The Red Maids’ School
A quality learning environment
The Red Maids’ School is the oldest independent girls school in England situated in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol for girls aged 11 to 18. The school is situated on a four hectare parkland site comprising mature trees, playing fields and an stylistically eclectic group of buildings ranging in style from Victorian to a contemporary Sixth Form building completed in 2012. The school have an impressive vision and plan over the coming decade to improve and upgrade their facilities in keeping with the educational needs of the 21st Century. The scope of the work includes refurbishment to the Main Building, to replace the existing Denmark Hall with a new improved multi-purpose hall and performance space, classrooms and external landscape between buildings. Stride Treglown architects, town planners and landscape teams have worked with the school and Project Managers CCM for the works.
The works to the Main Building, which was built around 1864, included a new visitors entrance and enhanced pupil and staff entrance and the provision of a new library/learning resource centre at first and second floor levels which was formed by creating a new roof over the existing central courtyard void. In addition there was significant refurbishment works to the existing dining hall, servery and ancillary rooms to form a lighter and better equipped dining experience.
The ground floor spaces to the north west of the Main Building were reconfigured to provide WC facilities and better pupil queuing for dining. Associated landscape works were undertaken to the main entrance area as well as to the courtyard. The design ethos of each of the spaces has been to provide a contemporary approach yet respectful of the buildings heritage. Popular children’s author Michael Morpurgo OBE opened the new library in October 2014.