Merchant Taylors’ begins £1.3m estates upgrade

The historic school in Crosby has started a refurbishment of the grade two-listed Williams Hall as part of a wider £1.3m upgrade of its estate.

A key part of the works will be in the listed Williams Hall; working with contractor Amspec, the school will install a new stage, improved lighting and flooring, and audio-visual technology.

There will also be a full redevelopment of the school’s dining and kitchen facilities across both the boys’ and girls’ schools. This is being delivered by CDS Wilman alongside the school’s catering partner Chartwells.

Elsewhere across its estate, the school is also undertaking a full upgrade of its fire alarm and detection provision, working with specialist Sefton Arc, while its IT infrastructure is also being improved ahead of the 2019/20 autumn term, beginning in September.

The school was founded in 1620 and educates children aged from four to 18.

Lynn Hill, finance and operations director at Merchant Taylors’ School, said: “The level of our investment over the summer reflects our determination to ensure that Merchant Taylors’ remains the finest school in the Liverpool city region.

“The majority of this work consists of one-off special projects that we feel are crucial if we are to fulfil our ambitions and continue to provide the very best environment and education for our students.

“We are also proud custodians of this magnificent estate and its historic buildings, so we are working diligently to make sure that this legacy is not only protected, but enhanced, for generations to come.”

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