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Considerable planning has gone into the design and placing of the proposed new hall. This will almost certainly be the largest free-standing building ever constructed on the property and in planning its position decision-makers have been sensitive to the fact that the grounds of Boys High are historic and well established.
Therefore in determining the best site for the hall, the process has taken into account factors such as environmental impact, heritage impact, sightlines, centrality and access. With the school's classrooms effectively divided between the upper campus and Pollock Campus, the need for easy access to and from both areas was an important determinant. The proposed site meets this requirement as well as avoiding historical and environmentally sensitive areas of the grounds. Utilizing the lie of the land allows a lower tier of rooms to be incorporated on the northern side of the hall.
The exterior of the new structure has been based on that of the hall that formed part of the original 1909 buildings but which, sadly, was demolished in the 1960s. Certain architectural elements of the original hall and the other Edwardian-era buildings at Boys High have been incorporated into the new design. In this way it is hoped to both revive a lost portion of the school's heritage as well as blending the new building into the architectural landscape of the school. The use of similar materials to those in the original buildings on the exterior of the new hall, including red brick, sandstone, dressed stone and corrugated iron will also help to create a sense of continuity in the school's principal buildings.
A Hall for all Seasons
The proposed new hall will meet all of the school's needs for the foreseeable future in terms of school assemblies, school functions and stage productions. As such it will be central to upholding longstanding school traditions and fostering the cultural life of the institution.
The most pressing need is to have a facility that will seat the entire school for assemblies and the layout of this hall permits all matric pupils to be seated in the gallery while lower forms will be seated on the ground floor.
A large and sophisticated stage area featuring state-of-the-art lighting will allow the school to mount musical and drama productions on a more impressive and professional scale than in the past.
In addition to the above mentioned functions, the hall will serve as a venue for other annual events including school dances, exhibitions, parents meetings and pupils' examinations. The two storage areas adjacent to the stage will provide greater flexibility, enabling the school to host a series of different functions in the building on the same day.
The design makes provision for the serving of refreshments to guests on two terraces on the northern side of the building, a useful feature for many of the evening events for which the facility will be utilized.
New Hall Gallery
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