- By Samantha Langridge
- 10th Jan 2023
What are the Benefits of School Building Refurbishment?
Here at Westcountry Group, we have been providing essential building refurbishments for schools, colleges, and universities across the South West and South East of England for over 45 years. We have worked with every kind of educational establishment from primary and secondary schools, to academies, grammar schools, sixth-form colleges, and more.
In this article, we’re going to discuss the many benefits of refurbishing your school environment and how it can positively impact the lives of your staff and students alike.
A cost-effective alternative to a new build
While the dream for many older schools might be an entirely new building, in practical terms, this just isn’t possible. With school budgets being stretched to the limit across the country, knocking down and rebuilding a school simply isn’t on the cards. A professional school refurbishment puts less financial pressure on your resources, while still delivering significant changes to enhance the school and its performance.
A school refurbishment can totally reinvigorate your educational establishment by giving it better and more modern facilities. From new classroom designs that increase student engagement, to multi-use dining areas that add extra teaching space to your school, to new windows that allow more natural light for the benefit of students and teachers, a high-quality refurbishment can work wonders on any school.
Aside from costing less than a new build, school refurbishments also reduce your running costs over the long term. Many older schools have not had any improvements for decades, meaning they are missing out on energy-efficient windows, insulations, cladding, and more. All of these improvements reduce the amount of fuel needed to keep the school warm, reducing your energy costs in the process. A refurbishment could even include the installation of solar panels to the school roof, for even greater energy savings.
If you’re planning a rebuild, you will need to close off sections of the school for months at a time while work commences, inconveniencing your staff and students. With refurbishment work, this sort of disruption is kept to a minimum. Work can be completed quickly over school holidays or outside of classroom hours. Where working during school hours is unavoidable, any disruption is kept to a minimum, with individual parts of the refurbishment project being completed with speed and precision.
If you’re looking to give your school a new lease of life, contact Westcountry Group today to discuss your particular requirements. Contact the team on 0330 030 0330 to arrange a free consultation or to request a free, no-obligation quote.