Exeter Maths School
Winner of Michelmores Heritage Projects of the Year 2015.
The Exeter Mathematics School restoration, led by Kier Construction, is an award winning project that saw the transformation of an impressive Georgian building. The 18th century site had been empty for several years when Kier Construction appointed the design team to turn the building into a new school for the South West's most gifted 16 to 19-year-old mathematicians. Sands were appointed as the Civil and Structural Engineers.
The school now contains personal study spaces, flexible teaching rooms, a science laboratory and a library as well as offices.
The interiors comprise a number of unusual design features, including walls that students can write on, colourful furniture and teaching spaces that can quickly be re-sized by moving screens.
The re-modelled room layouts required the removal of load bearing walls, strengthening of floors, steel framed restraint of a bowing wall and the re-arrangement of a heavy steel frame. Sands worked closely with Kier and the Architectural team to ensure that the new structure was sympathetic to the original building, whilst at the same time fulfilling the requirements of a modern teaching facility.