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New art block for Uffculme School
8:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in Devon
CREATIVE students at Uffculme School can let their artistic flair go that extra mile thanks to the transformation of a new art block.
The building, which was formally a standalone five-classroom science block, now boasts three classrooms, a kiln room for pottery firing, toilet areas, an office and a spacious new eating area and internet cafe.
School staff say the styling of the art block will help to promote creativity and stimulate the pupils' imaginations and the large classrooms present an industrial-style atmosphere, with steel roofing and hot water radiant panels on the ceilings.
Head teacher Lorraine Heath said everybody is impressed with the new building, adding: "It is a complete transformation, bearing no resemblance to the old, dilapidated block.
"The contractors have been fantastic working long days and weekends to complete it for the start of term. It has been wonderful to see pupils' reactions to the new space. We can't wait to see all the art work which the students will be producing in this wonderful new facility."
SWH Build, a division of South West Highways Ltd, carried out the work.
Ben Pyle, South West Highway's managing director, said: “I'm sure the students will enjoy an enhanced learning experience from the new facility which itself seems so creative. We worked hard to finish the scheme a week before schedule to hand the keys over to the school before the new term began.”
Biology, chemistry and physics are already being taught in a brand new science block in Uffculme which was recently completed.
The new building's innovative, flexible design has increased the teaching provision and allows the children to be educated appropriately within one dedicated area.
It incorporates sustainable technologies, including solar panels, ground source heating, and rainwater harvesting.
Grainge Architects of Exeter designed the new building, which includes seven teaching laboratories, preparation rooms and staff facilities.
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