The Next Step: The Old School
In 2016 we completed the third stage of our project to bring our remarkable series of Grade II listed buildings back into productive, community use. We are now turning our attention to the fourth and final phase: restoring the former Keld School.
The Keld School building was opened in 1842, and served as a rural village school through until closure in 1973. After that it became a bunkhouse, used by visitors from all over the country. But since 2001, the school has remained out of use, and deteriorating. We now want to build on our success with the Manse and Literary Institute by refurbishing the school building, and finding new productive uses for it.
We have commissioned Overtons Architects, who worked with us on the refurbishment of the Upper Room, to draw up initial concepts for the Old School. Our outline plan is to provide residential accommodation for a project worker or volunteers, together with a multipurpose space which can be used to enhance the offer to groups visiting Keld. But we are open to further suggestions and ideas as the project develops.
You can see Overtons' initial drawings here. Please do send us your thoughts.