- 17/05/11 - College Extends and Improves Facilities
Work on Strode College's new dance studio is well under way and on schedule to open in September for the start of the new college year. Strode is also enhancing its outdoor sports facilities with new exterior lighting.
The 120 sq metre studio has been designed as an extension to Strode's existing sports hall. It will have a specially sprung floor ideal for dance classes and performances, martial arts and exercise classes.
The new external lighting will enhance the college's all weather pitches so that they can be used for longer during the winter months.
James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, said: "We aim to provide the best possible education and environment for our students and the new dance studio will be a great addition to our excellent performing arts and sports facilities.
"We offer a number of performing arts courses at Strode in drama, dance and music. Our students have rehearsal studios and they regularly perform at Strode Theatre, but the new building will significantly extend the space and facilities available to them.
"Students on our sports courses and clubs will also benefit. We already have a large air-conditioned sports hall, a brand new state of the art fitness suite, and extensive outdoor facilities including an all weather pitch, cricket nets, tennis and netball courts and playing fields. But the new studio means we can support additional sports such as martial arts and fitness.
"Outside of College hours local clubs and people from the local community can also use our facilities by booking pitches, courts and the new studio."
Property adviser GVA is managing the project for Strode College. The company has worked within the education sector for many years and understands its specific needs and requirements.
Mike Fryer, director at GVA said: "We have enjoyed a close involvement with Strode College over a number of years on various new and refurbishment projects as part of their on-going development of the college campus. These include an education resource centre and nursery, classroom blocks, sports hall, all weather pitches and changing rooms, engineering workshops and arts centre, so we are delighted to have the opportunity to continue our association as the College invests in a new dance studio."
Picture: An artist's impression of the new Strode dance studio as an extension to the sports hall.