New sports and arts block to be built at Ashlawn School

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A NEW state-of-the-art three-storey performing arts centre and a new games area will be built at a Rugby school.

The Ashlawn School Academy Trust plans were approved Wednesday’s meeting of Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee.

The trust applied for permission to build three-story performing arts centre and a new games area at the Ashlawn Road site.

The extension will include a new multi use games area, the conversion of the existing tennis courts into a car park.

It will bring all of the arts disciplines into one building as currently they are located at different areas throughout the school while the new games area will have an all-weather surface.

The development will be towards the rear of the current Ashlawn buildings on the eastern side of the site.

A document submitted as part of the planning process by Robert O’Callaghan Architects states: “The performing Arts Centre will be used to provide a purpose-built facility that will house all of the arts disciplines in a single building.

“Currently they located at different areas throughout the campus which creates inherent difficulties for both pupils and staff.

“The centre will also allow for additional classrooms, resource and toilet facilities to be provided to the benefit of the school as a whole.

“The games area will allow for a variety of sports and activities to be carried out on an all-weather surface which will also be of significant benefit to the student body.”

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