The Architects Practice based in Longford, Ashbourne began working with the school in 2014 to design the replacement dining room. The brief from the school outlined a desire for an inside, outside connectivity with large opening doors and a relationship with the natural environment whilst improving efficiency when serving meals.
As one of the busiest spaces in the school, the new building had to be able to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner for over 500 pupils whilst having the capability to host functions and events day or night.
Matthew Montague Architects designed an innovative glass and natural stone building with 4.5 meter high glazing to provide panoramic views of the grounds. The dining hall is accessed off a large central corridor with dual queuing to reduce serving time.
The largely glass building is topped by a floating extended roof canopy supported by tree-like steels, used to reflect the trees immediately outside the windows and further connecting the building to the landscape.
From conception to completion the project took 4 years to complete with an onsite construction period of twelve months, contract value of £2 million.
Belper based Derwent Valley Construction Limited were the Principal Contractors for the build.
Darren Allsebrook, Associate Director at Derwent Valley Construction said “It was a pleasure for all of our team to be involved in such an interesting project. Our tradesmen had a chance to demonstrate all their skills as the building used a variety of materials to create a harmonious link between the old and the new. We believe the school will have an additional facility to be proud of for many years to come.”
Matthew Montague, Principal Architect at Matthew Montague Architects said “we were delighted to work on this project; we have designed and delivered a contemporary building that continues the highest quality of architecture at Foremarke. We worked in partnership with Derwent Valley who did a great job; we are delighted with the new building.”
Robert Relton, Headmaster of Foremarke Hall, says: “Everyone who has seen the new hall has been astounded at how such a modern building fits so well within our natural and built environments.
It is at the heart of the school’s complex and is a welcome enhancement of our dining facilities. With its great views of the garden it will also provide an amazing venue for some of our events.
“We thank and congratulate everyone involved in its creation and know everyone at Foremarke will enjoy using it.”
Come and see it for yourself at a very special Bondholder Breakfast on the 18th June. Keep an eye out for the invite in your inboxes!