The redevelopment of recently purchased Perrot Court and its incorporation into Elizabeth College is expected to be finished for the start of the 2022-23 academic year.
Perrot Court was bought by the College for £4.5 million last year and is in the process of being refurbished.
Perrot Court was unveiled to the public in October last year, and since then extensive planning has been carried out to maximise the use of the space, which is set to add 40% more space to the campus.
Pictured: The plans for the College included a hard-landscaped 'learning garden'.
The first physical steps taken so far are the pedestrianisation of the forecourt, with further enhancements in the future being the arrival of some large planters and oversized outdoor games equipment.
Cars were removed from the forecourt on 4 January, with the multi storey carpark at Perrot Court now being used for staff parking.
“We really want to enhance the experience for students,” said College Principal Jenny Palmer.
“It’s great to see a car-free space in front of the main building at Elizabeth College. This area now offers greater recreational space for our students and will be resurfaced and aesthetically improved in stages over the next two years.”
Pictured: The historic main building of Elizabeth College was originally intended to cater for only 150 students - the student body is now more than 500.
The biggest physical change to the campus will be the construction of a bridge linking Perrot Court to the Elizabeth College forecourt.
“It’s allowing us to re-imagine the school,” said Ms Palmer.
The students have been involved throughout, filling in questionnaires and highlighting what’s important to them. The plans for the new campus have included suggestions from the students.
There’ll be new classrooms, an extensive student hub with library and study space, an enlarged sixth form centre and a multi-functional drama studio. The front gates of the college have also been taken away and are being refurbished.
“We’ve only had positive feedback from the school body so far – it’s really exciting," said Mrs Palmer.
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