Contractor will start work on £8m scheme in July

ISG Jackson has unveiled its latest project to build a £7.9 million multi-purpose auditorium at Saffron Walden County High School in Essex.

The contractor will replace the existing structure at the school with the design by the Tooley & Foster Partnership, which will accommodate up to 842 people. The auditorium will contain raked seating and balcony areas for viewing, along with a two-storey steel frame structure and a backstage facility including changing rooms, rehearsal space and multi-use teaching and tutorial rooms.

The auditorium will also feature a large, retractable seating area and have a sunken orchestra pit that can be covered over to increase floor space.

In addition to the auditorium, ISG Jackson will extend the existing sixth form accommodation. This will include remodelling and rationalising the space to enhance private study and social facilities for the students.

The front school entrance will also be extensively remodelled for better accessibility and provide a dedicated entrance to the auditorium outside school hours. Externally, the parking provision will be increased and improvement will be made to vehicular access routes on the site.

The project commences this July and is set for completion in spring 2013.