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Girls Enjoy New Dining Hall

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

During the Autumn Term, pupils in the Girls’ Division have been enjoying their brand new dining hall and kitchen after an eleven and a half week’s renovation project completed during the summer.

Designed by architectural and planning consultancy practice, Cassidy + Ashton, the £800,000 revamp, delivered by Conlon Construction, included a full refurbishment of the existing 600 sqm facility, providing capacity for a further 270 pupils. 

The work forms part of a multi-phase improvement programme at Bolton School, with Cassidy + Ashton previously designing the new £5m Girls’ Junior School, £5.2m Infants’ School and award-winning £7m Riley Sixth Form Centre, as well as refurbishing and extending the Junior Boys’ School.

“I really like the light and perception of more space it has brought to what was previously a dark, long and thin room,” said Mrs Cathy Fox, Clerk and Treasurer at Bolton School.

Lawrence McBurney, associate architect at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “The aim was to make best use of the space and refurbish to a high standard. The end result is the provision of a better dining experience for both pupils and staff.”

“It has been a pleasure working with Bolton School once again, with the project not only building on our excellent education credentials but forming a greater lasting legacy between the practice and the independent school.”

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, added: “Bolton School is one of the most well-known and highly respected schools in the North West. That, along with the heritage of the buildings and fixed-time constraints, made this one of the most challenging yet prestigious school projects we have delivered.

Pupils moved into the new girls’ dining hall on the first day of the autumn term and JP Commercial Kitchens supplied the catering and refrigeration equipment.  

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Headmistress Miss Hincks and pupils thank Conlons and Cassidy and Ashton for delivering the project on time

Headmistress Miss Hincks and pupils thank Conlons and Cassidy and Ashton for delivering the project on time

Sixth Formers make use of the new facility during their morning break