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Ratcliffe College, Preparatory School, Leicester

Ratcliffe College invested £4.5m in a new, state-of-the-art building in the safe, secure and beautiful setting of the College’s 200-acre estate in North Leicestershire on the A46.

As part of the new building, twelve classrooms are located over two floors, as well as a dedicated technology and languages centre, science and food technology laboratory, arts and crafts room, performing arts centre, library and central assembly hall for the young pupils.

The new building has been developed to be sympathetic to the original school building, opened in 1847, which itself was designed by the famous architect of the Houses of Parliament, Augustus Pugin – whose descendant, David Franklin, is coincidentally the architect of today’s splendid building! Ratcliffe College Preparatory School, like the original College, has been designed around a ‘Quad’, ensuring that the new classrooms are bathed in natural light.

HRH Duke of Gloucester came to officially open the Preparatory School. Ratcliffe College’s Catholic ethos is at the centre of all that they do at the Preparatory School, enabling the children to feel valued, safe and secure; inspiring them with a passion for learning and a heart for caring for each other.

The College’s Preparatory School, which was crowned Building of the Year by the Charnwood Borough Council in 2015, was created to accommodate an increasing number of students aged between 3 and 11 and provide them a unique, modern environment in which to learn and grow.

Planning has now been granted for Ratcliffe College’s brand-new second sports hall, which will provide modern and spacious facilities for students throughout the College.

The 1,460 sq m sports hall is the second sports hall at Ratcliffe College and will enable the College, in particular the Preparatory School, to develop further its growing reputation for sporting excellence.

The sports hall is expected to be completed in September 2019, and will be equipped with a function room for hosting match teas, changing facilities and a viewing gallery.

Role

  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

Client

Ratcliffe College

Contractor

Pure Construction

Architect

Franklin Ellis Architects

Project Description

Ratcliffe College invested in a new, state-of-the-art building for children aged 3-11 years, in the safe, secure and beautiful setting of the College’s 200-acre estate in North Leicestershire on the A46.

Value

£4.5M

Completion

September 2014

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