Students of Elmhurst School for Dance leap towards new accommodation
To resolve a demand for additional boarding premises in the vicinity of its Bristol Road premises in Birmingham, Elmhurst School for Dance is working with Calthorpe Estates, Birmingham-based architects St Paul’s Associates, and construction, design and management co-ordinator DBK to provide additional accommodation for its 6th form students.
The 30-bedroom accommodation, for students and two members of Elmhurst’s pastoral care staff, will be the redeveloped former police housing on the Tally Ho site, Pershore Road, Birmingham. It will offer a safe and secure environment within easy walking distance to the school. Elmhurst’s students come to Birmingham from all over the world to be educated and to train in all aspects of dance, and a comfortable living situation creates a smoother transition from home to a boarding environment.
The building will comprise of a mix of single and twin occupancy study/bedrooms with en-suite facilities. The students will relax in two common rooms and a large kitchen/dining area. The staff quarters will comprise of separate staff accommodation each including a bedroom, dining/kitchenette, bathroom and a living room.
Additional spaces will be a laundry and drying room, office space, meeting rooms, internet café for up to six people, storage rooms for suitcases, access to an external recreation area, a quiet room, first aid room and storage for maintenance equipment. The accommodation will meet the National Standards for Boarding Schools.
Jessica Ward, Principal of Elmhurst School for Dance said: “We have been working in partnership with Calthorpe Estates to create a new, close by, home for the school’s Sixth Form students which has been extremely exciting. Teams from all organisations involved have taken time to get to know the school which has really impressed me and the staff. We have worked hard to ensure the new scheme meets the students’ needs for living away from home and adds vibrancy to the local community.”
Tim Abbotts, Calthorpe’s Director of Estates said: “We have always had a close relationship with Elmhurst School for Dance over the years as they have been based on the Estate, so it was only natural they approached us when they were looking at their future expansion plans and need for additional student boarding accommodation. Fortunately we started looking for the right location two years ago with the aim of delivering for the spring term of 2014, which allowed us to identify a solution which was also helpful to another of our business customers – the police. We have taken a surrender of the police housing on the Tally Ho site which we will be redeveloping for Elmhurst. Despite being a tired 1960’s scheme, the site is ideal being within a short walk of the school and local amenities.”
Phil Powell of St Paul’s Associates added: “The project reinforces Calthorpe Estates’ commitment to sustainability in that it makes good use of an otherwise redundant block of maisonette flats. The 1960’s structure will be over clad to attain high levels of insulation with the aim of minimizing energy use and to create a striking appearance for the rejuvenated building.”
DBK has been appointed project manager, employer’s agent, quantity surveyor and construction, design and management co-ordinator (CDMC). The project management and cost consultancy was appointed to the scheme due to its previous experience of delivering student accommodation for Calthorpe Estate at the 30 bed Greenfield Crescent scheme in Edgbaston.
Stuart Clark, partner at DBK said: “The design and construction of student accommodation is becoming more complex and sophisticated as universities and schools continue to invest for the future. DBK has considerable expertise in delivering this type of project to the highest possible standards. We are delighted to play our role in ensuring the school continues to deliver to its own highest standards of dance training in the future.”
Graduating students of Elmhurst School for Dance go on to perform with dance companies all over the world, including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Balleto di Milano and National Ballet of Croatia.
Elmhurst School of Dance
Elmhurst’s boarding philosophy is to create an extension to home, and allow our students to Live, Dance and Learn. We expect students and staff living together to work and live within the Elmhurst Way: choose the right attitude, be there, have fun and make someone’s day. Elmhurst respects the individual needs our students, and we foster a caring and creative environment. We aim to support the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of each young person training to become an articulate, educated dancer. Elmhurst will provide safe, caring and happy surroundings that allows all students, regardless of background, language, gender, culture, social, racial and religious to benefit from the excellent education that the school has to offer.
Elmhurst employs staff who are skilled, dedicated and committed to the well-being and holistic development of all students. The overarching aim is to provide a happy, productive family atmosphere. The pastoral policies of the school, its facilities and boarding houses, the continuing improvement in the enrichment activities and the commitment to the training and development of the staff, all demonstrate a commitment to the long-term future of boarding at Elmhurst School.
Elmhurst School for Dance is the associate school of Birmingham Royal Ballet.