Kingston Maurward College is located on the outskirts of Dorchester within the beautiful grounds of a historic Georgian stately house. The college provides a wide range of courses but is primarily concerned with Agricultural skills such as Equine studies, Horticulture and Animal Conservation. With funding procured through the Scape framework, these projects were carried out by construction experts, Kier, working alongside Calcinotto and Dorchester architects A & Q Partnership.
Completed on schedule the Coneygar Centre replaces outdated and cramped facilities with state-of-the-art resources. The new purpose-built teaching facility houses five classrooms, an ICT suite, dog grooming salon, rooms for small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, a specialist aquatic teaching area, offices and welfare facilities. The design incorporates a steel portal frame, structural deck and a composite walling system, clad with Siberian larch timber boarding and a large array of Solar panels on the roof.
Dorset Studio School
This £3.5million purpose-built facility came about from a recent government initiative to provide a network of 44 schools across England to help prepare young people for the workplace. This is achieved by involving employers in all aspects of the school, including forming the curriculum, mentoring and providing work placements.
The aim of the building was to provide a specialist environment for land-based sciences in a vocational and academic format for students between 14 and 19 years old. This project is in partnership with another local education facility — Thomas Hardye School, also located in Dorchester, to provide a range of GCSE’s, A-levels and other vocational qualifications. The building houses several classrooms, an ICT suite, an open plan studio space, a greenhouse and specialist science classrooms to cater for 200 students.