Cheam School, near Newbury, was founded in 1645, which gives it the prestigious status of being the oldest private school in the UK. They are also proud owners of two offsite constructed Rollalong modular buildings.
Royals Prince Philip; Duke of Edinburgh, followed later by Prince Charles; Prince of Wales famously attended Cheam School, in the era when only 50 students were on the register. The number of children now attending Cheam School is in excess of 400 and Rollalong have been able to support this growth with the supply of one offsite building in 2006 and now a second building installed in September of 2017.
The location of the 2017 building required the Rollalong Education team to think outside the box as there were a number of challenges, including three very large trees and a sloping site – Consideration of these obstructions led to the use of a novel screw pile solution which combined to provide both tree root protection and level installation on a site with a cross fall of 1000mm +.
The new offsite building consists of two classrooms, plus office / store areas and a small lobby. External elevations are clad in vertically fixed overlapping redwood planking, which fits with the wooded surroundings. To the rear of the building is a full width decking area, accessed via twin double doors from each classroom, which provides an outside learning space.