Update: Lighting scheme work is expected to be completed in early September, ahead of the new school term while the majority of the refurbishment works are part of an ongoing program of works to buildings across the school over the next few years.
Midlands-based Franklin Ellis Architects has announced the commencement of refurbishment works on the Grade II Pears School Hall at Repton School in the village of Repton in Derbyshire.
The refurbishment aims to give the building a facelift, making the building suitable for a wide range of uses, while retaining and enriching many of its impressive features.
Franklin Ellis Architects Associate Partner, Jon Crabb, said: “Repton School has a rich and long history and Pears School Hall is an intrinsic part of the school heritage. It is a beautiful building that deserves modernisation, bringing it in line with the other fantastic buildings and facilities at the school.
“We’re very pleased that works are starting imminently with the lighting making an immediate and vital change to the experience of the building. We look forward to seeing the site progress.”
Founded in 1557, Repton School is an independent school which houses 640 pupils aged 13 to 18 years olf and comprises of ten boarding houses.
Pears School Hall was originally built-in 1886 within the ruins of an Augustinian Priory to commemorate the school’s second founder, Steuart Adolphus Pears.
Franklin Ellis Architects’ refurbishment targets the later additions to the building from the 1950s, including removing the permanent stage and replacing the outdated kitchen facilities.
Mark Semmence, Headmaster at Repton School, said: “We’re delighted to see works starting on Pears School Hall. The building is very significant to the school, and it will be wonderful to see it thoughtfully refreshed with the addition of modern facilities.
“We very much look forward to the benefits the hall will now provide for both the pupils, the school and the wider community.”