Newcastle High School – refurbishment of Marita Hall



Client: City The Girls Day School Trust Project Value: £ 182,655.50 Contract Duration: June 2014 – August 2014

Marita Hall is a stand-alone building located within the grounds of Sandyford Park in Jesmond; it stands adjacent to Chapman House which since 2012 has been the location of the Junior School of Newcastle High School for Girls,formerly the junior school of Central Newcastle High School with whom they recentlymerged. Grade II Chapman House was originally designed by John Dobson for Captain John Dutton in 1817 and called Villa Reale, it was later owned by Dr Charles Gibb, [imortalised by George Ridley in The Blaydon Races] who renamed it Sandyford Park, Marita Hall was probably constructed about the same time.

The work to Marita Hall was extensive and because of its disruptive nature had to be carried out during the summer break which meant that we had a deadline to meet to ensure that we completed the works before the new term began.  This involved the underpinning of the brickwork to the South elevation and the removal of internal partition walls as well as the removal of the existing concrete floor and the casting an insulated new floor slab. A specialist sub-contractor was then employed to lay a new sprung timber dance floor.

A redundant chimney breast was removed and steel beams inserted to support the internal wall structure. A purpose built roof light was commissioned and installed while roof repairs were carried out along with the replacement of rainwater goods. New arched windows and doors were installed, walls and ceilings re-plaster-boarded and new toilet areas create, after which a total re-decoration completed the works. .

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