Stonyhurst’s new Dining Refectory opens

30 Jan 2013

Stonyhurst’s new Dining Refectory was open for business for the first time on the first day of the Easter term, much to the delight of pupils, staff and the College’s catering team. The new dining area can seat 320 people and has state-of-the-art kitchen facilities. Designed by Preston architects Cassidy and Ashton, English Heritage has described the new building as “quietly modern – standing as an obvious addition to the complex without competing with Stonyhurst’s more historical elements.” Sandstone harmonises with the buildings around it, while modern zinc and aluminium panels resonate with the slate used elsewhere. The glass front has opened up beautiful views across the western approach to Stonyhurst and has created a light and spacious dining environment. Headmaster Andrew Johnson said: “We are absolutely delighted with this beautiful new facility, which will enhance the lives of all our pupils. I particularly like the wonderful views across the ponds to the grounds beyond.”