Denmark Road High School, Gloucester

Denmark Road High School, a leading girls’ grammar school in Gloucester, suffered from a chronic lack of space in its canteen area. The school had previously submitted a funding bid to cover a new dining hall and drama studio, but when this was not granted a solution was still urgently required to provide additional dining space.

The Streetspace project team recommended a ZONE Glazed Building Extension which would create the space needed at a fraction of the cost of a traditional new build. With a footprint of 18.5m x 8.0m, the project was delivered at a third of the £750,000 price tag for the school’s previous proposal.

The completed project has a stunning roof design that incorporates additional high-level glazing, flooding the space with natural light. An air-source heat pump system provides heating and cooling to maintain a comfortable temperature in any weather. The space has proved extremely versatile and is used for a range of other purposes including assemblies, break out space and parent evenings.

School Site Manager Chris Brown said: “Denmark Road High School suffered from a lack of space in the canteen area. After our funding bid was unsuccessful, we sought an alternative solution on a smaller budget and Streetspace provided just that. We opted for a glazed building extension that made use of space in front of two adjoining traditional build structures – the design was just right, providing us with a light atmosphere.”

To minimise disruption, works commenced as soon as the school’s public examinations were complete in July, with all works complete and the area ready for use when students returned in September. Chris commented: “Streetspace did a great job and completed on time. The results have not only resolved the school’s dining space issues, giving students more space to sit and eat, but the building also looks great – creating a real wow factor! Streetspace offered a great service and value for money – I would highly recommend them.”