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    Official Opening of New Science and Maths Facilities

    The brand new Science and Maths wing of our Queen Katharine Building has been officially opened by Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

    Kimbolton School Queen Katharine Building Science and Maths Wing Official Opening Nov 2015The brand new Science and Maths wing of our Queen Katharine Building has been officially opened by Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

    The ceremony marked the final day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) week – offering more than 20 guests, including Huntingdonshire District Councillor Mr Peter Bucknell, the chance to see at first-hand the state-of-the-art laboratories in use. Pupils took part in a variety of interactive workshops on sustainable energy, bridge building and neuroscience.

    Cambridge-based R H Partnership Architects’ £10 million scheme consists of a two-storey linear building, linking to the existing Queen Katherine Building via a glazed bridge on the first floor. The development has some 2700 square metres of floor space and provides 12 new Science laboratories and five new Maths classrooms.

    On the top floor, a central space with open voids along its length creates an interactive and inspiring environment, incorporating breakout areas to encourage collaborative work outside teaching rooms. The accommodation also includes a Digital Learning classroom, ICT server rooms, a greenhouse, technician areas, staff rooms, an ICT suite and a conference room.    

    The scheme also encompassed a two-month project in the summer to convert the existing Donaldson laboratories into modern facilities for other departments, including Food and Nutrition, Geography, and Textiles. 

    Director of Science, Mr Alastair Gray, said: "This building is a clear statement that our school recognises the importance of STEM subjects and is committed to providing its pupils with the opportunities to excel in these fields. I hope that this building will also attract attention from the wider scientific community as a suitable hub that can be used to help promote the importance and enjoyment of Science beyond the classroom.”

    Mr David Hills, a Director at R H Partnership Architects, said: “Our integrated design delivers a light and comfortable building taking account of sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental impact. All this has been achieved on time and to budget on an historic site with very significant planning sensitivities.”

    • View our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Week photogallery.