South Benfleet school completes £1.5m state-of-the-art redevelopment

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New state-of-the-art drama studio at The King John School (Photos: Clare Banks Photography)

A major £1.5 million redevelopment project to upgrade The King John School in Thundersley, South Benfleet, with state-of-the-art modern teaching facilities has been completed.

The work was project managed by Ingleton Wood and has allowed The King John School, which is managed by Zenith Multi-Academy Trust, to completely redevelop its canteen area and upgrade classroom facilities.

Funded by Zenith MAT, the project focused on upgrading older areas of the school, such as the swimming pool courtyard which dated back to the 1940s.

Work included an extension and refurbishment of the dining hall, the refurbishment of two classrooms, and construction of two modern drama studios, a large multi-use classroom, and an additional classroom suite.

Ingleton Wood, a property and construction consultancy based in Billericay, was appointed as Project Managers and Principal Designers and provided multi-disciplinary services including architecture, quantity surveying, civil and structural engineering, and mechanical and electrical engineering.

Part of the new dining hall

Christopher Mabbutt, Partner at Ingleton Wood, said: “We were thrilled to use our extensive experience within the education sector to help redevelop and modernise the teaching facilities at The King John School in South Benfleet.

“We worked hand-in-hand with school leaders and Zenith Trust to design and create a first-class learning environment while adhering to the latest building standards and giving careful consideration to older parts of the school’s buildings and neighbouring residential properties.

“The King John School is a high-achieving academy which now benefits from new state-of-the-art learning environments, including sophisticated ventilation systems, that will suit the needs of generations of students for years to come.”

The renovation also allows The King John School, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, to provide enhanced bespoke specialist teaching areas for specific curriculum requirements and services.

Expanded dining area

Dan Steel, Headteacher of The King John School, said: “We are really pleased with our school refurbishment project. We are always looking at ways to improve the learning environment for all our students.”

Ingleton Wood is one of the largest property and construction consultancies in the East of England, with offices in Colchester, Norwich, Cambridge, Billericay and London. Its services include architecture, building surveying, building services engineering, planning, interior design, civil and structural engineering, quantity surveying, project management and health and safety.

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