Ipswich High School boarding house refurbishment

This client was new to the boarding market and needed assistance and help with designing and setting up the whole facility.

Ipswich's Brief

Envoplan have worked with Ipswich High School on multiple projects. This independent girls’ school (located on the banks of the River Orwell) offers a first-rate education to girls between the ages of 3 and 18. The Grade II listed building, also known as Woolverstone Hall is a truly impressive learning environment. 
Ipswich High School commissioned Envoplan to create a new and improved reception area design,  incorporate timeless furniture and décor and with design to be in keeping with the prestigious Georgian building. 

Our Challenge

We were asked to develop a top quality interior design scheme for the reception area that was in keeping with the rest of the building, yet still provided a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere for students, parents and other stakeholders. 

Envoplan's Solution

Our stylish walnut veneer reception desk created a compact centre ‘zone’ within the new reception area whereby the school’s receptionist is ready to welcome anyone who enters the school. 
We installed superior quality leather sofas with low tables and storage units. The light green walls help to create a calming atmosphere, whilst the dark walnut veneer desks and brown leather chesterfield sofas give the space a sophisticated, elegant feel. 
The sofas are in a prime location close to the magnificent windows meaning that anyone waiting in the space can enjoy the gorgeous view over the rolling Parkland down to the river. 


We were thrilled to have been part of this project after the BSA announced its Boarding House Extension or Refurbishment Award – WINNER went to Ipswich High School.

The BSA judges said it was: “An incredible transformation which has breathed life into old buildings. The décor and the modern furniture complement the buildings’ original quirky features and makes use of all available space. Of particular note are the platform sleeping areas. This boarding house would not look out of place in Architectural Digest!

Mark Howe, Head of Ipswich High School, said of this fantastic achievement “We were proud to be shortlisted as Finalists, but to win the award truly recognises how much hard work has been put into creating an extraordinary accommodation and experience for our boarding pupils.


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