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Cheltenham Grammar School Princess Elizabeth Way site

On 28th April 1965, the boys moved from the High Street into their new school on Princess Elizabeth Way.
4 Dec 2020
Princess Elizabeth Way site 1965-1996
Princess Elizabeth Way site 1965-1996

Two years earlier in July 1963, after months of planning and appeals for money, the Foundation Stone had been laid. This stone along with the 1993 Foundation Stone, can now be found under the statue of Richard Pate in the quad.

The new 1965 building had a reinforced concrete structure with high-alumina cement used in the concrete mix (this was probably because it made the concrete set much faster, therefore reducing cost). Unfortunately, this type of cement resulted in the concrete becoming porous over the years and moisture gradually crept in, corroding the steel reinforcement within. This led to a catastrophic loss of strength in the structure! After barely thirty years, the building was demolished.

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