Brand-new Boarding House completed for Rugby School

Stepnell has completed work on a brand-new boarding house set to become a home-from-home for 60 students at Rugby School.

Rugby-headquartered Stepnell has just handed over the three-storey building at the School’s Collingwood Centre. The contemporary boarding space provides 60 en-suite study bedrooms for students as well as communal rooms and accommodation for the housemaster, assistant housemaster and matron.

Designed by GSSArchitecture, the facility – the first purpose-built boarding house created at the school for more than 70 years – incorporates a number of striking features including a double-height atrium and a first-floor roof terrace. There is a strong focus on sustainability with the inclusion of energy-efficient boilers and solar photovoltaic panels and high-quality off-site manufactured bathroom pods used in the construction process. The building represents the first part of a large-scale refurbishment programme by the school to improve all its existing boarding house accommodation.

Following the completion of the 68-week construction programme, students will move into the new boarding house from 24 April.

Rugby School’s estates manager Judith Robinson says: “When the decision was made to build a new boarding house, the School created a working party of people with immense personal experience of running boarding houses, those with boarding house design skills and current boarding students who could bring a ‘customer’ point of view.

“The resulting brief to GSS Architecture envisioned a house built around an exceptional student experience, of bringing young people together in shared spaces, dedicated places to work, to relax, to make friends, learn to cook, eat together and of course have fun!

“It was important the house would be easy to manage and have sustainability and energy efficiency at its core. The plans GSS Architecture produced exactly and beautifully captured that vision, and it has been so exciting to watch our construction partners, Stepnell, bringing those plans to life during the last year. Stepnell has been responsive and proactive and its team has delivered a building of the highest quality on time and on budget. We simply could not be happier with our new boarding house.”

“Rugby’s boarding house system plays a crucial role in the exceptional pastoral care provided to students,” says Stepnell construction director Bill Haynes. “It’s been a privilege to work on this project and the fact that we are based locally makes it even more special to us.

“The finished building has created first-class accommodation providing students with a fantastic environment in which to live and learn. We take immense pride in having worked with the School to create it.” The new boarding house is the latest in a series of schemes which Stepnell has delivered for Rugby School, including an extension to the sports hall and a refurbishment project for the Science Schools.

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