Duke of Westminster’s ‘special project’ officially opened

Hugh Grosvenor was special guest as Abbey Gate College Infant and Junior School opened its new Foundation and Infant School building

Abbey Gate College Infant and Junior School recently welcomed a special guest to officially open its new Foundation and Infant School building. The Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, along with the Trustees of the Grosvenor Estate, unveiled a commemorative plaque at the opening.

His Grace also placed the first shovels of soil on top of a time capsule containing items such as class photos, books as well as a DVD and school house badges which will be opened in 2118.

Set in the village of Aldford, the co-educational school’s new development is made with Welsh blue slate, oak from the Eaton Estate and artisan brick from a local manufacturer, to ensure it is in keeping with the heritage of the village.

The new energy-efficient building provides three spacious classrooms with covered outdoor areas. The development also provides a library area and has allowed the expansion of current facilities in the main building to include a dedicated art and design studio, music area, science lab and a more expansive library space.

The Duke said: “Thank you for inviting me and the Trustees here today. This has been a fantastic job. The building has lived up to the high standards I hoped it would. I would like to say a huge well done to everybody involved and for doing it so quickly, even though it has been very complex at times. It is a project I’m particularly proud of because it’s the first project I have delivered since my father passed away two years ago. I took a great deal of interest in the design and the build. I hope it provides you with laughter, fun and learning and that you enjoy it for the future.”

Marie Hickey, Head of the Infant and Junior School, said: “Our children now benefit from beautiful purpose-built classrooms, all of which connect to the exceptional outdoor space we are privileged to have.”

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