New Music School – Pupil Engagement

The architecture firm Tate+Co, who are leading the design process for the new Music and Performance Centre project, have been taking part in staff and pupil engagement sessions this week. They met with pupils in the DT department to discuss their preliminary designs, and pupils looked in detail at the architectural model used to explain how the new buildings and landscaping will work within the current site.

Pupils asked lots of interesting and engaging questions about the design process and were keen to understand how a project like this comes together, as well as asking pertinent questions relating to the new buildings, the layout and proposed materials.

The professional design team later moved on to the music department, where they consulted with some of the choristers, musicians and music staff to gain their feedback on the project so far, and they explained their sustainability objectives and the use of specialist acoustic consultants on the project.

The current music centre at Truro School is one of the biggest and busiest music departments in the South West of England and music is an integral, inclusive and highly valued part of the School’s culture. The school’s ambitious plan will create a new building to house the music department and refurbish the existing adjacent Assembly Hall to provide an improved performance venue to meet the school’s needs.

The new Centre will accommodate an exemplary array of high-quality facilities to serve their students and the local community, widening access to music making and musical experiences for the community beyond the School. The new Music & Performance Centre will host a range of concerts, individual instrumental or vocal lessons, student events and teaching classrooms all within flexible working spaces to optimise the facilities or events that can be held there.

Tate+Co has a deep understanding of delivering exceptional teaching spaces at educational institutions such as Cranleigh School and York St John University. They also have experience delivering high quality buildings in Cornwall for key, local organisations such as the Eden Project and Watergate Bay Hotel.

The consultation and engagement process is ongoing, and we are looking forward to sharing preliminary designs with the wider Truro School Community soon.