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Sir Peter Squire Memorial Pavilion Takes Shape

Louis Tuson MBE, School Bursar gives an update on Old House plans, the Pavilion and repairs to the Memorial Hall
New changing blocks adjacent to the pavilion
New changing blocks adjacent to the pavilion

Sir Peter Squire Memorial Pavilion

The pavilion project is causing a great deal of excitement and, despite incessant rain which has delayed the bricklaying through the autumn, the build is now moving along well.  The site will consist of a revitalised and much improved pavilion, teamed sympathetically with a new building which will house changing rooms and showers.  The existing pavilion will be much improved, including a hospitality suite to welcome Old Brutonians and visitors back to the School to continue to enjoy the sport which is such an essential part of our school.

With the new building’s outline in place it is clear how it will interact with the revitalised pavilion and provide an outstanding facility worthy of a School with King’s Bruton’s sporting success.  The contractor is still confident of completing by the end of March 2023 which will mean we will be ready for the Summer Term.  I look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to enjoy The Sir Peter Squire Memorial Pavilion next summer!

Update on Old House

Detailed plans are being developed to refurbish Old House to enable it to offer essential facilities at the heart of the School.  The Health Centre will occupy a proportion of the building offering a fully rounded welfare facility covering all aspects of health and wellbeing for our pupils appropriate to the 21st Century, right in the centre of the School rather than an afterthought on the periphery.  As well as the staff room, Old House will also host the School shop so, at the start of their journey at King’s, parents can see where it all started and gain a sense of the history and tradition of the community they are joining.  This will sit alongside the archive where we will continue to ensure that history is captured and recorded for future generations.

Memorial Hall Repairs

The Summer Holiday is our opportunity to carry out vital work on the estate to ensure the school can run flawlessly during the Term.  The Memorial Hall was completed just over 100 years ago and has seen generations of Brutonians through its doors.  A few cracks in the masonry alerted us to the need for a thorough inspection to make sure there was nothing more serious going on.  A thorough professional survey revealed that the building’s structural design was cutting edge for its time, with slender components which would not have been possible a few years earlier.  Consequently there has been some movement, but nothing that could not be rectified with some concealed pins in the correct areas.  Having been cloaked in scaffolding for a few weeks the Memorial Hall has emerged looking better than it has in years, with crumbling stonework replaced, refurbished windows and all joints and the roof attended to.  We will return next summer to tackle the east face, and then the Hall will be ready to take on the next 100 years, and the thousands of pupils, staff and parents who will pass through its doors and in turn be affected by the history it represents.

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