Space to Soar
The Senior School Development
All our developments are planned with a view to creating the right environment to support the exceptional education we provide for our boys here at The Hall.
In November 2016 we applied for planning permission for the most dramatic transformation of the facilities in the senior school since the devastating fire of 1982. The proposal is to replace the existing Centenary building with a completely new construction which will link into the original and historic school.
At the end of January 2018, The Hall received the exciting news that we have been granted planning permission for the Senior School development.
It has been fourteen months since the first application was submitted and over this period we have been working with Camden planning officials through a number of design iterations in order to accommodate feedback from the planners, local interest groups and neighbours. It seems that the quality of the design and the robustness of our case led to the eventual successful approval of the scheme in January.
Since the granting of planning permission in January 2018, we have been working with the design team on refining the original design, considering opportunities for cost reduction and exploring opportunities for remaining on site during the construction. This work has led to the development of a revised design with the double basement being removed from the project. As there has been a modification in the design we will be submitting a minor material amendment application to Camden by February of next year.
At a meeting of the governors in October a decision was taken to plan for the commencement of the project from July 2020.
Although we have had to go through a redesign process, I am confident that the key principles that we set out to achieve are still fundamentally at the core of the accepted design. We have found more space for learning and teaching within our existing footprint and we will have the prospect of an outstanding set of facilities in the not-too-distant future.
The Hall remains one of the few independent preparatory schools in London. We have been able to keep a step ahead of other similar schools and retain our focus on the individual child as a result of this independence. But it does mean that we cannot rely on the financial support of a senior school, a large organisation or indeed an established endowment for a project of this sort.
That is why we need your help.
The investment for the project is around £14 million. The funding will come from a combination of three sources; revenues and accumulated reserves, loan financing and philanthropic support. We need to raise at least £4 million from our community to be able to go ahead with the development.
You can find out more about our plans to provide Room to breathe and Space to Soar by downloading our Case for support The Hall and if you think you can help, please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org