Category Archives: Denbigh High School

Exciting Site Developments at Denbigh High School

Monday, November 28th, 2016

dsc_6812-external-admin-block-rot-cropThis year has seen the completion of a number of site development projects at Denbigh High School in Luton, four of which we have been involved with. The latest to reach completion is the construction of an extension at the rear of the main school building to provide a larger area for the Chiltern Learning Trust administration team.

There were a number of technical challenges to overcome in order to extend out from the existing two-storey building, which dates from the 1930s and has distinctive windows, some of them arched. We therefore designed a flat-roof extension including windows with glazing bars which harmonise with those around it. We obtained planning permission and building control approval for the new block and project managed the build.

Inside, there is a new open-plan office for staff, together with three separate office and meeting rooms, new toilets and a delivery room, all of which meet the aspirations of the Trust’s expanding administration team. This is part of a longer-term aim to establish a central hub for the Trust in order to rationalise support services.

Dramatic New Entrance at Luton School

Friday, October 21st, 2016

img_4578-resizedDenbigh High School is well known throughout Luton; originally constructed in the 1930s, it has an impressive façade making it a local landmark.

The main entrance, however, was in need of modernising. We produced a design for the internal spaces that included installation of a new reception counter, refurbishment and extension of the main office, introduction of a new door opening for the head teacher’s PA and the creation of a dramatic modern entrance hall with tall glazed double doors and archway above.

The original entrance had distinctive dark timber antique panelling throughout. During the project, the contractor’s carpenters painstakingly removed, adapted and reinstalled the panelling in the refurbished corridor

The result is an impressive entrance hall in which to greet visitors, and improved office work spaces for staff. Staff at Denbigh, which is consistently rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, are delighted with the alterations.

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Summer is a Hive of Activity at Denbigh High School

Friday, August 5th, 2016
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Sections of the modular classroom are lifted into place

Denbigh High School in Luton has commissioned a number of different construction and improvement projects to take place, and builders are making the most of the six week summer holiday to make good progress. The School has an impressive main building which dates from the 1930s, but consequently it does need an ongoing programme of maintenance and development.

PCMS is currently managing four separate schemes: a refurbishment of the main entrance, an extension to the administration block, a new two-classroom modular unit and finally an extension to the front car park. Regular site visits are made to check on progress and answer any technical questions that the builders may have encountered.

Works are scheduled to be completed by the start of the new term in September, although the admin block project will take longer to finish due to its scale and complexity. We are looking forward to seeing the finished projects put to good use shortly.

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Installation of the block and beam floor for the Administration block extension

Car Park Extension at Denbigh High School

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

IMG_3781 Cropped & ResizedIn the latest in a series of projects that PCMS Design have been working on for Denbigh High School, we have recently secured planning permission from Luton Borough Council for an extension to the school’s main car park.

There is currently a shortage of adequate on-site parking for staff and visitors, and the extension will add a total of 14 new spaces in marked out bays, two of which will be suitable for disabled parking. Landscaping will be done sensitively so as to maintain the appearance of the school’s distinctive frontage.

The school management team is looking forward to appointing a contractor to carry out the works over the summer holidays, so that disruption to daily operation will be minimised.