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On Friday 16 June 2017, Space Scientist, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, officially opened the highly anticipated Science Centre at an event hosted by Bedford Modern School and attended by the project team, school staff, students and other special guests.
The schools decision to improve their existing teaching facilities and provide students with a new science faculty that exceeds current educational standards came in early 2013 when architects Scott Brownrigg, won a design competition to provide a modern, flexible building that would inspire creativity and promote discussion.
SDC commenced construction of the state-of-the-art centre in October 2015. Situated to the rear of the school grounds and wrapped around a central learning atrium with floors for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, the new three storey facility houses 17 multi-discipline laboratories, each sized to accommodate 24 pupils.
SDC’s Strategic Director, Craig Millar, was thrilled to be working on this project and stated, “SDC was here ten years ago to build the Rutherford Building and are delighted to come back and deliver another exciting project for Bedford Modern School. As a Bedford based company, this has been a tremendous opportunity for SDC, and we look forward to delivering more successful schemes in the future.”
The new centre forms part of Bedford Modern School’s legacy strategy which seeks to provide a more fulfilling learning experience together with the best possible foundation in science, allowing students to achieve even greater academic success.
At the official opening ceremony Headmaster, Michael Hall said: “The Science Centre is by far the most significant capital investment in the School’s history and seeing teachers and students using this exceptional teaching and learning environment this afternoon is wonderful. Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology are already popular subjects at Bedford Modern School and, currently, more than a third of our sixth formers study three sciences, including Maths. Many of these students will go on to study a science-related course at university. This is, in no small part, due to the efforts made by the excellent teaching staff who inspire students of all ages every day and, in this incredible new facility, will continue to inspire countless young scientists for many years to come.”
Teaching in full capacity will commence September 2017.