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The two-storey classroom block (block 1) comprised the partial demolition of two timber-clad temporary classroom buildings and full demolition of a small swimming pool and construction of a two-storey building (having a gross internal floor area of 242m²) with trench-fill foundations, beam and block floors, load-bearing brick/block cavity walls, timber roof trusses and concrete roof tiles, mechanical (under-floor heating) and electrical services and associated external works.

Work was carried out during the school term in close proximity to the existing occupied temporary classroom buildings. All necessary protective and procedural measures were taken to maintain the safety of staff and pupils at all times.

The contract was successfully completed in 28 weeks at a total cost of approximately £500,000.

The two single-storey classroom buildings (blocks 2 & 3 with gross internal floor areas of 170m² and 70m² respectively) are of a similar construction to the two-storey classroom building (block 1). The contract was negotiated with the incumbent contractor at the same rates as the previous phase (allowing for tender inflation) to take advantage of his established site set-up, working relationship and familiarity with the school, site constraints, and design and material specification etc.

While negotiating this contract, a separate enabling works contract was let which comprised partial demolition of the temporary classroom buildings and site strip to maintain continuity of work on site.

The classrooms were constructed during the school term and the contract was successfully completed in 19 weeks at a total cost of approximately £475,000. 

The new buildings were officially opened on 18th September 2014 by leading architect Lord Richard Rogers, famous for landmark buildings such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Lloyds Building and Millennium Dome in London, who attended the school as a pupil some 75 years ago.




To cater for a growing population of families with young children Herne Bay Junior School required increased facilities.  In addition there were several temporary classrooms that were at the end of their useful life.

Grants were negotiated and obtained from the Department for Education and Employment under the school’s grant maintained status.

Although the original Victorian school buildings were not listed they contained many architectural features that the local authority wished to have reflected in the new extensions.  These features primarily related to the external envelope of the building and the construction of the new extensions included matching clay roof tiles, brick details and specially made bricks to form eaves and gable decoration taken directly from moulds of the existing ornate Victorian façade.

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