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01 Nov
Added By Sam Woolston

Work at Newnham College recently reached a milestone with the completion of the reinforced concrete frame for the new student and conference accommodation building.

To mark the occasion a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony was held on Friday 6th October and attended by key personnel involved in the project including the principal of Newnham College, Dame Carol Black and Bursar, Jenny Raine .

The project began a year ago when the 1960s Strachey Building was demolished and work began on a new building which will house 90 high-quality en-suite student bedrooms, a café, offices and conference facilities. A further 19 bedrooms are also being refurbished in the existing Fawcett Building, which adjoins the new build.

Attendees of the topping out ceremony signed a wall to commemorate the event which will be encased in the structure. Construction is scheduled for completion by September 2018, ready to welcome students for the new academic year.  

16 Aug
Added By Sam Woolston

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.

03 Apr
Added By Sam Woolston

In February 2015, former Prime Minister, David Cameron announced plans to construct one of the UK’s largest innovation centres set within the heart of Cambridge Science Park. With a £4.8m donation from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy  and co-funding from Trinity College, the John Bradfield Centre falls in-line with the Government’s continued commitment to protect and support the world-class research undertaken in East Anglia. 

SDC commenced construction of the prestigious £20m facility in February 2016. Named in honour of Sir John Bradfield, a Senior Bursar at Trinity College who was instrumental in the creation of the Cambridge Science Park, Bradfield saw that establishing links between the University and the technology sector was fundamental to the Science Park’s success, which is now home to more than 5000 entrepreneurs and innovators across 90 companies.

The state-of-the-art three storey building, designed by London based architects Aukett Swanke, covers 3000m2 and is curved to match the geometry of an adjacent lake. Internally, 70 glazed office pods are available to rent, high spec labs and an auditorium, which will be used to host influential speakers and product launches. In addition, the ground floor offers a restaurant, communal networking areas and retail units. 

SDC’s construction team spent considerable time planning, coordinating and maintaining vehicle logistics and material storage, making it one of SDC’s tidiest site’s to-date. The highly anticipated centre is set to open in Spring 2017.


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