Elliott was commissioned by Harris Federation in association with Capita Symonds to design and build a new two-storey sixth form centre at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, one of 13 sites under the Harris Federation.
The new facility is part of a planned expansion for the Academy to increase accommodation capacity for post-16 education.
The ground floor of the sixth form centre provides 3 classrooms, learning resource centre and a kitchen, dining and café area. The first floor includes a further 6 classrooms, group room and a balcony feature over the dining area. A range of office, toilet and ancillary spaces are provided throughout.
The building is constructed utilising Elliott’s hybrid steel frame and timber panel infill method of construction. The overall design is concentrated around emulating the existing campus with a coursed render to the external façade to match up with the concrete panelling system utilised on existing campus buildings.
A feature Trespa panel base course is provided for stability around the buildings perimeter and there is a large amount of feature curtain walling and glazing. The building also includes a glazed link which provides a seamless connection to the existing campus.
The project was completed within a very tight timescale of 27-weeks required for the new school term.