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Ashton Building

Completed June 2017 - Thank you to everyone for your generosity and support!

Ashton Building
Ashton Building

The Ashton Building -  a much needed building for Dining and Biology

The Ashton Building is situated on the area to the west of the existing Library building between the all-weather pitch and two of the tennis courts.  This stunning new facility has been built to provide an extensive dining & kitchen area, far in excess of the previous accommodation, together with an al fresco terrace.  

The new dining room now enables students to eat their lunch in greater comfort. It provides students with a proper break in the day; a pleasant spacious environment with time to linger.  Having the four biology labs together around one prep room means improved teaching facilities and a more cohesive departmental area.


The Ashton Building is named after Hubert Ashton, (Chair of Governors 2008-2014) who was instrumental in obtaining Kent County Council's support for this project.
 





The impressive modern 350m² dining hall enables our students to eat their lunch in greater comfort, providing a pleasant, spacious environment for them to linger and enjoy a definitive break in the working day. 

Above this, a new suite of four state of the art laboratories which have been built around one prep room which has improved teaching facilities and created a more cohesive departmental area.  The Biology Department has also gained an additional large office and meeting space upstairs as well. 



Our architects (Bond Bryan) were dedicated to producing an inspiring space attuned to our needs which complement the surrounding buildings, yet make a confident statement of our future ambitions.  We are thrilled with the results they have achieved.
In addition to this, the existing kitchen and part of the dining room (which was an extension to the school in the 1960s) is planned to be demolished to give a more open, free-moving space through the heart of the school site.


The school wishes to thank the whole build team especially BBS (the contractor) and Betteridge & Milsom for their hard work and support during this project. 

The total cost for the building together with conversion of the playing fields was in excess of £5 million. Kent County Council contributed over 70% of this cost.

The Development Fund needs to raise the remaining balance of £1.5million. The School took out a loan from Kent County Council at preferential rates, over a ten-year period to cover this cost. Thanks to the generosity of our parents and Old Juddians, we have received funds and pledges for future years totalling £1,261,880.00! So we would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents, OJ’s and friends of the school that have helped make this project possible. 

While this is a wonderful achievement, we do still need to raise promises of a further £238,000; any fundraising in excess of this will enable us to repay this loan sooner than planned and enable us to commence Phase Four.

SITE PLAN below showing the location of the new building hatched in red. Areas marked in blue will be included in future phases.
 

 

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