Students have been given a behind-the-scenes tour of the latest construction activity taking place at Homefield Preparatory School.
Boys from the school’s Student Council met with Diamond Build PLC to inspect a new building, which will house a reception area and administration offices for teaching staff. The tour, which was led by Diamond Build’s Project Manager, Michael Celoro, also gave the boys a chance to ask questions about working in construction.
On track to be handed over in May, the new building forms part of the third and final phase of an £8m redevelopment. It will be followed by the installation of an all-weather sports pitch and further demolition works, with the whole project due to complete on programme by the summer.
Michael Celoro said: “The tour was a great opportunity to show the students how much progress is being made and to give them an insight into what the new building will be used for. They could get a feel for where their teachers are going to be sitting when they’re not in the classroom and how the site will be accessed.
“The boys asked lots of questions about the build and working in construction. It was encouraging to discover there were some budding architects in the group and some talented mathematicians who would make great quantity surveyors!”
Designed by architects Ingleton Wood, the redevelopment marks the school’s 150th anniversary. The first and second phases have seen Diamond Build PLC build a block of 14 new classrooms to a very high specification, a two-storey performance hall and dining room as well as new music facilities, an ICT room and a library.
Based in Sutton, Surrey, Homefield is an independent day school for boys aged 4 – 13 years.