News: 31 January 2018Historic Leeds school plans major building improvements

Richmond House School has been supported by our planning consultants in Leeds in developing proposals for a new early years building. 

Led by planning director Stuart Natkus, the application includes a sports and performance hall, and reconfiguration of the existing buildings.

The school, which dates back to 1935, is an independent co-educational preparatory school for children aged 3 to 11 years and has operated for over 80 years from its site on Otley Road in Far Headingley.

Rachel Gillen, senior planner, explained: “Richmond House School is very well established and the proposals will allow the school to improve its facilities, providing a dedicated sports and performance hall and a new permanent early years building.

“The early years building will be a single storey unit that will provide space for a two-form intake of 18 pupils for Nursery and Reception and will include staff areas, cloakroom facilities and external play areas.

“The new sports and performance hall – which will also be used by the public – will incorporate a four-court sports hall and changing facilities and will allow year-round physical education which is currently weather dependent.

“The hall will also be able to be used for school performances and assemblies which will be a major benefit for the staff and pupils and will reduce the need to travel to other venues.”

In December a public consultation event was held at the school featuring exhibition boards with visuals of the plans, details of the team and project timescales.

Helen Stiles, headteacher, said: “These plans represent a significant investment in Richmond House School.

“We’re extremely proud of the teaching and learning that takes place here, and having the best facilities possible is important to protecting that.

“We had many positive responses to the consultation event in December and very much hope these plans can also benefit the wider community.”

 

Halliday Clark Architects provided designs for the project.

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