We are proud to announce that we have been awarded a commendation in the Cheltenham Civic Awards in the category of ‘The restoration of a building or structure’ for the recent developments to our Library, Theatre and Drama spaces.
The judges reported; “ The restoration of the Library, Theatre and creation of a Green Room acknowledges the past but brings the school facilities into the twenty-first century. The innovative work provides flexible accommodation so that they can have multiple uses; in the Library the wall mounted book cases have been kept but the peninsular ones have been replaced by mobile units and the Theatre now has a retractable seating system. The floors of both locations have been reinforced, new lighting in the Library has maintained the same cross sectional area of the former chandeliers and in the Concert Hall, additional panelling created. A Green Room has been developed from a former store room where during the refurbishment an 1850s frieze was discovered and this has been renovated to form a striking feature.”
Headmaster Dr Alex Peterken commented: "We are delighted to receive this commendation. Our heritage is extremely important to us and blending this sensitively with a contemporary design was fundamental to the whole building project. The result is a range of faciliites which not only look stunning but which give both current and future students access to modern technology and an ideal environment for their studies. Out of the £1.5 million project, over £1.28 million was raised through charitable giving, including one exceptional donation of £676, 000 from a former pupil. Without such gifts and generosity, realising the potential of our vision would simply not be possible."
Further details can be found here: http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Architectural-excellence-honoured-Cheltenham/story-18298956-detail/story.html#axzz2Mltq0gDA