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New Building at St Benedict’s

Published Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 11:57:20 AM

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, blessed and formally opened the new Sixth Form and Art & Design Building at St Benedict’s School on Thursday 28th January, the Feast Day of St Thomas Aquinas. The building will provide a fitting and lasting memory of Headmaster Chris Cleugh, in whose honour it is named. A gloriously sunny day reflected the joyous mood of the whole occasion. After a Solemn Mass in Ealing Abbey Cardinal Nichols performed the Blessing Ceremony and unveiled the Commemorative Stone of the new building. He also blessed a newly planted tree in memory of Maria del Pilar Gomez Sanz (1958-2014), parent and member of the Society of Parents and Friends and a great supporter of St Benedict’s School. Building work on the project began in August 2014 and was completed in December 2015. Headmaster Chris Cleugh thanked everyone who had enabled this wonderful day to come to fruition, especially the architects, van Heyningen & Haward and the contractors Jerram Falkus. Above all, he thanked Richard Ferrett, the Estates Director at the school, who oversaw the whole project from start to finish. The new building will provide first class learning facilities for the Sixth Form and Art & Design departments, with separate entrances for both. The ground floor comprises an open plan Sixth Form social area and also houses the Technology rooms. The Sixth Form study area – the Scriptorium – takes up most of the first floor together with a classroom for KS3/4 Design. Art studios and Sixth Form design classrooms fill the whole of the second floor.
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