Franklin Ellis obtain Planning Permission for Ratcliffe College

February 5th, 2013

Franklin Ellis have just obtained planning consent for a new junior school for Ratcliffe College in Leicestershire.

The original college was built by the renowned Victorian architect and designer of the Houses of Parliament, Augustus Welby Pugin, and first opened its doors to students in 1847. It is an interesting coincidence  that David Franklin, one of the founding partners of  Franklin Ellis, is a direct descendant of Pugin thus continuing a family involvement in Ratcliffe College.
The new junior school will feature state-of-the-art class teaching rooms, with the most modern facilities available to ensure the highest standards possible in teaching and learning.  There will also be a purpose-built Science and Food Technology Laboratory, Music Centre with additional practice and rehearsal rooms, a Lecture Hall/Theatre, Library, ICT suite and Art Gallery, centred on a courtyard garden to replicate the collegiate central square at the heart of the Old School.  Adjacent to the Preparatory School will be its own Sports Centre, with a four-badminton court sized Sports Hall, indoor 25-metre heated swimming pool and two glass-backed squash courts.

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