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Setting the stage for pupils’ performances at Stamford Endowed Schools

Work starts on the new performing arts centre at Stamford School. From left, Colin Moore of Stepnell, Stamford Endowed Schools principal Stephen Roberts, bursar Simon Piggott, Patrick Boyle of Stepnell (kneeling), Stamford School headmaster Will Phelan, William Assheton of GSS Architecture, school estates manager Jason Robb and Paul Harkin of GSS Architecture

Work starts on the new performing arts centre at Stamford School. From left, Colin Moore of Stepnell, Stamford Endowed Schools principal Stephen Roberts, bursar Simon Piggott, Patrick Boyle of Stepnell (kneeling), Stamford School headmaster Will Phelan, William Assheton of GSS Architecture, school estates manager Jason Robb and Paul Harkin of GSS Architecture

 

Work to transform a former school gym into a contemporary performing arts centre for pupils has now begun.

Contractors from Rugby-based Stepnell have moved into the Stamford School site in East Street.

The project, drawn up by GSS Architecture, will turn the school’s old gym into a centre comprising classrooms and a recording studio.

The school hall will also be transformed, with retractable seating added to allow for musical and theatrical performances.

Stamford Endowed Schools principal Stephen Roberts said he was delighted to see work begin.

He added: “Music and drama are big parts of the school, as the recent performance of Les Miserables shows.

“The new centre will give pupils more space to show off their talents.”

If all goes to plan pupils should be able to start using the new facilities in November.

William Assheton, a partner at GSS Architecture, has worked with Stamford Endowed Schools on several projects. The most recent is the £6.1m sports centre in Conduit Road, which is now open to public membership.

Mr Assheton said: “The new performing arts centre will offer greatly enhanced spaces for performance, rehearsal and teaching that will provide a wide range of high quality facilities for the pupils.”

As part of the development the car park area will be landscaped, with no parking spaces lost, and the East Street footbridge will be refurbished.

 

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