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The school occupies almost the entire width of the site, but along the western edge a cluster of huts and temporary classrooms had accumulated alongside the stage end of the school hall, and changing rooms.
The expanding curriculum in performing arts and dance demanded better facilities, and by careful planning it was possible to insert a new dance/drama studio into the ragged edge of buildings.
The new studio provides a space with superb lighting- and sound-systems which is used by not only the students of St. Gregory’s, but also those from other schools, including those with Special Educational Needs.
The height of the main hall allowed the insertion of a teaching balcony without any interruption to the overall form of the building, and the provision of a separate entrance lobby permits use of this facility outside normal school hours, and is fully accessible.
Emerys were chosen as main contractor following a restricted competitive tender, and completed the work in 28 weeks with a JCT 98 Intermediate Form of Contract.
The internal colour scheme was developed with rich colours but dark walls, to generate atmosphere rather than a more neutral ‘black box’. A local stained-glass designer inserted a new contemporary window between the existing hall lobby and the new entrance, providing an illuminated decoration viewable from either side.
St. Gregory’s Catholic College, Bath
Emerys of Bath
The Hookway Partnership LLP, Bristol
P. A. Squibbs Associates, Cullompton
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