This project expanded Kettering Science Academy to accommodate more students by creating new teaching and breakout spaces for sixth formers.

The building has a full height light-filled atrium and is equipped to a high specification with accommodation over three floors including classrooms, a lecture theatre, study space and socialising and eating facilities.

It was completed within 62 weeks despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

The Challenge

The project was already an exemplar of collaborative working when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, causing problems with materials supplies. The team immediately explored resequencing works and securing alternative suppliers to meet the requirement for completion by October 2020.

Resequencing involved bringing forward external groundworks and external finishes. First-fix services installations were completed before walls were in place. Internal decorative blockwork was delayed until materials could be obtained and designs were changed where required.

Our Solution

Sustainable designs to minimise energy usage were achieved through a heavyweight building mass to reduce internal temperature variations; high performance glazing to minimise heat gains; and natural ventilation supplemented by mechanical ventilation on hot days.

Community benefits included 22 hours spent on local college and school visits; 5,310 hours’ employability coaching for young people; one job created for a local person; and 42% of contractor’s spend within 20 miles – delivering total social return on investment of £2,500,000.


Brooke Weston Trust chief executive Dr Andrew Campbell, said: “Colleagues from Pick Everard kept the project on track and trust and Kettering Science Academy colleagues have been involved at every level. I do genuinely think that this is a triumph of teamwork at a time when lots of things were coming to a halt.

We kept the project going when there were national shortages of brick and mortar. The fact that we didn’t falter is an indication of the thought and commitment everyone put in around how we could make this work, in terms of supply chain, schedule and social distancing and I was hugely impressed with your resolve and ingenuity.”

Project Information

Client: Brooke Weston Trust

Location: Kettering