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Newcastle school honoured with Lord Mayor's special award

The Newcastle High School for Girls' new building has been recognised as an exemplar of architecture and environmental design by the city's Lord Mayor

Posted by Julian Owen | March 20, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

Designed by Ellis Williams Architects and built by Wates Construction, the new Newcastle High School for Girls (NHSG) building has been recognised by the city's Lord Mayor’s Design Awards.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Linda Wright, was particularly impressed with the investment in the education of the city’s children that the scheme demonstrates. The combination of works to the existing school, and the addition of the new building, has created a new learning environment while maintaining an historic link with the school’s past.

Commissioned by the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the 12-month build programme comprised the refurbishment of the school’s Victorian buildings at Tankerville Terrace, as well as the creation of a new 3,625 sq m three-storey block. The new development hosts a multi-purpose assembly hall and performing arts venue, dining room, fitness suite, state-of-the-art science laboratories and additional classroom spaces.

The building was designed in the wake of the merger of Central Newcastle High School and Church High School to create NHSG, and has enabled the senior school facilities in Jesmond to match the junior school facilities in Sandyford.

At the same ceremony, NHSG was also a commended finalist in the new building category, the judges describing it as an ambitious school project providing modern facilities in a sensitive manner within the conservation area. 

Hilary French, Headmistress of Newcastle High School for Girls, said:  “We love our new building and are delighted that it is gaining the accolades it deserves.  Staff and girls recognise how fortunate we all are to have such a fantastic learning environment purpose-built for 21st century education, and the award is a reminder and a celebration of all that we enjoy on a daily basis.”

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