The works comprised of the construction of a new Discovery Centre built within the grounds of the Royal Latin School in Buckingham. The innovative building was designed to prepare pupils for practical studies at university and beyond with the facilities reflecting commercial science environments.
The Discovery Centre was developed as part of the school’s 600 Campaign to improve facilities by 2023, the school’s 600th anniversary.
The new building contains 12 brand new laboratories (all of which include state of the art scientific equipment), technology classrooms, preparatory room, store rooms, staff room, kitchenette, meeting room, plant room and a large roof terrace.
The building has been typically constructed on a suspended floor slab together with associated foundations. The superstructure is generally a steel frame clad with a combination of masonry and glass, the roof is a combination of a metal deck system, concrete and glulam beams. External window and doors are aluminium double glazed while the internal doors are generally timber. Internal walls are a combination of robust studwork and masonry. The works also include associated surface finishes, mechanical and electrical installations, external works, services and drainage.
John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons and Lead Patron of the 600 Campaign, said: “I’m thrilled that Buckingham will have such a splendid facility from which the school and wider community will benefit.”