Coffee morning talk 162: Prison … or Perfection? The 1965 Cheltenham Grammar School Building (Robert Rimell)

Date(s) - 27th Nov 2017

Chapel Arts


Cheltenham Grammar SchoolThe Cheltenham Grammar School building which opened in 1965 was designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, considered to be one of the most important modernist architectural firms in post-war England (they also designed the Barbican estate).

At the time of its opening the building attracted many scathing comments; and it continues to do so, despite its demolition in 1996! However, its pedigree and provenance deserve examination, as does the sterling effort made by the headmaster of the period, Dr Bell, to bring it into existence. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but a significant building’s place in history can be as important as its look.

Robert Rimell is a retired architect and was born in Cheltenham in 1951. After spending most of his working life in Greater London, he returned to Cheltenham in 2015 in order to re-engage with the town that he loves. He attended Cheltenham Grammar School in the 1960s and it was the new 1965 building that had a profound effect on his choice of career.

coffee and cake

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