Charterhouse School, Surrey, is one of the great historic independent schools in England, and amongst the most beautiful, boasting both heritage and culture.
The redevelopment of the school’s sports facilities is progressing well, with phase one of the development now complete. Smith Construction has undertaken a substantial £1.3m contract, with the overall scheme costing in excess of £2m. Smith Construction was recommended for inclusion on the school’s project tender list, due to their 30 years of experience and in-house engineering capabilities. Ken Smith, Managing Director of Smith Construction said ‘The project at Charterhouse is extremely important to us, and having the opportunity to work on such a prestigious and challenging development is tremendous.’
The extensive project is to be completed in three stages; phase one was to install two high quality sand dressed hockey pitches with irrigation, six tennis courts with associated landscaping, and all playing pitches have flood lighting to ensure maximum use. Smith Construction has completed stage one of this extensive project on time and on budget, and the official opening was a huge success. Phase two includes the building of the new pavilion, and phrase three is the extension and the new car park – these stages are yet to be started.
The development of the facilities was planned two years ago, following extremely generous donations by parents of pupils at the school. The overall design for the state-of-the-art facilities was developed after careful consultation between the sports masters and managers of the Queens Sports Centre, with significant input from the estate bursar and the grounds manager. Estate bursar, Laszlo Dudas, said ‘Smiths’ project and design team had an excellent grasp of what we wanted to achieve here at Charterhouse, right from the start, and they provided a very competitive tender, with cost effective solutions to our specific design needs. They provided the final pitch and court construction designs, along with technical calculations for the sustainable site drainage scheme. They also appreciated the very sensitive nature of construction on a heritage site, and they appreciate that conservation is very important to us. Smith Construction’s team carried out sensitive enabling works and tree protection before anything else could be started, and they worked with us to satisfy 37 planning conditions.’
To mark the official opening, over one hundred students, parents and friends, who have been associated with hockey throughout the year, joined the Headmaster for a celebratory lunch. There was a small inauguration ceremony held at the side of the pitch, which was followed by two fiercely contested opening matches which pitted two Old Boys’ teams against the current school 1st XI and U16A teams, showcasing these fantastic new facilities for the first time. The players and visitors reported, ‘The pitches played beautifully and looked superb.’