Client: School Governing Body
Contractor: RDF Building Services
Meanwood CE Primary School comprises a Grade II listed building built by the influential Beckett family in 1840. As a result of the quality of the building and the adjacent Meanwood Institute, the area was designated as a Conservation Area in the 1970s. We recently completed extensive fabric repairs and internal alterations to three of the classrooms.
The restoration work included the sensitive repair of a number of the original timber sash windows, the re-pointing and re-bedding of original stone features and works to the roof.
One of the classrooms that was refurbished is located within the listed part of the school. The large space was originally divided in two by a low storage unit, creating the year 6 classroom and a group area which was unable to be used effectively. The lofty ceiling and exposed trusses resulted in a poor acoustic environment. As part of the works, the storage unit was demolished and a new full height partition was installed, maintaining the year 6 classroom and creating a designated group room with fitted storage at one end. The ceiling has been lowered to balance the scale of the room and carefully sculpted around the Gothic pointed arches of the original building. New acoustic panels on the walls and suspended acoustic panels in the classroom side of the space has significantly reduced the sound reverberation and has created a pleasant teaching environment.
Two adjoining classrooms, that were originally open plan leading to issues with noise that affected learning, were also refurbished through the project. A new partition was installed between the two classrooms and a high level bespoke oak screen which maintains a visual connection whilst providing a solution to the noise concerns. The classrooms were also fully decorated including new carpets, ceilings and lighting as part of the works.