projectSt Catherine's School, Bramley

locationGuildford, UK


We were appointed directly by the client to deliver the M&E services design for the provision of a new sports and performing arts centre at this independent preparatory school, senior school and sixth form, with on site boarding.

The project comprised the construction of two new blocks to accommodate modern arts and sports facilities including a 600 seat performance auditorium, music and drama facilities, sports hall, gym, fitness suites, classrooms and swimming pool refurbishment.

The scheme, completed in 2011 incorporated provision of CHP plant and rainwater harvesting. The high specification auditorium is provided with a full heating, cooling and ventilation system to meet extremely low noise level requirements, along with extensive stage lighting and control systems.

Desco adopted a number of innovative techniques to provide comfortable conditions whilst maintaining energy efficiency. The project was designed to be constructed in two phases to assist with the school’s operational requirements, and is now complete.

Desco continues to be employed by the school to provide overall masterplan advice to assist the school in developing an optimum M&E infrastructure for this large campus. Other recent smaller works have included the design associated with a heating upgrade project and a £3m conversion of the school’s existing speech hall into a dedicated sixth form centre.

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