Plans unveiled for new £2.4million Sixth Form centre for The King's School in Gloucester
By James Young | 6th March 2020
Plans for a £2.4million redevelopment that will turn a Grade II*-Listed building into a state-of-the-art 21st century Sixth Form building have been revealed by The King's School.
Designed by Gloucester-based Roberts Limbrick Architects, the plans will turn the current sixth form building into a bright, modern space suitable for the needs and aspirations of students.
Although packed with historic features, the building is currently a warren of small spaces not best suited to modern schooling.
But Roberts Limbricks' clever design will create bright, large and open spaces with separate areas for learning and all-important socialising. The plans also include a café.
It will allow the number of pupils at King's studying for the 28 different A Levels or I BTEC subjects to increase.
As part of the plans, the historic features of the building will be retained, restored and preserved for the benefit of future generations.
The funds required to transform the building have been raised by an innovative sale of bonds to parents, which will generate a 3 per cent annual interest and will be fully repaid in seven years.
Headmaster David Morton said: "Based in the city centre and with excellent academic results, our Sixth Form is becoming an increasingly popular choice for students throughout Gloucestershire.
"This project is a very exciting chapter in the School's long history in Gloucester, which will also see us offering more bursaries and scholarships, and underlines our commitment to ensuring our students receive a first class education in state of the art facilities."
Along with Roberts Limbrick, all the companies on the project are from Gloucestershire, including Town and City Builders, Walker Pritchard Quantity Surveyors and Hydrock Structural Engineers.
Work will start at the beginning of April, to coincide with the Easter holidays, and will be completed by the end of August - ready for the beginning of the new school year in September.
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