Gloucestershire

Gloucester's oldest school to get a new £2m sports hall

An artist's impression of the new sports hall at The King's School in Gloucester
Image caption The modern building will accommodate a range of sports and provide a wet weather facility for students

Work has begun on a new £2m sports hall for pupils of Gloucester's oldest school as well as the local community.

Stringent requirements have been placed on the project as the new hall is being built at The King's School's Archdeacon Meadow site which is on a flood plain.

The project manager said he had worked closely with Gloucester City Council planners and the Environment Agency to resolve complex challenges at the site.

Building work should be completed in time for a summer opening next year.

Headmaster of the school, Alistair Macnaughton, said: "[The new sports hall] will create first class facilities not just for our pupils, but for the community as it will be available to the neighbouring Riverside Sports and Leisure Club at weekends and school holidays.

The King's School - the County's Cathedral school - was founded by Henry VIII in 1541 but the school said records showed that boys were being educated on the site as far back as 1072.

The school now has more than 500 day students, including 20 Cathedral choristers.

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