Blaze-hit college bids to rebuild house

Blaze-hit college bids to rebuild house

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MALVERN College has put in a new planning application to rebuild a boarding house that was gutted by fire last spring.

The Number Six House, off Thirlstane Road, was badly damaged in the blaze on April 10, which destroyed the housemistress’s accommodation and the dining hall.

A planning application for rebuilding the house was submitted by the college in June and approved by Malvern Hills District Council in
August.

However, the latest application contains detailed information about the restoration work which was not available before, including details of fittings such as staircases and fireplaces.

The house dates from 1871, is grade two listed, and situated in a conservation area.

It was designed by Malvern architects George and Henry Haddon, who also designed various houses around Malvern, as well as the Lower Wyche school. The fire took place while the building was empty
for the Easter holidays, and no one was injured.

More than 70 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze, the cause of which has never been determined.

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