Last year, Richard Huish College was delighted to announce £2.3m of new funding for a brand new, two-storey building for the specialist teaching of Art and Graphic Design. Huish Governors recently took part in a ‘Topping Out’ ceremony to celebrate the progress. Topping out refers to the completion of the roof or highest point in a building. In 14th century England, topping out ceremonies were marked by a tree branch being placed at the highest point of the building, a tradition the Governors enthusiastically re-enacted. The Maple Arts Centre will formally open to students this October.
Huish is also delighted to announce that for the fourth time in four consecutive years, Huish has been successful in securing substantial capital investment from the Department for Education. The latest grant of £1.4 million is being used to build a brand new Music Centre to house students studying a range of A Level and vocational music courses and a multitude of music enrichment activities. This investment brings the total capital investment into the College over the last five years well above the £12 million mark. Plans include demolishing existing teaching and administrative spaces, and replacing them with a brand new, two-storey music block containing a state of the art recording studio as well as high quality practice and performance spaces. The building work will commence in autumn 2017 and be completed by September 2018.
Principal John Abbott said “This is fantastic news as it allows Huish to continue providing ultra modern, well equipped, specialist teaching spaces for our students. We are renowned for the talent of our music students and excellence of teaching across our music courses and I am excited about the musical future of Huish. The continued investment in Huish by the Department for Education is also a great endorsement of the work all staff do in ensuring that students achieve beyond their expectations”.