Kemble and Stanley Buildings

Knowsley Community College

This project consisted of the design and build of a new three storey annexe, the Kemble Building along with refurbishment of the existing Stanley Building at Knowsley Community College’s occupied campus on Stockbridge Lane in Huyton.

The vacant site, originally incorporated Christ The King which was built as a PFI BSF school. The secondary education facility suffered falling attendances and was closed in 2013. Knowsley Community College (KCC) acquired the site and, with capital financial support from the Skills Funding Agency, has redesigned and utilised the existing accommodation along with the creation of a new annexe.

Sustainable and striking, the new Kemble Building, features classrooms, science rooms, storage, changing areas, toilets and circulation areas, vending and social spaces. An entire floor is dedicated to Supported Living and includes sensory rooms, independent living centres and specialised classrooms. Individually zoned and with full disabled access throughout, this 3134m² environmentally friendly annexe comprises practical and workshop space co-located within teaching rooms using the latest technology and subdivision capabilities to allow for future changes in use and demand.

BREEAM rated Very Good, this linear oblong structure is constructed with a primary steel frame and a metal deck roof system. External wall panels are a mixture of brickwork and stack bonded block work with cedar cladding and white render. Black glazed blocks with red rainscreen cladding feature on each gable. Large full height glazed windows allow natural light to beam into the building with individually zoned and controlled energy efficient lighting. Second floor windows open for natural ventilation and an environmentally controlled boost system is installed to stop overheating.

Providing a centre for learning which hosts a new home for KCC fm Live and the Lee Stafford Academy salons, the existing 9673m², Stanley Building was remodelled and refurbished. The three storey facility also incorporates classrooms, recording studios, music practice rooms, performance theatre, creative media laboratories with photo processing, film and lighting booths and photography room. An art department featuring a printing press, potters wheels and kiln also share the building with a gym and fitness suite, Bistro restaurant, catering and pastry kitchens and offices for the management team. Located on the ground floor within the spacious atrium are a coffee outlet, social space and the Learner Services centre which offers information, advice and guidance to students.

The 50 week project was handed over to the client six weeks earlier than the anticipated completion date.

Client: Knowsley Community College

The 50 week project was handed over to the client six weeks earlier than the anticipated completion date. I would like to offer on behalf of the college, our sincere thanks to John Turner for the exceptional efforts and contributions throughout the entire Stockbridge Centre new build and refurbishment works. The project has been an extremely challenging build and your company has provided first class service, support and an exceptional level of understanding around the colleges requirements, all of which have resulted in the college being handed the centre on time ready for our staff and learners to complete the full relocation from our existing home into new excellent facilities. I personally would like to thank the two Project Site Managers, Dave Hampton and Paul Buck, for their professionalism throughout this project as they have met their fair share of challenges along the way and have, during the entire programme, remained focused on achieving the colleges construction requirements and the two gentlemen are a credit to your company. I am extremely pleased to say that from the initial bid stage for the contract through to the current final stages of the programme John Turners have not relented on their commitment to the college and I would have no hesitation in engaging the services of your company or recommending you to any other organisation.”
Wayne Sullivan, Head of Environment, Knowsley Community College
Knowsley Community College

Our client’s responses

” John Turner has won a number of tenders at Edge Hill University and has been consistently successful in completing high quality projects, on programme and on budget. “

” I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to your entire team who were responsible for delivering such a successful project. We would especially like to recognise the dedication and commitment your team gave the project which was completed with minimal disruption to our hospital functions. ”

” The project has been a real success and this is due to the professional and well organised manner in which John Turner’s staff conducted themselves. There was excellent communication with a priority for safeguarding the pupils and staff at all times. “

” It is extremely refreshing to know that the enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication and humour is still available in the right proportions to make things happen in the construction industry. What is most pleasing is that at all times, the requirements of the Client and Church of England Pensions Boards as the end-user was paramount. Collectively, we have achieved completion on time, a building within budget and in some areas exceeded the client’s expectations. “

” Just a line to express my thanks and appreciation of your sterling efforts to secure the completion of this project within the agreed programme. I am impressed by both the attitude and approach of your organisation. Thanks once again on behalf of my colleagues and the clinical staff with whom you developed a true spirit of co-operation under difficult circumstances. “




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