Uppingham School plans £15m science block

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UPPINGHAM School hopes to build a new £15m science block on the site of its old sports centre.

Plans have been submitted to Rutland County Council for approval in the latest phase of the school’s “western quad” development.

Bursar Stephen Taylor hopes the building will make a significant difference to the school’s science department.

He said: “The building will represent our vision for the future of teaching science. It will have cutting edge facilities to enthuse our pupils to study the subject.

“In addition this building will definitely enhance the view along Stockerston Road because its design will be infinitely better than the old sports hall which was demolished last year.”

The building will be based around a grassy open space and will include a lecture theatre and buttery area for pupils to buy snacks.

The work is expected to cost about £15m and if permission is granted, it will start as soon as funding is secured.

Mr Taylor said the current science block, situated near Leicester Road, will remain as it is but may be subject to development in the future.