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School preps scheme for a £1.6m centre 'to inspire'

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

BIG PLANS:   Architects from Feilden Fowles and Hazlegrove School headmaster Richard Fenwick, far right, discuss plans for a teaching and learning centre for English and humanities.

BIG PLANS: Architects from Feilden Fowles and Hazlegrove School headmaster Richard Fenwick, far right, discuss plans for a teaching and learning centre for English and humanities.

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A SOMERSET prep school has appointed a London-based architectural practice to design a proposed £1.6 million teaching and learning centre for English and humanities.

Feilden Fowles, whose former projects include an applied learning centre in Bath and a ground-breaking environmental home in Wales, has been commissioned to design an "inspirational" new centre at Hazlegrove Preparatory School.

Subject to planning approval, the centre is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014. The 6,000 square foot facility is intended to be the "academic hub" of the school and will have "fluid" working spaces for individuals, groups and classes.

Hazlegrove's headmaster Richard Fenwick said: "We are delighted with the appointment of Feilden Fowles and the development of our new Teaching and Learning Centre.

"Our aim is to create an environment within the centre that will inspire children to explore the excitement of learning.

"We believe this investment by the school will create an area for academic excellence and position Hazlegrove as a leading prep school."

The school is based in 200 acres of parkland near Sparkford.

Mr Fenwick said: "This is a very dynamic time to be at Hazlegrove.

"We were recently shortlisted as Tatler Prep School of the Year.

"Our plans for 2013 include a concentrated focus on academic achievement, the creation of a Jubilee Wood, and an inspirational literary festival."

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