Breaking Ground for a New Pavilion

Posted on 8th Oct, 2021

There was much excitement at Christ Church Cathedral School this afternoon. Not only were we holding our annual Inter-House Cross Country Championships, but there was a ceremony to mark the official start of the building of a new pavilion.

Headmaster, Richard Murray, said “I am delighted that the new pavilion will rise, phoenix-like, from the ashes of the old.  It will be an elegant addition to the buildings of Oxford in an incomparable position in Christ Church Meadow. Our pupils and parents are looking forward to making use of this wonderful new facility on a day-to-day basis and we are extremely excited about the tournaments and charitable events that we will now be able to hold on the most beautiful playing fields in England.”

The existing pavilion was built in 1939 and was re-roofed in 1969.  Whilst it has served an important purpose for many decades, the time is now right for a replacement.  In keeping with Christ Church’s vision of a greener environment, the new pavilion will be built using sustainable materials with high insulation values, it will benefit from low energy lighting and low volume water usage, while enhancing the beauty of the area.

Peter Dickinson, Deputy Head and Director of Sport, said “This is truly going to revolutionise outdoor learning and sport at the School.”


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