Weald of Kent Grammar School
Wednesday February 5, 2020

Weald of Kent Grammar School

Case Studies

SRD Projects works on a range of permanent installations, with one particular specialty being schools and other educational establishments. 

In late 2017, Weald of Kent Grammar School opened a new multi-million pound annexe building at its Sevenoaks site, which included a new school hall and a lecture theatre/drama space, both in need of quality technical infrastructure for presentations, events and performances.  

The Weald of Kent team had worked with SRD previously on the school’s sports hall and commented: “We came back to them because we know they are determined to make sure the install is the best it can be, and where there are inevitable snags are keen to rapidly correct them.” 

As with every SRD Project, support and guidance wasn’t just limited to the install itself. The school worked closely with SRD from the outset, looking at plans and taking advice on how best to equip the new spaces. 

“It was clear to us that we needed a good sound system for presentations and a lighting set up for performances but in terms of specification of this, SRD were able to advise us clearly on the options available and the benefits/drawbacks of each,” continued Weald of Kent. “For the school it was especially difficult to visualise the need as we were still working from building plans and did not gain access to the school until a few weeks before we opened and therefore SRD’s guidance was invaluable.” 

The school hall was double-storey and the finished article would have a full lighting rig and sound system in addition to tiered seating for up to 250 people. In addition to being a fantastic space for the school’s use, it could also be made available to rent as a conference space.  

As soon as the building was ready to be accessed the SRD team was ready too, preparing the spaces for the opening and on hand to support the school team with getting to grips with the new system, including providing appropriate training to staff and technicians. 

“The installation is far better than we expected providing simplistic controls for teaching staff and hirers but with sophisticated controls which can be adjusted by our technical support team in school. Staff like the equipment and have commented on how easy it is for them to use,” concluded the school.  

If you’re interested in learning more about SRD’s work on schools and educational facilities, including exterior building lighting, get in touch on projects@srdgroup.co.uk or call 01732 771144.