Cooper Construction won the tender to build our new sports pavilion last Autumn. We asked John Pawson, the RIBA award winning architect, to design it because we wanted a landmark building for such a public site on the school’s campus. The fundamental concept of the pavilion is relatively simple (two changing rooms, a long room, kitchen, lavatories, and circulation space) but, as with all Pawson buildings, the devil and beauty is in the rigorous subtlety of the design – the details of which have continued to be developed during the construction programme.
We chose Andrew Cooper and his team because they quickly understood what our needs were, and shared our passion for getting the building right at a cost we could afford. They have managed the construction superbly: patiently guiding us around the potential pitfalls and dealing with issues as they have arisen. They understand the sensitivities of working in a school and have always been responsive to our particular needs. We are about to take on a beautiful, brilliantly-made building that I am sure will win awards. Cooper Construction has played a massive part in the success of the project.
Are we on time and on budget? Not quite on either count: but the pavilion will be completed by the start of the Autumn Term (when we always intended to first use it) and the costs over-run has been due primarily to the developments to the design after construction started, and so is not down to Cooper Construction who I heartily and sincerely recommend.
If you would like to discuss any aspects of this reference or visit the pavilion, please call me on 01865 319321.
Stephen Withers Green
St Edward’s School, Oxford