Repton School is an independent school founded in 1557 in the village of Repton, Derbyshire. Pears School Hall was originally built in 1886 within the ruins of an Augustinian Priory to commemorate the school’s second founder, Steuart Adolphus Pears. This project’s aim is to upgrade and restore the Grade II listed building.
The proposed works aim to give the building a well-deserved face-lift after many decades of service whilst also increasing its capacity. The project also will enhance the building, making it suitable for a wider range of purposes including exams, assemblies, teaching, and performances both for the school and private users, whilst also enriching many of its impressive original features. These include, most notably, the building’s hammer beam truss roof and the oak panelling that lines the hall which has been decorated with hand-painted school honours.
It was vitally important for the client to be able to visualise the impact of the changes on a treasured listed school building and as a mechanism to assist in fundraising. To this end we produced a 3D animated fly-through of the building. It was important to realistically portray the detail and complexity of the original features in conjunction with the proposed interventions. This then could showcase the variety of uses so that the end result could be experienced.
The refurbishment targets the later additions to the building from the 1950’s. The works include replacing and extending the balcony, removing the permanent stage, and replacing the outdated kitchen facilities. A new lighting scheme will provide the school hall with contemporary lighting not only for the variety of uses, but also to showcase the roof structure.