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Town Close House School is a leading independent and co-educational preparatory school in the city of Norwich. Accommodated within a beautifully landscaped, fifteen-acre wooded site in Norwich’s Newmarket Road Conservation Area, the School has seen several phases of development in recent years. These include two extensions to the pre-preparatory school, an extension to the sports hall and a new swimming pool complex, in addition to renovations and repairs to the main school building.

Purcell designed a new teaching block to provide accommodation on two floors for classrooms with attached stores, a computer room, staff rooms, a library and toilets. Of traditional construction, the building uses Flemish bond brickwork with flat-gauge arches over openings, moulded timber sliding sash windows and slate roofing. It reflects the architecture of the main house and provides a light and friendly environment for teaching and learning.

The new sports pavilion and swimming pool complex provide an entrance hall, boys and girls changing rooms with direct access to the pools, and a boiler and machinery room at ground-floor level. Above, connecting viewing galleries overlook the pool and sports hall. Two classrooms for sport-related activities are also accommodated at first-floor level. The pool itself is 16.6 metres long and is linked to a shallow infants’ pool.

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