Great Hall - The Need
A review of the 1967 Theatre conducted in 2004 revealed extensive problems with the structure and fabric of the building, comprehensive leaking, heating and electrical problems and issues with extremely limited disabled access. The survey concluded that meaningful refurbishment of the Theatre would cost in the order of £4m, with the building still compromised by the original design and inadequate space: The Leys has nearly 200 more pupils than it did in 1967.
Designed by prestigious Cambridge architects Bland, Brown & Cole, the Great Hall project has evolved over a number of years into what we believe to be the best solution to the school's future needs. The building makes the most of the space created by the demolition of the 1967 theatre, with a highly flexible modern building which extends the 1927 Thomson Building (itself an excellent design which still provides a strong base for The Leys Science Department). The dictates of planning regulations mean that Great Hall will be the last significant new build on the school site and it has been specifically designed for longevity and spaces that are as "future proof" as possible.
The demolition work and the building and fit-out of Great Hall took almost two years to complete, with the new facilities available for use from September 2013.