The Great Hall

Client The Leys and St Faith's School Foundation
Type New build
Use Teaching spaces and Theatre
Date 2013

Great Hall replaces the Leys School’s existing theatre with a complex that is a step change up in size, aspiration and quality from its predecessor. Though its footprint is not quite double that of the previous building, Great Hall’s internal floor area is over three times greater than that of the old theatre. In addition to a dramatic, yet flexible, auditorium and associated backstage areas, a number of new elements are included: studio theatre, drama teaching department, dance department including bespoke studio, three new state-of-the-art science laboratories with external teaching roof terrace, and a coffee shop. Our aim has been to design a collection of components that work harmoniously together: a vibrant conjunction of arts and sciences.

“Bland, Brown + Cole have worked unstintingly for us to ensure that the quality and the architectural detail of the completed building is brilliant.”
Austin Jessop, client liaison and former deputy head

“It’s absolutely brilliant. You couldn’t have asked for a better building… I know of no school that has any theatre that can compare with what has been created here.”
Stephen Levy, former pupil and Tony Award-winning West End and Broadway theatre producer