AltonTown Mayor Opens new Dining Hall at Amery Hill SchoolPosted on: November 27th 2019
Amery Hill School is delighted to announce the opening of its brand new Dining Hall and kitchen facilities. The new building will allow them to provide an ever-increasing number of students with healthy and nutritious meals.
After years of planning it has been a pleasure to see the design finally taking shape. Visually, it is a striking building, with floor-to-ceiling windows making up a lot of the outside walls and as well as providing dining facilities, the room has been designed to be multi-functional, with adaptable lighting and an integrated projection and sound system installed.
A significant proportion of the funding came from the Department for Education, Healthy Pupils Capital Fund, as they recognised how the school’s application was based on the school’s philosophy of developing the whole child. The new dining facilities will help to boost both the physical and mental wellbeing of students, by allowing them to use meal times as an opportunity to share, be social and digest food calmly. This development would not have been possible without financial contributions from The Eggar's Trust, Caterlink and Hampshire County Council and the work of Scope Architecture and building contractors Mountjoy.
As part of the build project, the school has considered how they can reduce plastic waste and increase sustainability. Talking about this aspect of the project, Mr Jon Eacott, Assistant Headteacher and Project Lead commented “Solar panels have been fitted to the roof of the main school building to help provide power for the new building and with increased capacity, students’ main meals are served on reusable crockery, significantly reducing the dependence upon disposable items.”
The opening of the Dining Hall and Kitchen marks the completion of the first phase in an ambitious building programme for Amery Hill, which will over the next few years see the creation of a multi-functional performance space, including a new auditorium as well as Drama and Dance studios.
Mr Steve Mann, Headteacher, said: “This is a very exciting time in Amery Hill School’s evolution. This first phase in our redevelopment provides a wonderful space for all our students to not only eat and socialise in a modern and comfortable environment, but also supports our core values of Opportunity, Progress and Care. I would like to thank all of our partners who have ensured the success of this project, not forgetting the students who have adapted to new routines with maturity during the build.”