'Create the Future' updates

A home from home

The light in this bedroom is going to make it a fabulous place for girls to live and study. Imagine being one of the first to move in in the Spring!

Throughout our campaign to build The 6 we have invited you to have your support recognised in a room. Of the 44 double rooms available, 31 have now been reserved. If you would like to consider supporting The 6 do visit our Name A Room page where you can learn more.

Girl Power

This is Millie, Assistant Site Manager for The 6 build. What better example could there be to the young women of St Catherine's than to see her taking the lead on site? We are delighted that she is part of the team, providing an example to the girls ... and encouraging them to expand their horizons when thinking of future careers. Thank you, Millie.

Behind the Scenes - Common Room Tech

Behind the Scenes - Looking across to The Millenium Building

Behind the Scenes - Boarding Staff Flat

Rooms with views

Mirroring the design of The Anniversary Halls and The Speech Hall Library, the windows in The 6 are now ready to be finished in zinc. The combination of red brick and silver-grey metal unites the design of this wonderful new modern building with the traditional red brick buildings which are a feature of St Catherine's. We can't wait to see it when the scaffolding comes down!

Looking Up

Having been lucky enough to have a tour of The 6 today, we were amazed by the complexity of the ducting and pipe work. Eventually, when it's all safely tucked away, it  will provide girls with piping hot water for showers, clean air in their rooms and access to well-located power points for their study areas ... not to mention cups of tea and fresh toast in the Common Room! 

The start of a swoosh!

With every day that passes we get closer to seeing the entrance to  The 6 as it will appear to girls when we open in the Spring. The "swoosh" above the entrance is now taking shape, a feature of St Catherine's architecture which unites The 6 with the Anniversary Halls and the "Aquarium."

Mrs Phillips heading in to The 6 for a tour

Sunninghill builders take a team on a tour of The 6 to show progress and a first glimpse of the Common Room, twin study bedrooms and the all important bathrooms!

The shape of the bedrooms to come

Floor to ceiling windows are in place in each study bedroom for maximum natural light.

Cranes and diggers can only do so much!

Hard labour and elbow grease on site this morning. 


The front entrance

A glimpse inside

Almost watertight!

Work planned for the first full week of September is further partitioning, plastering, carpentry and mechanical and electric fixes.  

More zinc will go on the roof.  Whilst zinc is UV-resistant our interest is more in its water-resistant properties - in readiness for the Autumnal weather! 

Zinc on the roof

Internal electrics

Partitions, Plaster and Zinc

The team have been busy in the last week of August.  Inside -  the suspended floors are in place, rooms have been partitioned, plaster has been applied and even a little decoration has begun!  The lift shaft steels have also been worked upon.  And outside zinc has been added to the roof.  The girls on return to School this week are going to take a sharp intake of breath when they see The 6

Rapid progress on The 6

From one week to the next the bricks have gone from ground to middle to top floor, giving The 6 it's shape but also the distinctive St Cat's warm red brick colour. 
Whilst this isn't a close up - the build site is carefully protected for both safety purposes - this images brings a different perspective.  Looking from The Street with the Anniversary Halls behind you, you are looking towards the entrance of The 6 with Millenium Building to your right. 
We promise the next shot will be a close up so you can see how The 6 will blend when completed with the Chapel, the Millenium Building, the Sixth Form Library and School Block.

The new Millennium Building staircase

As part of the build of The 6, a new external staircase has been added on the end of the Millennium Building.  This will dramatically improve the flow of girls as they move to and from their lessons and making it speedier to get to those biscuits at break!  We have also revamped our two language labs at top of the Millennium Building - an added benefit for all girls.

The Warren is revealed

Previously home to Sixth Form Housemistress Mrs Alexander, the Warren will now house both Mrs Alexander and her family and the Foundation Office.  You will have seen the front of the house from the A281.  Once hidden by the Unit and the Barbara Platt building,  this distinctive building is now revealed and will be past daily by the girls on the way to The 6.  It will also welcome our alumnae and our girls when they visit to see the School archives. 

Tea and toast!

A first view of the girls' Common Room.  A vast social space where they can relax, chat, cook and just 'be'.  Day girls and boarders alike will enjoy the Common Room during the week and will soon have a fabulous social space to accompany their study space in the Speech Hall Library. 


The roof space!

As the build progresses and roof is increasingly watertight.  Interior work as begun in the roof space.

An active build site once again

We are delighted to have the team back at work and to see activity and progress day by day.  With careful social distancing measures the team are working externally and internally, as swiftly as they are able, to create The 6 for all our Sixth Formers.  

The St Cat's 'red brick' mirrored in The 6

With renewed energy and vigour, our builders Sunningdale have been making great strides and the brickwork on the sides of The 6 is rapidly encasing the building.  The 'red brick' reminiscent of School Block, Main School and the Chapel is purposeful - uniting all the School buildings on our campus. 

The builders are back on site!

Good news, Sunningdale our builders are back and working hard to make progress on The 6.  The roof is being finished and next steps are the external brickwork and the internal electrics. 

March 2020 - sadly, we've had to stop work

As we all are impacted by the global health crisis presented by Coronavirus, so too is The 6.  Our builders are unable to work and be safe so the site has been closed down.  We'll be up and running again as soon as we are able.  

Create the Future Campaign Update

If you'd like to find out more about our approach to the Campaign at the current time please go to the Development section of the website or contact Director of Marketing and Development, pippa.carte@stcatherines.info  Thank you.

The 6 stands waiting

The roof struts are on, the next stage is to make the roof watertight.  We hope that the builders may be able to start again at the end of May.  Watch this space ....

As the girls depart, the work on The 6 keeps going

The builders are make steady progress with the brickwork on the ground floor and the new Millennium Building staircase is nearing its final stages as the scaffolding comes down. 

A new team arrives on site.

Goodbye, stormy weather ... and hello bricklayers! Piles of bricks around the building are beginning to transform the look of The 6. Within only a short while of this photo being taken, two courses of bricks were in place.  


'Where's the Wheel?'

The St Cat's Association badge - given to all alumna - has been buried under the concrete on the 2nd floor.  Prep and Senior girls will be given a chance to place their 'X' to mark the spot they think is closest to the wheel.   They'll be a prize for the closest X!


The 2nd floor concrete base is secured

Where will the Association badge be found?  See our 'Where's Wally?' style competition idea for 'Where's the Wheel' below!

The concrete arrives and work begins

Let us go on .... rain doesn't stop play on The 6!

It's a big day today - the 6th of March - liquid concrete will be poured onto the top floor to set the concrete slabs in place.  This pouring process will take from 11am to about 7pm.  This is a job that can't stop and start!

In the spirit of the Senior School SpyRing game and Prep School delight in 'Where's Wally?', we've decided to conceal an Association badge within the concrete floor.   Our builders have confirmed no stability issues will arise from our 'Where's the Wheel?' challenge!  We'll provide a grid of the top floor and let the girls guess where it might be.  Our Architect and alumna Helen Whateley (year of 2006) will draw the prize at the end of term!

A bird's eye view on Wednesday 26th February

Our builders kindly agreed to take a few shots from the top of the crane. Here you can see the scale of The 6, the laid concrete floors and the insulation going in on the ground floor.  To the right is the A281 and on the other side of the road is the Bramley Grange. 

The front entrance

This angle clearly shows the 'swoosh' at the entrance of The 6 that mirrors the 'swoosh' at the front of the Centenary Building and the lower atrium of the Anniversary Halls.  Behind, the Centenary Building is visible as is a narrow sliver of grass which will become the Sixth Form garden area.

The cranes are putting in the 2nd floor

The concrete slabs are going down and on Friday the liquid concrete will be poured securing the 1st and 2nd floor.  Next the insulation cladding will be fitted and then the brick work begins. 


A close up look at The 6

While the girls are away on half term the work continues at full pace.

The School Archive has a new home

From next week The Foundation Office and the School Archive will have a new home in The Warren. To the right of the photo you will see the new two storey bay window, temporarily clad in purple. This marks the entrance to our new home.

We are excited to be able to house our extensive archive in a place where we will be able to invite alumnae, friends of the school, teachers and girls to explore it and where our ever patient and diligent archivists, Richard and Rosemary Christophers, will be able to continue their work cataloguing the wealth of wonderful items which tell the story of St Catherine's.

The first floor is in!

The floor planks have been laid and the concrete screed has set on the first floor of The 6.  On this floor the girls will enjoy comfortable bedrooms, bright modern bathrooms and a cosy snug for relaxing at the weekend. 

Less exciting perhaps but equally necessary, the builders have been applying the grouting to the steel frame!

Next week we hope to see some second floor planks being laid and the start of some brickwork.   We are making good progress and there will be no R&R for the builders over the Half Term - they'll be busy on site.

Winter Sun

As the seasons begin to change our colleagues in the Estates Department have captured this wonderful photo of the site.

By the time Spring starts on March 20th, The 6 will be well on its way to becoming the creative, collaborative hub of Sixth Form life. You can find out more about this exciting new collegiate space here


Back to school

Back to school for girls today as well as for our contractors who are in full swing on the building site.

The skeleton of The 6 is now clearly visible and we can see how the new building will relate to those surrounding it. It's already possible to imagine Sixth Form girls making their way from classes to lacrosse field, music lessons to supper and then back to The 6 Common Room to chat about their day with their housemates. 

Keep checking back for more updates as The 6 takes shape and our vision to Create the Future becomes reality.

Happy Christmas from The 6 site

We hope that you have had a peaceful Christmas and send you all good wishes for the New Year.

We look forward to sharing more photos from the building site with you as the steel frame is completed and the next exciting phase begins.

Rain will not stop play!

As rain clouds loom over The Warren the steels continue to rise. We are in awe of the construction team who have made such incredible progress this week despite the challenging weather conditions.

School is out and The 6 is taking shape. 

Today, December 13th,  things have begun to move very quickly! With the girls having left for the Christmas holidays, construction of the steel frame is in full swing.

As dusk begins to fall we can see old and new buildings next to each other and a new chapter in the story of St Catherine's begins to unfold.

Remember to check this page next week for a festive update from the building site!

Advent has begun and the sun is shining

The 3rd of December brought sunshine to the site as the builders create the frame for the building and lay the steel mesh that will reinforce the concrete floor which comes next!  

Pop back on Friday and we'll show you a picture of the steel frame as it begins to rise. 

On St Catherine's Day

It takes more than a little rain and grey clouds to dampen spirits on St Catherine's Day.  Ashcombe House triumphed, Cattern cakes have been consumed and the Gala Concert tune-ups will begin shortly. The 6 build has moved on too.  Look closely and you'll see the scaffolding on the Warren in readiness for the bay frontage to match the crenellated bay facing the A281.

Pipes and Cables     

With the weather improved and the foundations settling, we have a clear view across the site to The Warren and Bramley Grange beyond.

Cabling has now been laid and pipework for drainage has gone in. The Millenium block staircase is taking shape and we are beginning to be able to imagine the size and shape of The 6. 

Excitingly, trees will be being planted along the boundary wall this week and we look forward to sharing photos of this with you in our next update!

The foundations are laid

The rain has blurred our timelapse camera a little but in readiness for the steel frame you can now see the paths of the foundations being laid.  Protruding from the ground are the steel rods in readiness for the steel frame.  The large hole on the left hand side is for the lift shaft.

The girls are excited to see such progress.

Diggers clear the way

All sorts of new perspectives are opening up as the build continues. We will post one a week - we hope by January to see the steels up which will transform the site.

Two Become One

The earth mounds are reducing in size in preparation for half term works. 

Keep checking back - the next step is the steel frame of the building.  Alumna, Helen Whateley working on the project at IID Architects tells us it is at this point that we will really begins to really see the shape and scale of The 6.

Shorts in October!

It's hot work for the building team and shorts are being modelled as the groundworks are completed. See picture to the right! 

The tarmac driveway can be seen encroaching further into the site and the earth mounds and rubble will soon be cleared.

Next steps are fencing around the exterior of the site and then tree planting.  We are working flat out to ensure the trees can be planted whilst the weather, whilst inclement, isn't freezing!

Thank you to all our parents and alumnae who have vision and can 'see'  The 6.  Gifts to the Campaign have been growing and many parents have chosen to have a room 'named' in recognition of their support. If you'd like to be a part of the project, find out more here.

Making way for the builders

The size of the plot becomes clearer from this angle as the roadway is created in readiness for the builders. 

Knocking Through!

There is now a clear view through from The Street, across the building site ... to the petrol station beyond!

There's a real sense of space now and a feeling of growing excitement as the start date for the new build gets closer and closer.

Just the last bit to go!

The demolition crew are nearly there.  The Warren has been exposed and inside the internal works are already underway. 

The digger is poised to demolish the last bit of the Unit.  Skips are filled ready to head to the recycling units and there is a little scratching of heads over an underground cable that appeared unexpectedly!

The girls now back in School have a safe path between the Anniversary Halls and Millennium Building which is patrolled by DBS checked security staff. The next step is creation of a roadway for the builders.  And then The 6 begins!

In the 5.9 (a moniker coined by the girls!) temporary accommodation the new bedroom furniture is being tried and tested!

More of the Warren revealed

Demolition is on track!

The diggers and the skilled building team are working their magic.  The Barbara Platt building and the Unit have nearly disappeared and we can see glimpses of the Warren behind.  

As the old rooms disappear we come one step closer to envisaging the new boarding bedrooms named after inspirational women such as J K Rowling, Dr Marie Stopes, Dame Millicent Fawcett and Malala Yousafzai rooms.  

If you'd like to be part of the community of support for The 6 and consider donating to 'name' a room, you can find out more here.  You really can 'Create the Future' - who knows what our young women who'll experience The 6 will become.

The garden disappears

In readiness for the demolition the pond and statue disappear.  Not long now ....

A Glimpse of The Warren

As buildings start to be demolished there's a glimpse of The Warren between the buildings.

Moving ahead

The site gets clearer by the day ...

The site is being cleared

Bit by bit .... under clear blue skies ...

Instant impact!

The diggers have arrived and been busy.

A West Block Home Economics and RE Room are no more!

Meanwhile behind the camera, IT cables and fire alarm cables are being laid to connect to the Millennium Block, the Warren and The 6.

The 6 build begins

11th July end of term .... 16th July the demolition crew move in!

The Unit and Barbara Platt buildings have served their time, the diggers arrive on the 16th July to begin the journey to realise The 6 - our exciting modern new boarding accommodation and social space for day girls and boarders alike. 

Demolition will take 8 weeks, there is a big team and there will be lots of activity - keep popping back to see pictures of progress.

If you'd like to find out more about what The 6 will offer our Sixth Form girls click here.

If you'd like to support The 6 and be recognised in a room named after an influential woman, click here.

Leavers make their mark on 'Muck Up Day' 2019

Sixth Formers celebrate their last ever day of School!

Sixth Formers got the chance to 'decorate' their former home - The Unit and the Barbara Platt building.  With spray cans at the ready they made their mark!