Hans Price gem is back to its best

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 February 2012

Weston College new Conference Centre - Kalvin Smith and Lawrence Slade of Bray and Slaughter hand over the keys to college principal Dr Paul Phillips and Linda Burlison.

Weston College new Conference Centre - Kalvin Smith and Lawrence Slade of Bray and Slaughter hand over the keys to college principal Dr Paul Phillips and Linda Burlison.

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ONE of Weston's architectural gems - which has cost £1.64million to completely refurbish - has officially re-opened its doors.

The renovation of the Grade II listed Hans Price School of Art and Science, in Lower Church Road, was carried out by Weston College and has seen the building transformed into a conference and events facility.

College principal Dr Paul Phillips received the keys to the listed building last week.

He said: “Weston College has been an important part of the local community for more than 150 years and this beautiful building is a showcase for us as one of the top performing colleges in the region.”

Contractors Bray and Slaughter began work on site, alongside Arturus Architects, in April last year, and the project was completed in December.

Specialist stonemasons, carpenters, joiners and engineers were drafted in to change the cramped interior into large spacious rooms over three floors and replace all the mechanical and electrical services.

College executive director Linda Burlison said: “It was important the refurbishment was sympathetic to the original design and we have incorporated many original features.

“Stonework and tiling have been restored, while stone pillars, archways, woodwork, roof beams and window handles have been retained.

“Everyone is delighted with what has been achieved and the wonderful facilities that will be available to the college.”

The building is already being used by students and staff. The ground floor reception area will incorporate an art gallery while the first and second floors can be used as classrooms, meeting rooms or for conferences and events.

Hans Price was regarded as a diverse architect and was responsible for many treasures in the town during the Victorian era including the Town Hall, public library, Walliscote Primary School, the Mercury offices, the former general hospital and many buildings around Birnbeck.

n Pictured: Kalvin Smith and Lawrence Slade of Bray and Slaughter hand over the keys to college principal Dr Paul 
Phillips and Linda Burlison.

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