The construction of a new dining hall extension at The Castle School in Taunton, where Inspired Partnership are on board as Architects, Quantity Surveyors and CDM Co-ordinators, has continued to progress well onsite, targeting the spring 2020 completion date. Below is the recent article from The Castle School, where a group of Year 7 students were given a guided tour of what will be their new dining hall:

The Castle School students see their new dining hall being built.


On Monday 13 January, fifteen Year 7 students were given a tour by regional builders, CG Fry & Son, to see the progress of their new dining hall.


They were joined by representatives from the project management firm, Futures for Somerset and Taunton-based architectural practice, Inspired Partnership, who designed the new hall.


The new dining hall, which began construction at the end of 2019, will accommodate more students for seated meals, providing an enhanced dining experience. The project also includes the extension and modernisation of kitchen facilities to meet the increasing demand for student meals and snacks.


This significant project has been made possible through a successful capital funding bid from the Government.


Mike Pinney, Contracting Director for CG Fry & Son Contracting, said: “It was great to welcome the students of The Castle School to the site and show them their brand-new dining hall being built.


“Having completed the new Design and Technology block for the school last year we are pleased to be back at the school, improving the facilities for both the students and staff.”


The new dining hall is located at the front of the school adjoining the main building. Enabling works for the overall project began in the summer holidays last year, stripping out the old kitchen, refurbishing and installing the new kitchen to avoid any disruption during school term time.


The Castle School said “We are delighted to have been successful in our bid for capital funding. The team is making excellent progress on our new dining hall. This project will add a spacious, modern, purpose-built dining space to the school which all of students here at The Castle School can benefit from.”


The project, which is due to be completed in June 2020, is currently undergoing roofing works and having external walls installed, which the students were able to view during their visit to the site.

Left: Drone photo – credit to Year 10 Student, The Castle School.

Right: Neil Plank, Marc Parsons and Mike Pinney from C G Fry & Son, Alison Crudgington and Brendan Slade from The Castle School, Daron Stockham and Jack Barter from Inspired and Lee McEvans from Futures for Somerset.