Work has begun on the construction of a new boarding house development at Rugby School, one of the oldest independent schools in Britain, at a ground-breaking ceremony on Monday, 13th November 2017. The £5.5m project is part of an 8 phase refurbishment of the school’s existing boarding facilities.
The 2465 sqm development will provide bedrooms for 60 pupils, large communal rooms and a main dining room on the ground floor that caters for both students and staff. Suitably placed accommodation for the key staff in bookend locations will ensure lower age groups are located close to staff for help and support if required. The facilities have also been designed to include a secluded rooftop terrace and a double-height atrium, within the heart of the building, providing flexible spaces for socialising and study.
GSSArchitecture have been appointed as Architects, Principal Designers and Quantity Surveyors by Rugby School, alongside contractor Stepnell. Working closely with the school to discuss their needs and priorities, GSS have developed the designs for the new boarding house to deliver a high quality living and learning environment.
GSSArchitecture Partner, David Allsop, commented: “We are delighted to have been commissioned as the Architects, Principal Designers, and Quantity Surveyors for this innovative and exciting project. The new boarding house will be the first purpose-built boarding house at Rugby School since 1938 and an emphasis has been placed on creating high quality spaces using robust, long lasting materials to encapsulate the changing needs in society. This will offer one of the first fully single room en-suite facilities for all ages assisting students’ private study as well as preparing them for university life.”
Judith Robinson, Director of Estates at Rugby School said, “It is incredibly exciting to finally be starting on site with the new boarding house after all the work and planning that has gone before. GSS has designed a stunning building that is fitting for Rugby School’s first purpose built building in over 70 years.”
The sustainable boarding house building will incorporate the use of advanced off-site manufactured bathroom pods to provide en-suite facilities that reduce construction time and ensure premium quality. In addition, carbon-saving green technology, including energy – efficient boilers and solar photovoltaic panels will be put in place.
The move away from shared facilities to prepare the students for university life will be setting a very high standard of accommodation for others to follow.