The final phase of the Ipswich High for Girls project at Woolverstone Hall has been completed. This £1.5m project is our first for the Girls Day School Trust, and involved several phases of refurbishment of the existing school including provision of a new kitchen and the construction of a new dining hall.
Woolverstone Hall is a large country house, now in use as a school located in Suffolk It is set in 80 acres (320,000 m2) on the banks of the River Orwell. Built in 1776 for William Berners by the architect John Johnson of Leicestershire, it is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in England and is a Grade I listed building.
The manor was sold to Oxford University in 1937, was requisitioned as a naval training establishment during World War II and, in 1950, the London County Council took it over as a boys’ boarding school–Woolverstone Hall School. In 1992, the property was sold to the Girls’ Day School Trust, who relocated Ipswich High School to Woolverstone Hall.
Woolverstone Hall comprises a central block with flanking wings connected by colonnades. The central block is of three storeys. The house is built of Woolpit brick, with Coade stone ornamentation. Internally, the building still contains the original Adam style fireplaces and ceilings decorated with gold leaf. The main staircase has a wrought-iron honeysuckle balustrade. The building refurbishment included numerous classrooms and offices, toilets, café, music room and orangery.
Work commenced on the new dining extension in April 2015. Internal refurbishment works were carried during the school summer holidays. The existing kitchen was remodelled and a complete new commercial kitchen installed and opened during the Michaelmas half term. The School provide catering and dining facilities out of school hours and are a popular wedding destination.