High drama as Barrie’s school work pays off

PUBLISHED: 10:01 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

The school’s new theatre

The school’s new theatre

A TRANSFORMATION of a school hall, which has been turned into a theatre, has led to the project leader winning an award. The Clarissa Farr Theatre, which was built within the shell of Queenswood School s Great Hall, came second in a national award. It sco

A TRANSFORMATION of a school hall, which has been turned into a theatre, has led to the project leader winning an award.

The Clarissa Farr Theatre, which was built within the shell of Queenswood School's Great Hall, came second in a national award.

It scooped the Brookmans Park school's clerk of works, Barrie Owens, a Building on Quality Award.

The theatre was opened by former 'Queenswoodian', actress Helen McCrory, in 2005 and was shortlisted against seven other prestigious projects throughout the UK for the refurbishment category in the Building on Quality Award.

Criteria for the award included the quality of the design, use of materials, standard of finish and enthusiasm and knowledge of the clerk of works managing the individual project.

Mr Owens, who has been at the school for 22 years and was in charge of the building of the £1.8m 208-seat theatre, said: "I am thrilled for the school to get recognition for such a fabulous building.

"The competition was extremely fierce.

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