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Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Work on the new £7m Bolton School Sixth Form Centre, which will sit in the heart of the campus, is well underway and on schedule to be completed in time for the 2013 Autumn Term.
Headmistress of the Girls’ Division at Bolton School, Sue Hincks, said: “We are delighted at the progress of the building and looking forward to welcoming both our own Year 11 students and those girls and boys who join us in the Sixth Form from other schools. This wonderful new Sixth Form Centre, which will be called the Riley Centre, will open in September and will provide students from both Divisions with a hub for social activities and study, allowing us to retain single sex teaching whilst creating an environment in which boys and girls will study and relax together. We are indebted to alumni and friends of the School whose vital financial support has allowed us to realise such an ambitious project which will benefit so many future generations.”
Architecturally, the glass and sandstone elliptical building promises to provide a stunning contrast to the School's Neo-Gothic façade and turrets. The new centre will link to the main building with two-storey glazed walkways. It will provide independence for over 400 Sixth Form students and will include an ICT suite, seminar rooms for project work and tutorial sessions, quiet study areas, a common room, a refectory café area, exhibition space and the main school reception.
The building of the Sixth Form Centre marks the fourth stage in a building programme which has seen the construction of a new Infant School, a new Junior Girls' School and the refurbishment and extension of the Junior Boys' School. The Sixth Form Centre was designed by Cassidy and Ashton Architects and is being built by Seddons.
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