19th November 2020 — Homefield Prep’s new teaching wing was enthusiastically welcomed by boys and staff returning from the Autumn half term break. The official opening of 14 new classrooms, all with integrated learning walls providing cutting edge facilities to enable the best teaching and learning, came as the first part of the highly anticipated £8 million redevelopment of the existing school site. Boys at Homefield were so excited to return to school, a Year 2 pupil even described the new classroom block as “a luxury hotel”!
Now that the decant has taken place into the new classroom block, the front of the old school will be demolished to allow a new kitchen and dining facility with a separate 300 seat performance hall. This whole development programme will help in building a world class campus and provide the school with versatile and practical spaces for the school’s highly regarded drama and music departments and for the wider local community, as well as new teaching accommodation and improved circulation around the school. Homefield Prep caters for boys aged 4-13 and these amazing new facilities will allow them to continue to push the boundaries of their educational and extra-curricular capabilities and will stand the school in good stead for the school’s next 150 years.
The purpose engineered complex has been planned over 3 years and draws on the latest in architectural design. The buildings themselves have a low-energy passive heating and ventilation system, photo-voltaic cells, a green roof and have been designed to comply with the highest level of sustainability standards.
Mr John Towers, Headmaster at Homefield Prep explained: “The whole project was developed on the proviso that the School needed to remain a working entity throughout the build, with as little disruption to the daily school routine as possible”.
This has meant that the first part of the school’s redevelopment plan has been to build the new teaching block on a section of the playing fields. Now the new classrooms are in use, the old classrooms can be demolished to allow for the new kitchen, which when operational, will allow for the old kitchen and hall to be developed into the new reception and administrative area. The final phase will see the removal of a 1980s standalone building to make space for a MUGA and help increase the overall greenspace of the school by 10%. Architects, Ingleton Wood, have been instrumental in working with the school to achieve their vision and the multi-disciplinary approach taken has helped support the construction company, Diamond Build to bring this fantastic vision to reality.