£2.4m Seaglass Centre Opens

The Seaglass, Thorpe Hall School’s new £2.4m sports and events centre was opened by five-time Olympic medallist Max Whitlock MBE at the school’s Autumn Open Day in November.

The much-anticipated and well-attended occasion brought families and visitors – including MP’s, councillors, local Headteachers, the school’s pupils and alumni and many Thorpe Bay residents – out in their hundreds to tour of the school’s flagship facility, and to see Britain’s most successful gymnast mark the occasion.

The Seaglass Centre, named because the building’s exterior polycarbonate finish resembles the changing tones of natural seaglass, was designed by Southend based architects SK Design to fulfil the diverse and growing needs of the school and other local clubs and groups. Planning consent was granted in 2016 and in January 2018, contractors from the Darwin Group broke ground.

In his speech, Headteacher Andrew Hampton said: “What we have in The Seaglass is a state-of-the-art building which will become iconic in the landscape and culture of Southend and South Essex. It represents another huge leap forward in the facilities and educational provision at Thorpe Hall School as well as providing an outstanding multi-use space for community clubs, groups, functions and events”.