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The project was awarded Project of the Year at the 2023 MMC Awards.
Ratcliffe College is an independent school located in Leicestershire. In 2021, requiring more space for their growing student numbers, they sought a company to build a new teaching block that would accommodate their whole English department.
Speed and design were two key factors emphasised strongly by the college, and the factors that largely contributed to TG Escapes being awarded the contract. We not only achieved their objectives, but delivered a stylish, sustainable, economic solution; a building originating from our mission to create bespoke, timber-framed, net zero buildings which connect to nature and inspire.
Built using a panelised modular system designed by our in-house architects/engineers, the 925m2, ten classroom, two storey block was built in only 28 weeks, inclusive of demolition and enabling works to the original site. Consisting of 314 wall panels and 150 custom made Posi joist roof and floor panels made from 871 joists, all constructed off site and delivered to the build teams when required. This modular approach saved time, compound space and reduced costs versus more traditional construction solutions.
The building was sited in a prominent position in full view of parent drop-offs, therefore designed as an aesthetically pleasing addition to the school. Views of nature, easy access to the outdoors, natural light and materials, were all considered and have been proven to enhance educational outcomes and the well-being of students. The building design included a full-height atrium with roof lights, a large PV array and a living roof along with a mix of render, cedar and neo-life cladding to the external façade.
The feedback from the school has been incredibly positive with both students and teachers remarking on the space and light.