The inventor Sir James Dyson has donated £35m to his old fashioned in Norfolk.
The cash will fund the acquisition and restoration of Holt Hall, close to Gresham’s School, the place Sir James boarded from the age of 9.
Set in 85 acres, Holt Hall will home state-of-the-art services for pupils aged seven to 13.
A brand new prep faculty is because of open in September 2026.
Sir James stated he was “forever grateful” for the generosity Gresham’s confirmed when his father Alec Dyson, who taught classics there, died on the age of 43.
He and his brother had been supplied with a bursary, enabling them to proceed their research.
Sir James stated he was “pleased to be able to support the school and to see it shaping incredible young people who go on and flourish”.
He has now donated greater than £50m to the college. The Dyson STEAM constructing opened at Gresham’s final yr, following a earlier donation of £18.75m.
STEAM stands for science, know-how, engineering, arts and maths.
There will likely be a brand new wing at Holt Hall with a “mirrored external surface” that can “reflect the ancient woodland”.
“We will also restore the Victorian building and protect the surrounding ancient woodland for Gresham’s pupils to discover and learn in, adding state-of-the-art facilities,” Sir James stated.
The headmaster at Gresham’s, Douglas Robb, stated the donation represented a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to rescue Holt Hall and breathe new life into its grounds”.
He added: “No land will be sold off during this development and we will repurpose the prep school’s existing site to expand the senior school facilities.
“I’m notably grateful that Sir James has chosen to additional improve the college’s services and construct on the large success of the Dyson STEAM Building.”