On Monday 6 February, students, staff and governors joined engineers and architects for the ‘Topping Out’ of the new Redland Hall.
Headmistress Mrs Isabel Tobias, Chair of Governors Mrs Jane MacFarlane and Honorary President Mrs Carol Lear were joined by representatives of the architects, building contractors and others to sign the final beam to be placed onto the roof of the building. Four students from both Westbury and Redland sites, all of whom have an interest in engineering and construction, then ascended the scaffolding to ‘top out’ the structure, symbolically completing the roof.
The previous assembly building was demolished last summer and work on the replacement Redland Hall is making good progress. This exciting new building, to be completed by September 2017, will house a state-of-the-art auditorium as well as further classrooms and offices.
Mrs Lear said, “It is an honour to be here for this milestone in the development of Redmaids’ High School. Redland Hall has a modern and future facing design to best aid the progression of our girls, whilst also housing items showcasing the heritage of both Redland High and Red Maids’.”
The redevelopment of Redland Hall, as well as improvements to the Junior School facilities including new classrooms and a new playground, has in part been made possible by the sale of the Redland High site.
Mrs MacFarlane commented: “These transactions, alongside generous gifts from a number of donors, are helping to accelerate these important current developments and will enable us to continue to invest in our facilities and in our bursary programmes for the long term.”
She added: “Coupled with our dedicated and experienced staff, this puts us in the strongest position to fulfil our vision to be the leading school for girls of academic ability in the South West. An education at Redmaids’ High School will prepare girls to make a real difference in the world and have a truly cosmopolitan and international outlook.”