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  Investing in the future
New £5.5m boarding house
Head Master of Rugby School, Peter Green, led the ground- breaking ceremony to launch construction of the School’s new £5.5m boarding house.
The 2465 sq m development is being built next to the School’s sixth form Collingwood Centre on Barby Road and will be the School’s  rst newly created boarding house since the 1930s.
Three storeys high, it will
provide 60 en-suite pupil
rooms, accommodation for the housemaster, assistant housemaster and matron, a main dining- room on the ground  oor as well as communal spaces.
Special architectural features are the secluded rooftop terrace and a double-height atrium, within the heart of the development,
to provide  exible spaces for socialising and study.
The sustainable building will be  tted with advanced, off-site manufactured bathroom pods with en-suite facilities, and use carbon- saving green technology with energy –ef cient boilers and solar photovoltaic panels.
Scheduled for completion in
early 2019, the project marks the  rst phase of the School’s major refurbishment programme to invest in the improvement of all its existing boarding house buildings.
Creative arts centre
Work has started on a £6 million project to construct a new state- of-the-art creative arts centre for Sherborne Girls, Dorset.
The new arts centre will draw in musicians and audiences from beyond the immediate school community which will allow
for the staging of professional productions. It will transform
both practice and performance; providing  exible, high-quality recital space, sound proofed practice rooms and fully equipped recording studios. The centre will ‘sit low’ on the campus, as the site slopes southwards, ensuring that
glorious views to the hills from the existing buildings will not be lost.
The Arts Centre will be housed in a timber framed building which will provide new facilities for Music, and a new home for Drama in the converted existing Music School.
It will also create a physical link
to the school’s Art Department. Joining all three departments will be a generous foyer, providing prominent display space for art and a central meeting place for the whole school community.
The build programme is expected to complete in Spring 2019.
 Largest ever fundraising campaign for £8.4m centre
Epsom College, Surrey, has revealed ambitious plans for a new £8.4 million centre to transform the educational experience of its pupils, with particular focus on the Sixth Form.
The plans come in response to a period of signi cant growth for the College, which has seen a
28% increase in pupil numbers since 2004. Today, Epsom teaches 890 girls and boys.
“Among this positive growth and strong sense of community, the College lacks one essential space: a co-educational space for pupils to come together, particularly in the Sixth Form,” said Jay Piggot, Headmaster.
Epsom’s vision is to provide much-needed space for academic and cultural enrichment, with seminar rooms, discussion pods and a large study area. The space also features a screening room and a lecture theatre that can accommodate up to 190 students.
Located at the heart of the campus, and spread over 2,000sqm, the new building will equip students with the skills to succeed in the 21st Century. The new facility, and the additional support it provides, will foster
a seamless transition into undergraduate life. Central to this aim is a state-of-the-art careers centre, supported by interview practice rooms.
The Mermaid will also provide students with a much-needed co-educational space for social interaction, relaxation and culture. It will house Epsom’s
programme of arts, culture, debates and performances. The café will double as a gallery space, celebrating students’ art and photography.
To bring this project to life requires the biggest fundraising campaign undertaken since the College was founded in 1855. The Education Trust has raised in the region of £2.5 million in pledges from OEs (Old Epsomians), parents and friends of the school as part of the campaign’s ‘quiet phase,’ largely through the naming of some of the Centre’s various rooms and facilities. The College will contribute a further £2.4million, and a fundraising campaign will raise the remaining sum via a series of fun events, celebrations and challenges
to engage the whole Epsom community.
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