Dining Room Project
Taunton School is to build a state-of-the-art dining hall with a large modern kitchen to accommodate their whole school community. The light and spacious facility will provide a welcoming environment for pupils to enjoy their meals and will act as a central hub for dining in the heart of the historic school.
The current kitchens and dining halls within the listed main building were designed for fewer students than the number now on campus. The existing dining hall and kitchen areas will be reconfigured to provide a new Sixth Form Centre and teaching facilities.
Building work will begin in July 2019 with completion expected by spring 2020. The new dining hall will cater for 1600 covers and seat up to 400 people at any one time. Sustainable materials will be used together with the latest technology in lighting, acoustic materials and audio visual equipment. The building will enjoy a view over a green central space, bringing all aspects of the school together, while maintaining and improving the integrity of the Grade II listed main school and incorporating the architecture into the design and build.
Headmaster, Lee Glaser, said of the project, “We believe that what happens at mealtimes impacts powerfully on the rest of the day. We are creating a facility that will welcome our students and staff in one beautifully designed space.
“This project has taken several years of planning and consultation and we are delighted that is now coming to fruition. We are aiming for minimal disruption by completing the majority of the work during the summer holidays and we are looking to deliver an outstanding facility on budget and on time.”
Award winning architects Wotton and Donoghue have been commissioned to design the build and following a robust tender process, the South West firm C G Fry & Son Builders were appointed, to carry out the work.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What arrangements will be in place to manage the safe movement of construction traffic during the project?
We take the safety and wellbeing of our pupils, staff, parents and all other visitors to the site very seriously. During this project the contractor, CG Fry, has their own appointed H&S officer who will work alongside our own H&S Co-ordinator Ruth Ryan to manage the safe movement of vehicles on site. As part of this process, timings for the movement of construction traffic will be controlled so that large vehicles can only access the site during lesson times. They will be marshalled from the school entrance to the school site compound. A full traffic management plan is being produced and will be in place for the duration of the contract. To ease the flow of traffic we will be asking parents to park on Fairwater Green which will have a fair weather surface installed.
One of the key features of the new building is that it is light and airy. Will this be the case in the senior school dining room when the partition doors are closed?
The building has been architecturally designed to make maximum use of daylight. Daylight will enter via a clerestory glazed roof which, when combined with the internal lighting, will ensure the room is well lit at all times.