City firms team up for project at top school

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Pupils at a top school returned to a brand new kitchen and dining hall this term after a renovation project completed by two Preston firms during the summer.

Designed by architectural and planning consultancy practice Cassidy and Ashton, the £800,000 revamp at Bolton School was delivered by Conlon Construction.

Work included a full refurbishment of the existing 600 sqm facility to provide capacity for a further 270 pupils.

Commissioned by Bolton School, the 11.5 week project has improved the pupils’ overall dining experience, with the award-winning catering department serving more than 2,300 meals each day across five eating halls.

The works forms part of a multi-phase improvement programme at Bolton School, with Cassidy and Ashton previously designing the new £5m Girls’ Junior School, £5.2m Infants’ School and award-winning £7m Riley Sixth Form Centre, as well as refurbishing and extending the Junior Boys’ School.

Lawrence McBurney, associate architect at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “The aim was to make best use of the space and refurbish to a high standard. The end result is the provision of a better dining experience for both pupils and staff.”

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, added: “Bolton School is one of the most well-known and highly respected schools in the North West. That, along with the heritage of the buildings and fixed-time constraints, made this one of the most challenging yet prestigious school projects we have delivered this year.”