The following Report was issued on behalf of the School by the Derek Hicks & Thew Partnership, architects:
Sod Cutting Ceremony:
On the 24th October 2002 the official sod cutting ceremony took place on the front lawn to the school. The ceremony was performed by Lord Derby, around 100 years since the original sod cutting ceremony took place for the original school.
The time capsule will shortly be buried within the new courtyard created by the new development. The capsule will be located centrally to the courtyard and be marked by a landscaped feature utilising some of the sandstone rock excavated when forming the foundations to the new school.
Phase One: Works to convert for the library for the sixth form are now nearing completion with the areas due to be handed back to the school during week commencing 11th November. The sixth form centre has been designed with the aim to provide a modern and stylish space for the sixth form. The colour scheme for the areas have been chosen following consultation with members of the sixth form and new furniture is provided within the Common Room and newly created study areas adjacent to Old Blue's Library.
Phase Two: Works for the main extension are now well under way with the foundations being constructed, and following on very closely behind the steelwork frame. The steelwork to the science and design technology wing has now been completed with the first floors due on site week commencing 11th November. The steelwork erection for other areas continues at a rapid pace with the entrance block well underway. All steelwork and the complete building frame will be completed by the end of the month. By that time the first floors will be installed and around half of the building will have its roof structure. Works are currently on programme for completion for the beginning of the school year Autumn 2003.
Additional Information: The development works at the school are currently being featured on an architectural website as the project of the month. This is the first time a project which is not been complete, has been featured on the site. For further information about the project and information about other featured projects recently completed please refer to www.liverpoolarchitecture.com, a website run by The Liverpool Architectural Society.