Our main contractors RG Falla, in conjunction with educational specialist architects Levitt Bernstein, continue to make progress in converting Perrot Court into educational facilities and we look forward to welcoming our students into Perrot Court next year.
One of the most visible changes at the moment is the construction of a new level access to Perrot Court. ‘The Bridge’ is now in position and will directly connect the main College building forecourt to the ground floor level of Perrot Court through a new entrance way. This will provide easy access for students and staff, fully integrating the new building into the enlarged campus.
The new facilities currently under construction include a generously sized open plan Library on the Ground Floor. As well as providing an increase in reading and study space and ongoing counselling support in the Library, this area will become a hub for student support incorporating the Learning Enrichment department, PSHE & Wellbeing, the Chaplain’s office and a quiet/sanctuary space.
Alongside the Student Hub on the Ground Floor of Perrot Court will be a purpose-designed Sixth Form Centre. This will include dedicated Sixth Form study space, social areas and a Sixth Form kitchen. A new drama studio will also be created on the north side of the building, to supplement our Upland Road facility for this popular subject. Adjacent to this will be a multi-purpose, flexible space which will become an exams suite at certain times in the year.
The Social Sciences Faculty will be moving into a new suite of purpose designed and well equipped classrooms located on the First Floor of Perrot Court, along with a breakout space to support flexible learning. This floor will also provide meeting rooms and offices.
A combination of student numbers, a wider and more sophisticated curriculum, and the important trend towards independent learning have all contributed towards what is a vital need for more space. The new building will give a 40% increase in floor space and, most importantly, the opportunity to create large, open spaces for a multitude of uses; something which has been impossible in the constrained environs of a historic College main building and site originally intended for 150 pupils.
Perrot Court will provide a substantial enhancement of the facilities at the College to ensure that Elizabeth College is able to fully support the educational demands of current and future students.
Our architects Levitt Bernstein have produced an exciting virtual walk through of the planned new facilities in Perrot Court which you can see below.
ST JOHN ROBILLIARD LEARNING GARDEN
The first completed project of the Perrot Court development is the St John Robilliard Learning Garden, which was formally opened in Autumn 2021 by Sir Richard Collas, former Bailiff of Guernsey. St John was a founder member of the Dead Donkey Club and left a generous legacy to the Foundation.
The new space is already in regular use by students during break and lunch, as well as by tutor groups and teachers seeking some outdoor learning space. It is complemented by the newly car-free forecourt in front of the main College building, which also provides additional amenity space for students.
ELIZABETH COLLEGE FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT
The College site development programme includes both a phased occupation of Perrot Court and redevelopment and refurbishment of existing facilities to create the best possible experience for our students now and in the future.
We look forward to welcoming our students into Perrot Court later this year. Future projects include the redevelopment of the Ozanne building (Modern Foreign Languages), the replacement of the Artificial Turf Pitch (ATP) at the Memorial Field, and phase 2 of the Perrot Court development which includes re-structuring of the Colborne building.
The scale, complexity and cost of the Estates Master Plan mean that it is likely to be five to seven years before the vision is fully realised.