St Helen & St Katharine - Drama Studio / Performing Arts Centre

Lowe & Oliver have a long standing relationship with the
Client and were employed to undertake both the design
and installation of a new drama and performing arts studio
for this independent girls school in Abingdon.

To provide professional facilities for a new build 200 seat
theatre in the round, some existing building structures
were demolished. A major extension, beyond the original
listed building lines, to accommodate additional dining
facilities together with the refurbishment of the kitchens
and the forming of new teaching and music rooms, were also
undertaken.

The original incoming switchroom had to be demolished to
make way for the new development. This entailed the
relocation of all the existing submains to maintain supplies
to the remaining blocks. A new substation was constructed to provide the additional and future load requirements of the
school. All these works were prioritised and programmed to
ensure the academic calendar, out of school activities and
exams, were not disrupted.

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Key Facts


Client: The School of St Helen & St Katherine

Architect: NVB Architects (Somerset)

QS: Sworn King & Partners

Main contractor: Benfield & Loxley

Value:
£334,000

Start date: August 2002

Completion date: March 2005