meg Gardiner, Bursar at Greenfield School, added: “When Greenfield School approached Darwin Group, we were looking for a contractor that would understand our detailed requirements, work wholly in partnership with us and design and build a state of the art, eye-catching facility which will play a key role in the next step in Greenfield School’s history. We are confident that we have found this in Darwin Group and the whole school community are excited to embark on this journey, as well as to inhabit the finished product.”