Case Study: Eton College, Berkshire

17 Jun 2015 Category:  Projects

Case Study: Eton College, Berkshire

Case Study: Eton

Blackwell Projects were recently awarded the contract to refit the principle kitchens at Eton College, Berkshire.

The works were carried out during term time, so we provided temporary kitchens in order that the smooth running of the catering was not disrupted. The contract involved major structural alterations and the safe removal of asbestos.


EtonFounded in 1440 by King Henry VI, Eton enjoys a reputation as one of the most famous public schools in the world. A stream of influential individuals have passed through its gates over the course of its history, from aristocracy and royalty to nineteen of Britain’s prime ministers, leading to its traditional titles as “the chief nurse of England’s statesmen”.

The Good Schools Guide called the school “the number one boys’ public school,” adding, “The teaching and facilities are second to none.”

When these facilities needed renovating, we are proud to say that Eton approached us, to carry out the contract.

Why do you think Eton approached you for this contract?

Our high-quality, client-focused projects have earned us a reputation as leaders in the construction industry. Every project is managed closely, drawing together specialists from different trades in order to bring our bespoke finishes to life. We are certain our meticulous standards met Eton’s expectations of quality.

What were your initial responses to the proposed project?

We were delighted to have been invited to tender. Eton’s reputation is outstanding and its quality values marry closely with our own. We were thrilled to work for such a prestigious establishment, steeped in national history.

What were the biggest challenges?

The biggest challenges were working round a fully functioning live kitchen. Because the works were carried out during term time, it was not an option to stop their catering facilities. To this end, we provided temporary kitchens in order to keep Eton’s catering services running smoothly and uninterrupted while carrying out our construction works.

The discovery of asbestos also represented a challenge. Given the nature of the material, we were required to manage the discovery sensitively and securely, in order to keep our workers safe and adhere with asbestos law. Despite this setback, we handled the task professionally, successfully disposing of the asbestos before continuing with our work.

How satisfied were Eton with your service, and how satisfied were they with the finished kitchens?

Eton were very satisfied with our works. The kitchens are a strong example of the quality finish and industry-leading standards we strive for, meeting both Eton’s and our own high expectations. We have since carried out further works on Queen’s Eyot Island and been invited to tender for works in the future.

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