Issued: October 18, 2018
Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing opens new Brook Building
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The new Brook Building at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, has been officially opened by Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing.
The state-of-the-art building, with energy efficient heating and lighting, houses the school library, Sixth Form study centre and five classrooms, four of which have movable walls to provide larger space for special project work and visiting speakers.
Head of School Sharon Jenner said: "The building brings a completely new, modern feel to the school but really complements the traditional style of the buildings that we already had.
"Our sixth form students are loving their new study centre and all students are making full use of the new library resources and enjoying their modern foreign language lessons in the ultra-modern classrooms.
"It is a wonderful addition to a great school."
Architect Richard Paynter, of Barker Associates, said: "The building has been carefully sited to use an underutilised part of the site.
"It was a tight site and (the building) needed to be very carefully designed so it respected the local context - with minimal impact from the street, so the building is designed to be as low as it can be.
"The flat roofs have a vegetation roof covering which copes with reducing storm water run-off, and in turn reduces the potential for flash flooding."
Dame Eleanor, who cut a ribbon on Friday morning to mark the official opening, said: "I am really impressed by the new Brook Building.
"It has taken a lot of work over very many years and I would to thank and congratulate everyone who has worked so hard and shown such determination to bring this brilliant project to fruition, in particular Paul Banks, all the governors and county councillors without whose vision and energy it could never have happened."
She added: "It was a great pleasure to meet the students, particularly the Sixth Form students.
"I can see that they are benefiting from the terrific resources in the new building and the whole school has a sense of renewed energy."