Building work on a new state-of-the-art three-storey classroom block at Oakham School has begun.
The 33,200 sq ft facility in Station Road will house the geography, philosophy and religious studies depart-ments and will be used by more than 1,000 pupils.
The building will be integrated into the current Merton classroom block, which will provide a central hub for all of the school’s languages and humanities subjects.
The project has been designed by GSSArchitecture, which originally designed the Merton classroom block 24 years ago.
The second phase will create a new business school, which will house business studies, economics and politics.
GSSArchitecture part-ner David Allsop, said: “The building will provide contemporary state-of-the-art business facilities, and multi-function break-out spaces for individual and group-based learning.
“We look forward to seeing this phase in the school’s development take shape over the coming year.”
The school was given planning permission by Rutland County Council to start the work in February last year.
The development should be ready for pupils by early next year. The school was unable to tell the Mercury had much the work will cost.
Oakham School bursar Annika Hedrich-Wiggans, who is overseeing the construction, was delighted work had started.
She said: “It is an incredibly busy time for new developments at Oakham.
“This is just one of our exciting major develop-ments. As well as these new classrooms, we are also currently building a new sports pavilion and working on plans for our new music school.”
Before work could commence, archaeologists excavated the site.
Their work revealed a medieval fishpond which would have been managed as part of the Oakham Castle estate.
Preserved wooden fishing net pegs were recovered along with animal bones and pottery shards dating from the late Saxon to early modern periods, indicating that the site has been continuously in use throughout Oakham’s history.