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Major work has begun to restore and develop the historic gazebo at Derbyshire’s Barlborough Hall School.

Barlborough school sThe grade II* listed building that neighbours the main old hall at Barlborough has been empty and unused since the 1950s but, thanks to support from English Heritage, the gazebo will now be restored to its former glory and turned into additional learning space.  The gazebo adjoins the Elizabethan mansion that was originally designed by the famed architect, Robert Smythson, who also designed Hardwick Hall, near Chesterfield. Barlborough Hall, set on the edge of the village of Barlborough, was the seat of the Rodes family until the 1930s and has been home to Barlborough Hall School for the last 75 years.

Malcolm Lucas, Facilities Director at Barlborough Hall School, said, “It’s an exciting and important time for the school.  The project has been a long time in the planning.  Thanks to strong support from English Heritage and lots of work behind the scenes we have been able to secure 80% funding to make it all happen.  The project started over Easter and will take place over the coming months.”

The £170,000 project will include careful restoration of the original architecture and the development of the building so that it can be used as a classroom.  The school, an independent Catholic school, teaches children aged between three and 11.  Work will include a new roof, repairs to the stone walls, doors and window frames and the repair of plaster floors.  It will also include the specialist repair of an ornate plaster chimney piece and the glazing of some windows, as well as the installation of power and light.

While Barlborough Hall School maintains its historic character, it also boasts modern facilities including a swimming pool, dance studio, theatre and specialist classrooms.