Take a look at Southfield School Kettering's £4m extension

It is hoped that a special ex-pupil may be available to cut the ribbon

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:02 am
Sursham Tompkins's director Mark Croxen led the design team

The new locally-designed £4m sixth form block at a Kettering s Southfield School has been described by its deputy head teacher as 'the perfect reflection of our ethos and vision'.

Complete with a 240-seat lecture theatre, the new two-storey building contains 10 classrooms, offices, a bespoke café and a glazed undercroft providing a multi-functional learning/social area for students.

To meet the need for secondary school places in the town and surrounding areas Southfield School accepted an expansion proposal to increase its intake by an extra 240 pupils.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Sursham Tompkins's director Mark Croxen led the design team

Sywell-based Sursham Tompkins' director Mark Croxen led a design team of BCAL Structural & Civil Engineers, Parsons Associates M&E Consultant and Tompkins Robinson Quantity Surveyors to deliver the project.

He said: "Working in collaboration with the school, a feasibility study was completed and it was decided the best solution for the school was to construct a new 2,000m² sixth form building to re-locate the existing sixth form facilities into a state of the art, purpose-built facility.

"Two old mobile classrooms and a dated study building were removed to make way for a new two-storey building. Despite Covid restrictions and unforeseen site issues the project was delivered on budget, on time and to a standard of design and finish beyond the school's expectations.

"Numerous design elements along with material specification, LED sensor controlled lighting, highly efficient ventilation systems and photovoltaic roof array panels were all employed to meet the school’s requirements for a highly insulated and energy efficient green building.

The bricks are partly made of recycled glass

"Gareth Butcher, deputy headteacher at Southfield School, said: "The new building is a perfect reflection of our ethos and vision for the sixth form and our students. It provides an ideal bridge from school to university and the wider world. The number of students applying to come to our sixth form has increased since the building opened last September.

"Our students are rightly proud of the building and prospective students are quick to see the benefits of joining our sixth form. We have been absolutely delighted with the final build. It is a testament to the professionalism and adaptability shown throughout the project by Sursham Tompkins and partners despite the challenges faced over the last 12 months.”

Sursham Tompkins has also recently been the lead consultant for the £2.6m sports building/ 5G football pitch at Latimer Arts College in Barton Seagrave, and the £3.6m classroom and lecture theatre for Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough.

The new £4m building replaced two mobile classrooms
The 240 capacity lecture theatre can host a whole year group
The undercroft area can be used by other year groups at the school
The office also acts as a meeting room
The raked lecture theatre provides space for the multi-use undercroft
Brew 52 offers a choice of drinks and snacks in a designer setting
Brew 52 offers a break from studying with areas to relax
The area is cleared for the building to start
Those wanting to work over a hot drink can use the benches
The Sixth Form Centre is a bridge between school and university