Prep school launches £8m expansion

Fairfield Preparatory School in Loughborough is laying the foundations for additional learning space and a brand new kindergarten

Work is underway at Fairfield’s town centre site in Loughborough to develop new facilities for children aged three to eleven. The development at the prep school – part of Loughborough Endowed Schools – has been created by Nottinghamshire-based Studio G Architecture.

The build will see the construction of new classrooms, a larger gymnasium, a specialist art and craft room, designated social areas and essential office space. It is scheduled to open in the next academic year.

The kindergarten, which will have capacity for 40 children, will open in January 2016 giving the Endowed Schools the opportunity to educate pupils from three years all the way through to sixth form.

Andrew Earnshaw, the headmaster at Fairfield, said: “All of our pupils will benefit from the extra space we’re creating, which, combined with small class sizes and a superb range of indoor and outdoor facilities, will enable us to deliver first-rate teaching.

“Our new prepPrep centre will be staffed and equipped to deliver outstanding early years education for the 21st century.”

Key elements of the build take into consideration the environmental impact of the school to ensure it provides the highest levels of energy efficiency.

Andrew added: “The technical elements of the build are being finalised, but it will include a balance of traditional and new technologies to achieve the lowest environmental footprints. Our aim is to ensure the needs of all our pupils, staff and the local community are met today and in the future.”

Gary Fellows, is a partner at Studio G Architects and has been working alongside the team at Fairfield. He said: “It has been a real pleasure to work with the Loughborough Endowed Schools project board, Fairfield staff and the estates department on the development. Their enthusiasm, expertise and co-operation have been key factors in ensuring that the current design, the culmination of a real team effort, will hopefully result in a truly sustainable long-term building solution.”

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