Celebrations as £3.5m new facilities unveiled at Stratford Girls' Grammar School



Students and staff at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School were joined by Stepnell to celebrate the official opening of the Stratford-upon-Avon school’s new £3.5m facilities.

VIP guest, award winning journalist and broadcaster Emma Barnett opened the new Hargreaves building, named after British mountaineer Alison Hargreaves. The new building houses a brand new dining room and kitchen, full size sports hall, fitness suite and changing rooms, drama studio,

classrooms and offices as well as the school’s new look assembly hall which has been comprehensively refurbished.
The single storey and two storey development, designed by Warwick based Brown Matthews architects, was completed on schedule in August 2015, ready for the start of the autumn term, following a year-long programme of construction work by Stepnell.

Headteacher Ms Kate Barnett is delighted with the finished building: “It has been an incredible journey, and watching the school change over the months has been mesmerising.  Now that it is complete, it feels like it’s always been here, completing the circle around the heart of the campus.  We are absolutely thrilled with the finished product and offer grateful thanks for the high level of professionalism and approachability offered by Ian Tomes and the team at Stepnell.”

“Our team is very proud to have helped create this outstanding building and it’s fantastic to see it in use,” says Stepnell contracts manager Paul Charnock. “The leading edge new facilities will be of immense benefit to students and teaching staff.”

Stepnell enjoyed a strong working relationship with the school, with a significant amount of the construction activity carried out during term time.  The construction team organised a number of supervised site visits enabling students to view progress and also created a ‘time capsule’ by inviting students to write messages on windows which were later covered by the building work.

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