In 2014 Dover Grammar School for Boys (DGSB) made a successful application to the Priority SchoolsBuilding Programme 2 (PSBP2). The main building on the site was identified as ‘successful’ in being considered for replacement due it being life expired and in a poor condition.
A feasibility study was undertaken to reach agreement on a viable control option for the building that demonstrates value for money and would lead on to developing the design to enable a Planning Applicationto be made.
The outcome of this appraisal was a recommendation for the construction of a whole new school building, followed by the demolition of the existing school buildings.
The key reasons behind this decision included:
- Entirely new facilities designed to current teaching standards.
- Capacity to expand in the future.
- Design life of 40-60 years.
- Significantly reduced lifetime maintenance costs for the school.
- Improved parking and pupil transport issues.
- Enhanced teaching and learning spaces of a size that can accommodate a full class.
- Allow the school flexibility to adapt to accommodate future changes to the curriculum.
- A very energy efficient building resulting in a reduced carbon footprint and reduced running costs.
- Due to the condition of the existing buildings doing nothing is not a viable option.