Outline consent for a masterplan to rebuild most of the original (1960s) school buildings was granted in 2009 and the work is being completed in a series of discrete phases. The first phase began in 2010 with the completion of enabling and infrastructure works. In 2013, the new science building was opened and in 2015 we opened our new drama centre.
The replacement of the main teaching block forms the last major academic building project for the foreseeable future on the seniors site.
Construction of phase one of the General Teaching Building started in 2015, and in autumn 2017 was completed, built within the budget of £36m, on time and safely. The centrepiece of the new building is the Kayton Library, extending over two floors facing the Thames and includes two seminar rooms, the Brian Schofield Rare Books Room and the School Archives. Extensive landscaping of the old north access road has created an attractive space linking the Drama Centre and Wathen Hall to Founder’s Court.
The building also houses the school's Kitchen and Dining Hall, along with 28 classrooms: the departments of Geography, History, Modern and Foreign Languages, Politics and Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Phase two has a budget of £37.8m and is scheduled for completion at the end of 2019, when we will unveil a new atrium with mezzanine; a chapel with memorial boards; a secular hall; a new Montgomery Room opening onto Founders’ Court; pupil changing rooms; another 20 classrooms; and administrative offices.
The completion of phase 2 in 2019 will bring to a close the main redevelopment of St Paul’s, which commenced in 2011 and will eventually cost £114m.