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Case Study

harrow college

Project Brief

Harrow College


Harrow College is the largest college in the London Borough of Harrow. Harrow College opened in 1999 following a merger of two former local colleges. More than 2,500 full-time and 7,000 part-time students join Harrow College for sixth form and adult courses. The College thrives upon the delivery of academic and vocational courses.

Harrow College Turnkey Project

Science is a very popular area of study at Harrow and their students have high achievement rates. The students benefit from fully equipped science labs at the Harrow on the Hill and Harrow Weald campuses for Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses.  In 2014 Harrow College completed the replacement of nine science laboratories across both campuses as part of a £1.5million investment.

A turnkey refurbishment of two laboratories and a prep room was carried our for Harrow College. Alongside the classrooms, refurbishment of additional store room and storage furniture in the corridors was also provided as part of the project.

This was an extensive program of works which included full strip out of existing facilities, building works to the rooms and a new ceiling. All walls and areas were made good prior to decoration and installation of new flooring.

The college wanted a modern yet traditional look at the same time, the furniture was produced in a maple melamine finish to give an appearance of a more traditional wood finish and the worktops were produced using laboratory grade Trespa TopLab Base 16mm. The chosen layout for the classrooms was the science classroom wing system from InterFocus.

The project comprised of;

  • Project management provided throughout the project
  • Strip out existing classroom and services
  • Small building works were carried to change doorways and run new services in the floor
  • Supply and fit new blinds to windows
  • Install modern energy efficient lighting
  • New suspended ceilings fitted
  • Laboratory grade flooring was supplied and installed
  • A complete plumbing installation including new waste, water and gas installations.
  • All the rooms were fully decorated after main works were complete and prior to installation of the new furniture.
  • The wing system was chosen as the main classroom teaching layout, giving the pupils and teachers alike more working space. Storage was key in this project, to maximise storage glass fronted wall cupboards were installed through out the rooms.
  • New Electrics and Data connections were installed in the benches and around the perimeter of the classroom.