New dining refectory to be built at Stonyhurst College

The new refectory wing being developed at Stonyhurst College.
The new refectory wing being developed at Stonyhurst College.

CONSTRUCTION has begun on Stonyhurst College’s new Dining Refectory, which will be fully operational by next January.

The new building will provide a significant upgrade for Stonyhurst’s catering and dining, and will meet the 21st Century needs of the historic college. It has been designed by Preston architects Cassidy and Ashton and will overlook the recently completed Weld House sixth form accommodation, which they also designed.

Throughout, consultation has taken place with English Heritage, who describe the design as “quietly modern – standing as an obvious addition to the complex without competing with the more historical elements.”

The building will have a total floor area of 1,425 square metres and will create:

A new Dining Area capable of seating 320 people at any one time

New state-of-the-art kitchen facilities with the necessary storage and support areas.

Changing facilities for staff.

Toilet accommodation for pupils.

A multi-purpose space for teaching, dining, games, teas, etc.

The building design is contemporary in nature, but softened by the use of appropriate materials. It comprises mainly sandstone to match that of the college buildings around it, while modern zinc and aluminium panels will resonate with the slate used elsewhere.

Landscaping around the building will also make external dining possible, with westerly views looking over the ponds and western approach to Stonyhurst College. This will open up beautiful views for pupils and staff, and members of the public when functions are taking place.

Headmaster Mr Andrew Johnson said: “We are all very excited about this next phase in Stonyhurst’s development. Our catering team do a wonderful job and deserve this impressive facility.”