In 2008, the UWCSEA Board of Governors approved a multi-year redevelopment master plan for Dover Campus, in order to ensure that the College facilities meet the standards necessary for the staff to deliver a high-quality education. The new capital expenditure provided for much-needed additional classroom facilities, and was a necessary commitment to continuous improvement of the physical facilities.
The whole programme was carefully designed so that each phase could be carried out independently of subsequent phases, and without the expense of temporary buildings. During the plan, it became necessary to change the timeline on some of the planned works. For example, the refurbishment of the Humanities Block was brought forward to Phase 2 in order to coincide with the opening of the adjacent Middle School building.
Throughout the programme of works, we have done our utmost to minimize the disruption to students and ensure that all works are carried out with their safety and well-being in mind. Each phase has been planned so that maximum use can be made of the holiday periods for work which will be particularly noisy, and much of the other major construction work was undertaken at night.
The fourth and final major phase of the Dover Campus redevelopment is the construction of the new High School building. It will be constructed on the site of the current Languages Block, Small Hall and existing High School offices.
The new High School building will be a significant enhancement to the Dover Campus facilities. It is planned that it will house the High School offices, a new library, resource and study centre, five new Drama studios as well as support services such as university advising and counselling. In addition, it will have a new exam hall, 14 classrooms and other flexible spaces for teaching, school events and conferences.
Central administration functions such as admissions, alumni relations, the UWCSEA Foundation, finance and human resources will also be situated in the building.
December 2013 - January 2014
Realignment of the road through the campus to ensure student safety and support the safe movement of construction material through the campus.
January - April 2014
Demolition of buildings, and excavation of site. Approximately 30,000m3 of earth will be removed from the site - around 5,000 truck loads!
Laying of foundation. Around 6,000m3 of concrete will be poured into the raft foundation in a single continuous pour. It will take around 25 hours to do the pour, with 240m3 of concrete being pumped every hour using four concrete pumps, which will empty two trucks every 10 minutes!
May - November 2014
Structural works, taking building super-structure from sub-basement to roof-level.
November 2014 - June 2015
Architectural and mechanical engineering works to complete building interior, with additional external works.
June - August 2015
Testing and commissioning. Building targeted to be ready to move at the start of the 2015/2016 academic year.
Phase 3 (completed December 2013)
The long-overdue refurbishment of Maths Block was completed in December 2013, and re-opens to students in Term 2 of the 2013/2014 academic year. The building will house the High School Offices including the University Advising Department, Examinations Office and Service Office while Phase 4 High School building is under construction. The original building traced its origins back to the opening of the College in its original guise as the St John's Army School in 1964.
Canteen extension - an additional 300-400 seats for students were added by creating a two-level dining area near the Pavilion Canteen.
Ayer Rajah field - converted to astroturf to facilitate a year-round physical education and sports programmes
Phase 2 (complete)
The Middle School is a substantial building that helped to alleviate some of the classroom congestion, and allowed us to continue to redevelop of some of the other buildings. It contains 64 classrooms, the Middle School Office, the College Shop, a multi-purpose hall and a gymnasium. Construction took 14 months, and the classrooms began use in Term 2 of the 2011/2012 academic year. This was built on the site of the original gymnasium, drama and music studios and the 'temporary' Middle School office and classrooms.
As part of the complete refurbishment of the Humanities Block, the Art Department was rejuvenated, and the area in front landscaped. The original pressed-metal ceilings in the Humanities Block were rediscovered and restored in the process.
Phase 1 (complete)
The key to enabling the implementation of the Master Plan was the relocation of the buses so that the campus could remain open throughout the day. In order to achieve this the playing field next to the boarding houses was converted to a two-story building, housing a bus bay on the ground level and large astro-turf playing field on top. The bus bays provide undercover drop off for students, as well as converting to under cover PE instruction and play areas when needed. It also serves as an overflow parking area for cars on high-traffic days such as UN Night.
This work also included the construction of a permanent guardhouse and traffic barriers, and a covered walkway to link the school to Dover Road, which runs from the main gate to Dover Road, and out to the bus stop.
A playground for students in Middle and High School was also installed next to the Ayer Rajah sports field.
The car park in the basement of the Primary Block was converted into classrooms, and the Middle School Office was relocated to this area in preparation for Phase 2.
The ground floor of the Science Block was refurbished to support the Design and Technology curriculum.