Rushcliffe School | New Build Performing Arts & Languages Building

Aesthetically pleasing and thoughtfully designed, the new Performing Arts building creates an inspiring environment for students. The use of natural light, vibrant colours, and innovative architecture stimulates creativity and fosters a sense of artistic inspiration. Students are encouraged to explore their imagination and push the boundaries of their artistic abilities in this inspiring space.

Rushcliff School

Project details:

Client:  Trent Academies Group

Team:  Total Group

Type: JCT Design & Build Contract

Location: Rushcliffe, Nottingham

Project value: £3,900,000

Procurement: Competitive Tender

Project Overview

We are thrilled to announce the successful completion of the construction project for Rushcliffe School’s new Performing Arts building. This state-of-the-art facility is set to enhance the educational experience for students and provide a dedicated space for artistic expression.

The new Performing Arts building is a testament to our commitment to creating innovative and functional spaces that meet the evolving needs of educational institutions. Our team of skilled architects, engineers, and construction professionals have worked tirelessly to bring this project to fruition.

Commitment to Quality

At Total Group, we take pride in delivering high-quality construction projects that exceed our clients’ expectations. The completion of Rushcliffe School’s new Performing Arts building is a testament to our commitment to excellence, innovation, and sustainability.

We would like to express our gratitude to Rushcliffe School for entrusting us with this important project. It has been a pleasure working alongside the school’s staff and students to bring their vision to life.

We look forward to witnessing the positive impact that the new Performing Arts building will have on the educational journey of Rushcliffe School’s students and the wider community.

A new build, design and build, 2,200m2 Performing Arts and Languages Building at the Ofsted Outstanding school. The project involves creating 3 new flexible Drama Studios, box office and costume store for the school (and public hire). A steel frame and mix of brickwork and cladding created 10 extra classrooms for the Modern Languages department and 3 music rooms with recording studio and large group practice break out.

Benefits for Students

The completion of the new Performing Arts building at Rushcliffe School brings numerous benefits for students:

  • Enhanced Learning Environment: The purpose-built facility offers students a dedicated space to explore their creativity and develop their artistic skills.
  • Increased Opportunities: The addition of the new building expands the range of extracurricular activities available to students, allowing them to participate in various performing arts programs and events.
  • Collaborative Learning: The new spaces encourage collaboration among students, fostering teamwork and the exchange of ideas.
  • Professional Development: The state-of-the-art facilities provide students with a realistic and professional environment to refine their artistic abilities, preparing them for future careers in the arts.
  • Community Engagement: The new Performing Arts building will serve as a hub for community events and performances, strengthening the school’s connection with the local community.

Features of the New Performing Arts Building

The Rushcliffe School’s new Performing Arts building boasts a range of impressive features designed to support creativity and artistic development. Some of the key highlights include:

  • State-of-the-art Auditorium: The building houses a spacious auditorium equipped with cutting-edge audio and visual technology. This versatile space can accommodate various performances, including plays, musicals, and concerts.
  • Dance Studios: Multiple dance studios with specially designed flooring and mirrors provide students with ample space to practice and refine their dance skills.
  • Music Rooms: Soundproof music rooms equipped with a range of musical instruments offer students the opportunity to explore and develop their musical talents.
  • Rehearsal Spaces: The building features dedicated rehearsal spaces for drama and music, allowing students to practice and perfect their performances.
  • Recording Studio: A professional-grade recording studio enables students to record and produce their own music, enhancing their understanding of the music production process.
  • Gallery Space: The building includes a gallery space to showcase visual arts, providing students with the opportunity to exhibit their work and inspire others.

The Challenge

Working on a live and constrained school site has many complex challenges including:

  • Controlled delivery times with noise generating activities planned within certain time slots outside of school hours.
  • Restricted access through a one way road system to the school carpark, where the site is located. This needed to be kept accessible for buses, cars and the school to access the gymnasium facilities behind the site.
  • Connection of the gas and water mains required digging up the one way road system, this was planned and delivered during half term.
  • Safeguarding, DBS checks on the management team and contractors are conducted, the movement of contractors is controlled through the Site Manager and a secure site boundary.

Value Engineering

The scheme was in the region of 10% over budget.
We engaged with the Architects Church Lukas to understand the design philosophy and developed a solution that did not require planning approval to meet programme requirements. It was important to maintain the overall design ethos and acoustic performance of the building.
We redesigned the ventilation ducting to a smaller solution which allowed us to reduce the size of the ceiling service voids. This in turn reduced the height of the building and enabled us to reduce the cost of the piling on the complex sloping site.
We also engineered the drainage solution, changing from an underground pumping station to a gravity fed system which saved in the region of £40,000.

Key Achievements

  1. Apprentice Project Manager employed
  2. Engaged and helped give careers in construction advice to A Level student at the Rushcliffe School
  3. Facilitated a publicity generating musical concert on site.
  4. Church Lukas, the appointed Architects, will attend an open day on site with their trainees and assistants.
  5. Work experience placement provided to shadow Site Manager.
  6. Local Spend within 40 miles = 92.35
  7. Local Labour within 40 miles = 82.61%

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