St Mary’s Senior School Library receives a new lease of life

St Mary's School for Girls, Colchester | 6 Feb 2019 | ISC Icon GSA Icon
Opened by award-winning writer and film maker, Matt Dickinson, St Mary’s students are enjoying using their newly refurbished Library, at the Senior School on Lexden Road in Colchester.
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Working alongside Miss Faith Pittock, a former St Mary’s student and now Project Designer for Morgan Lovell, a leading UK office design and build company, and seeking input from Librarian, Mrs Valerie Cassell and the English Department, St Mary’s embarked on the challenge of updating and refurbishing the Senior School Library.

The aim of the brief was to create a stunning and attractive library, catering for group study and individual research. The first challenge was to take down a three-metre-high structural wall which separated two areas, to enlarge and open up the space and create a light and airy learning environment. It was important to maintain and highlight the beautiful mouldings, by using a colour scheme which complimented these original features. Staying true to St Mary’s colours - a dark blue was used for the flooring.

The furniture was updated to include some lovely, solid oak pieces, with a large round table, fabric upholstered stools and a Scandi-style couch.

The Library was officially opened by award winning writer and film maker Matt Dickinson during a recent visit to St Mary’s – he was impressed with the space and wished all the students many happy times indulging in a love of reading.

The students have fully embraced the new Library and are making the most of their new study space on a daily basis. Mrs Hilary Vipond, Principal said “St Mary’s is a community and I’m delighted to welcome Faith back to school to work with us, we very much enjoy hearing about the very successful career paths that our former students have embarked upon.”

The designer, Faith Pittock visited St Mary’s to see the newly reopened Library, and was really pleased to see it in full use. “I have fond memories of my time as a student at St Mary’s so it was a real pleasure to come back and work on such an exciting project”, said Faith. “I can remember using the space myself, which gave a greater understanding of the job ahead and I’m so pleased to hear that the girls are enjoying using their new Library!” Faith, who was recently awarded the accolade of ‘Best Business Support’ by Morgan Sindall Group, is passionate about promoting women in the construction industry: “Working in this sector has opened up so many opportunities for me.” said Faith. “I have been involved in a number of projects, from pharmacy shop designs, to property development and commercial office spaces and even the premier event venue, Tobacco Dock London. There is such a variation in this fast-paced environment, which I love!”

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Photo: Designer and former student Faith Pittock, vising the newly reopened St Mary’s Senior School Library
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Photo: St Mary’s Senior School students enjoying their newly refurbished Library

About St Mary's School for Girls, Colchester

St Mary's is an independent school for girls aged 3-16 and boys aged 3-4, set on two campuses close to Colchester town centre.

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