Brock Carmichael is proud to announce that its plans for a world-class dining hall are becoming a reality.

Brock Carmichael won the bid through an open competition set by the school. As well as the most recent design of the new Dining Hall, Brock Carmichael has been contracted to carry out designs as part of an over-arching Ruthin School Masterplan. This 10 year masterplan expands the school with new boarding facilities, the new dining hall, a new 6th form centre, library and a performing arts facility.

Ruthin School site is located to the East outskirts of Ruthin adjacent to A494 Mold Road and to the West is Bryn Earl housing estate. The site is also most westerly ridge of the Welsh hills overlooking the plains of Denbighshire to the East.

Ruthin School traces its origins back to 1284 when Edward I built a castle and with it a garrison chapel which was later assimilated by St Peter’s Church, however the main building dates from the 1890’s.

The school is 4th in the UK for co-educational boarding examination results (

Chris Bolland, Managing Partner at Brock Carmichael who is leading the work at Ruthin School said; “The dining hall has been designed to take advantage of the magnificent views across the Welsh Hills. It’s character is intended to be similar to luxury restaurants across the world. Internal finishes will be of exceptional quality and design, similar in standard to the Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong. Floors are to be a mixture of carpeted and hard flooring, chairs are to be softly furnished and sound proofing is to be well designed as part of the interior theme.”

He added; “Students who attend the school are from 52 different countries so the kitchen has been designed to serve a variety of international cuisines to suit an array of religions and tastes with many students from East Asia. The client wished that the dining hall should be ‘a home away from home’.”


1: Ground floor dining hall      2: First floor relaxation & dining     3: Visualisation of the dining hall. Top: View of the hills during the dining hall construction