A Summer of Building Improvements to A ‘Rare Gem’ of a School

The investment into improving the fabric of this architecturally interesting independent school was undertaken to ensure that the built environment appropriately reflects the high levels of quality afforded by its learning environment. Founded in 1896, buildings on the 60-acre school site range from the late Victorian Alfred Waterhouse manor house including oak panelling, carved staircase and plasterwork gilded ceilings, to more recent modern buildings.


Ian Williams Development Director Mike Turner comments: “We undertook a number of internal and external redecoration and flooring projects at Clayesmore to a variety of buildings across the campus, including the theatre, pupil dormitories, sports changing rooms, administrative offices, corridors, staircases and staff accommodation. Two key challenges of this project were working to tight timescales and meeting the needs of a changing programme during the summer holidays. Our flexible approach to planning and programming facilitated by our directly employed, local workforce ensured that all works were completed on time and to specification. It’s great to see a school like Clayesmore embrace the importance of the built environment as an important feature in its drive to continually improve and create and enhance the students’ learning environment.”


Building and Estates Manager, Jonathan Handley, comments: “We were delighted with the quality of work undertaken by Ian Williams for Clayesmore over the summer, particularly with their flexibility in accommodating changes in priorities as projects developed. We will certainly use them again in the future as and when the need arises.”


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