Dame Kelly Holmes opens new £2.5m boarding house at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham

6, December, 2012

Double Olympic Gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, was at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham on October 11 to officially open the school’s new £2.9 million boarding house, designed by HLM.  

Due to demand for places from London and surrounding areas, the school needed to increase its boarding provision. A state-of-the-art Lower Sixth House, Maddock House, the new Junior Boarding House is now home to over 70 girls aged 11-16. 

The ultra-modern facilities include one, two and three bedded rooms, a large sitting room with patio doors leading into the garden, a kitchen/diner, a full computer suite and Wi-Fi throughout.

Dame Kelly spoke to the students about how they can achieve the best in life.  She told them: “You can all have a dream and you can all say, ‘what I do now, I just want to be the best that I can be at it’. Achieving your goal takes hard work, dedication and a belief that you can do it.”

HLM was appointed as architects, interior designers and landscape architects for the provision of two new boarding houses in 2008. The first phase – Holmes House – completed in August 2011 providing 56 boarding places and which replaced an existing three storey block.

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