Cardinal Newman Catholic School

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In brief

Construction value: £ 3.2 million

Completion: August 2014

Location: Hove, East Sussex

Cardinal Newman is a large Catholic mixed comprehensive school, whose catchment area covers large swathes of East and West Sussex, as well as its home city of Brighton & Hove.

The school’s Sixth Form is one of the most popular and successful in the city, but student numbers were restricted to 300 by a lack of accommodation. In mid-2013, the school was granted planning permission for a new building that would create 200 much-needed extra places. The scheme received over 100 letters of support from the local community.

This was a large and complex project. The four-storey building was constructed around a reinforced concrete frame, and includes classrooms, a lecture theatre, common room, café, offices, media room and library totalling around 21,000 sq ft. The scheme also involved relocating car parking spaces and installing solar panels on the main school building.

Because we were working on a ‘live’ school site, effective segregation and timed deliveries were critical to minimise disruption and ensure safe working. We delivered the project on budget, and on time for its official opening by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, former Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, in August 2014.

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