Plans unveiled for new Ipswich school

AN ambitious vision of a new £3.8million state of the art home for Ipswich Preparatory School has been unveiled.The new school, which will open its doors in 2006, is set to be built on land next to the nursery and pre-prep department of Ipswich Prep School, in Ivry Street.

AN ambitious vision of a new £3.8million state of the art home for Ipswich Preparatory School has been unveiled.

The new school, which will open its doors in 2006, is set to be built on land next to the nursery and pre-prep department of Ipswich Prep School, in Ivry Street.

Along with eight classrooms, a multi-use hall for assemblies, indoor sports, music and drama, it will also have art and design departments and an information and communications technology suite.

The innovative design of the building, by Ipswich-based chartered building surveyors, Bret Hallworth and Co Ltd, incorporates open decks with canopies which will provide imaginative play areas for the children.


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The decks will also give the building a nautical style appropriate to Ipswich's maritime heritage.

Chairman of the governors, Karl Daniels described the development as a "flagship building".

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He said: "We have always been sensitive to the fact that the school is in north Ipswich, which is a conservation area, and we are confident that the new school will be a significant contribution to the town's architectural heritage.

"We have consulted extensively with local residents and with Ipswich Borough Council during the planning phase of the project, and will continue to do so during the building phase."

The move to the new school will free up the existing buildings in Henley Road which will be redeveloped to create a sixth form studies centre for Ipswich School.

The centre will also house the school's international leadership programme.

Mr Daniels said the project reflects a commitment to continuos improvement in all areas of school life and to providing 21st century facilities for all the pupils.

Ipswich Prep School headteacher Jenny Jones said: "This is a very exciting project. We are confident that the new building will be a tremendous asset not only to Ipswich Preparatory School and Ipswich School, but to the wider community of which we are part."

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