Tring Park School for Performing Arts unveil £12 Million Redevelopment

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is to undergo a major £12 million redevelopment, which includes a new 450-seat theatre.

Work on the school, sixth form and further education facility, which provides dance, acting and musical theatre training for young people aged eight to 19, will take place in three phases, the first of which will begin this month, January 2018.

Phase one will see a new four-storey building constructed, which will be used as a living and boarding space to accommodate the growing number of pupils the school has. It will also include six academic and vocational teaching spaces, and a theatre workshop.

Stage two of the development will be constructing a building containing pastoral support facilities, a sixth form centre with study facilities, changing rooms for day pupils, an art department and a staff common room.

Full planning permission has already been obtained and it is hoped that construction will begin on this second building soon after phase one is complete.

The third stage of the development is a 450-seat theatre with backstage rooms, which will be used either as changing rooms or teaching areas. This new theatre will allow the school to add technical theatre skills including set design, sound and lighting to the curriculum.

London architects Burrell Foley Fischer have designed the renovation of the school, which was built in 1939 and has alumni including Star Wars actor Daisy Ridley and choreographer Drew McOnie.

Marketing director Miriam Juviler said: “Our first priority is to create more living and boarding space, so that we can accommodate the growing number of students who join us each year.

“Our recent success stories in the world of entertainment have led to a huge increase in enquiries from parents with children keen to follow a career in the performing arts, and we would like to expand our facilities so that we can train even more talented young people in line with this growing demand.”

The new development is due to open in September 2019.

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