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16 Aug
Added By Sam Woolston

On Friday 16 June 2017, Space Scientist, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, officially opened the highly anticipated Science Centre at an event hosted by Bedford Modern School and attended by the project team, school staff, students and other special guests.

The schools decision to improve their existing teaching facilities and provide students with a new science faculty that exceeds current educational standards came in early 2013 when architects Scott Brownrigg, won a design competition to provide a modern, flexible building that would inspire creativity and promote discussion.

SDC commenced construction of the state-of-the-art centre in October 2015. Situated to the rear of the school grounds and wrapped around a central learning atrium with floors for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, the new three storey facility houses 17 multi-discipline laboratories, each sized to accommodate 24 pupils.

SDC’s Strategic Director, Craig Millar, was thrilled to be working on this project and stated, “SDC was here ten years ago to build the Rutherford Building and are delighted to come back and deliver another exciting project for Bedford Modern School. As a Bedford based company, this has been a tremendous opportunity for SDC, and we look forward to delivering more successful schemes in the future.”

The new centre forms part of Bedford Modern School’s legacy strategy which seeks to provide a more fulfilling learning experience together with the best possible foundation in science, allowing students to achieve even greater academic success.

At the official opening ceremony Headmaster, Michael Hall said: “The Science Centre is by far the most significant capital investment in the School’s history and seeing teachers and students using this exceptional teaching and learning environment this afternoon is wonderful. Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology are already popular subjects at Bedford Modern School and, currently, more than a third of our sixth formers study three sciences, including Maths. Many of these students will go on to study a science-related course at university. This is, in no small part, due to the efforts made by the excellent teaching staff who inspire students of all ages every day and, in this incredible new facility, will continue to inspire countless young scientists for many years to come.”

Teaching in full capacity will commence September 2017.

03 Apr
Added By Sam Woolston

In February 2015, former Prime Minister, David Cameron announced plans to construct one of the UK’s largest innovation centres set within the heart of Cambridge Science Park. With a £4.8m donation from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy  and co-funding from Trinity College, the John Bradfield Centre falls in-line with the Government’s continued commitment to protect and support the world-class research undertaken in East Anglia. 

SDC commenced construction of the prestigious £20m facility in February 2016. Named in honour of Sir John Bradfield, a Senior Bursar at Trinity College who was instrumental in the creation of the Cambridge Science Park, Bradfield saw that establishing links between the University and the technology sector was fundamental to the Science Park’s success, which is now home to more than 5000 entrepreneurs and innovators across 90 companies.

The state-of-the-art three storey building, designed by London based architects Aukett Swanke, covers 3000m2 and is curved to match the geometry of an adjacent lake. Internally, 70 glazed office pods are available to rent, high spec labs and an auditorium, which will be used to host influential speakers and product launches. In addition, the ground floor offers a restaurant, communal networking areas and retail units. 

SDC’s construction team spent considerable time planning, coordinating and maintaining vehicle logistics and material storage, making it one of SDC’s tidiest site’s to-date. The highly anticipated centre is set to open in Spring 2017.


16 Mar
Added By Sam Woolston

On Wednesday 8th March four representative from SDC (Katie Lower, Luke Thomas, Tom Dixon and Sam Keeble) took part in the annual CIOB Novus Bright Student Challenge. The event, held for student members, young professionals and industry newcomers, allows groups of four to take part in a series of tasks, testing their practical skills, creativity and teamwork.


The Great British Iconic ‘Build Off’

The challenge was split into three parts, the first of which was The Great British Iconic ‘Build Off’

The task was to design and build an iconic structure that could withstand a water spray and high wind test, with points being awarded for iconic status, aesthetics, structure, sustainability, planning and height.

The contestants had ten minutes to plan the construction, understand the characteristics of what makes a structure identifiable and ensure its sustainability. During the design stage the team took the concept of reviewing successful buildings around the world such as, The Shard, Gherkin, Lloyds, Burj Khalifa and Eiffel Tower.

Next, the groups were given twenty minutes to construct the design out of the materials provided, which included cardboard, straws, wooden sticks, plastic cups, bottles and other wrapping material.


Quiz & Knowledge Test

The second section of the challenge was a three part quiz, testing the  participants on their knowledge of the CIOB legacy, architectural trivia from around the world and anagrams of words within the construction industry. The final task was to put nine buildings from across the globe in chronological order in which they were constructed.


What is the Construction Industry To You?

The concluding part of the contest was a presentation to the CIOB Board on ‘What is the Construction Industry To You?’. The remit of the demonstration was to create a speech aimed at 13-16 year old's encouraging a career in the construction industry, with the focus being on six key phrases – opportunities, progression, career prospects, knowledge, valuable person, legacy. The teams were give twenty minutes to prepare and present their ideas on the subject.


And the Winner is……..

Following the three challenges, the judging panel presented the SDC team with first place. They will now go on to take part in the final competition held in London on Wednesday 22nd March to compete with other regions throughout the UK to be crowned ‘Novus Bright Futures Champions 2017.’

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