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Modular build for Cambridge specialist independent school completes

Modular construction specialists, Darwin Group, has delivered a new multi-use block for Gretton School in Cambridge.

Scaling 234 sq m, the brand-new STEAM block will provide the school with two science labs, a design and technology workshop, art studio and associated services.

Charles Pierce, managing director at Darwin Group, comments: “As a proud British company we are thrilled to be able to offer an innovative solution that has bought this project to fruition.”


“Our modern techniques and unique turnkey service allows us to redefine what is realistically achievable within tight timescales and limited budgets making us the perfect fit for projects of this nature.”

By utilising Darwin’s modern approach to design and turnkey solutions, the block was completed in three and a half months and arrived on site with fully fitted science labs, gas facilities, a prep-room and desk space, providing a functional space for experiential and theory lessons.

Darwin Group, in conjunction with LXA Projects Ltd, were able to streamline the process and provide a more cost-effective solution for the school via its in-house team of education construction experts.

The block is specially designed using modular methods and has been built with the future in mind with high-quality materials. As it was constructed off-site at Darwin Groups’s Shrewsbury-based facility, disturbance to the rest of the school was kept to a minimum.

Part of the Cavendish Education Group, Gretton is an independent specialist school in Girton for student aged 5-19 years old – offering a safe and secure learning environment for all.

Ian Thorsteinsson, principle at Gretton School, says: “Our smart new block is a fantastic addition to our school. Darwin Group were true professionals and considered the needs of our staff and students at every stage of the project, from start to finish.”

“It was a great relief that the majority of the construction work could be completed off-site without disturbing the school and we were amazed at how fast it was assembled. Many of our students get lots of enjoyment from the creativity that science, technology and art provide so I think this space is going to become their favourite place to work.”

He continues: “We aim to make our students school life structured, fun and enjoyable and the new teaching environment will allow us to enhance their learning whilst providing the secure space that they need to grow. We can’t wait to show our students when we welcome them back in September.”

Richard Parton, director of LXA Projects Ltd, adds: “It was a pleasure to deliver this new academic facility in conjunction with Darwin Group. The team were flexible and responsive throughout the project and the end product is a fantastic new addition to Gretton School.’’

While Darwin Group specialises in the fast track construction of education projects, it also provides modular housing for the assisted living, retirement and care home sectors.

Modular housing is rapidly growing in popularity and is seen as a fast, eco-friendly way of solving the housing crisis, with schemes set in play by ilke Homes and Legal & General Modular Homes providing more homes across the UK during lockdown.

Earlier this week, we revealed how Etopia Group had become the world's first carbon neutral housebuilder.


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