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      What we do/ Our Projects/ Aldenham Prep School

      State-of-the-art facilities for a leading independent school in Hertfordshire

      Client
      Aldenham Foundation

      Size
      1,900 sq m

      Value
      £8m

      A new, multi-use building was required to provide teaching, sports and socialising spaces for prep school students. The client wished to create an inviting environment to encourage learning and development for its pupils.

      An existing 1920s school building was no longer fit for purpose and the client instructed us to demolish the structure – carefully working between several other Grade Listed buildings – and project manage the build of modern facilities, which included several classrooms, a science lab, library, sports hall and kitchen and dining areas. To minimise its ecological impact, the new building was required to utilise the latest sustainable technology. 

      The school is located within the green belt, therefore we advised how to navigate the restrictions associated with this while liaising with the local planning authorities. We conducted ongoing meetings with teachers and building users to ensure that the new structure was exactly as desired.

      The new Aldenham Prep building opened its doors to students in 2021. The structure offers modern facilities for the school and boasts sustainable features such as natural ventilation and heat recovery units to minimise energy consumption.

      Bidwells attentively guided us through each stage of the process, ensuring we were kept informed of progress and, crucially, involved in the decision making.
      Karl Mahon, Bursar and Clerk to the Governors, The Aldenham Foundation

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