‘Green heart’ to become lifeblood of Taunton School

Asphalt roads are being turned into a wellbeing-promoting green haven as part of the school’s major development plan

Work has begun on a pedestrianisation programme at Taunton School, with the aim of turning asphalt roads and paths into a ‘green heart’ in the centre of the campus.

The £360,00 plan will see the current links between the pre-prep, prep and senior schools transformed into a haven for students to relax, socialise, and enjoy surroundings including trees, plants, seating and sensory areas to support wellbeing.

“We’re excited to be starting work on the green heart phase of Taunton School’s development plan,” said the institution’s head of estates, Terry Harris.

“It will give students space in which to take a breather and relax in pleasant surroundings right in the heart of our beautiful 19th century campus.”

The work forms part of a £20m development of the Taunton School campus, including expanded sports facilities and a new international school.

A new sixth form centre – known as ‘The Guvvy’ – opened earlier this term in the school’s former dining rooms, replete with study pods, a social space and gender-neutral toilets (a new dining room was opened by the Princess Royal in 2020).

This month also sees the opening of a new library in the same building, featuring 36 study spaces and automatic low energy LED lighting.

Pic: An artist’s impression of the ‘green heart’

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