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Architects building for students' future
5:45pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
MAJOR refurbishment work on North-East schools is continuing as students enjoy the the summer holidays.
Darlington-based Niven Architects has been working around thousands of pupils for months as they completed their studies and sat important exams.
Four projects totalling £33m saw designers having to blend the refurbishment and partial demolition of existing premises with new buildings to create modern classrooms and sports facilities.
It is currently working on a new wing for Middlesbrough College’s sixth form centre, as well as a scheme to provide nine individual apartments for residents with learning difficulties at the Camphill Village Trust’s Larchfield Community, at Hemlington, in Middlesbrough.
Niven is also the appointed architects for a multiplex cinema and shopping complex being planned for Darlington town centre.
Director Simon Crowe said: “The projects have been a real challenge because we have had to work around thousands of pupils and staff without impacting on their education and Ofsted ratings.
“This has required precision planning, phased development and very careful pedestrian control. The experience has been a fantastic opportunity for the practice and cements our reputation in the area of educational provision.
“Working together we have managed to reduce the impact on learning to an absolute minimum but now the children are on holiday we will be able to accelerate progress.”
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