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18th Century Chislehurst mansion restored by Coopers Technology College

PUBLISHED: 15:34 07 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:34 07 June 2013

Bromley mayor, Cllr Ernest Noad, cuts the ribbon at Coopers' Mansion alongside principal Shirley Puxty and vice-principal Rob Carling.

Bromley mayor, Cllr Ernest Noad, cuts the ribbon at Coopers' Mansion alongside principal Shirley Puxty and vice-principal Rob Carling.

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An historic Grade II listed building in the grounds of a Chislehurst school has been restored back to its 18th Century best.

Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Ernest Noad, joined the principal of Coopers Technology College, in Hawkwood Lane, yesterday to re-open Coopers Mansion, which had fallen into a state of disrepair since it was first built more than 200 years ago.

Boasting former owners including an admiral and former baron of the exchequer, the mansion become the subject of a restoration project when the school became an academy in 2011 - receiving almost £3million worth of funding from the government.

The building now houses state-of-the-art facilities, including seven ICT teaching rooms, five multi-purpose classrooms and a new library.

Principal, Shirley Puxty, said: “I am delighted to have been able to resore one of the finest buildings in Chislehurst. Coopers will now be able to offer this accommodation and IT facilities to the local community so that they too can share its beauty.”

The school’s construction work continues with plans for a new arts block, having also raised £900,000 for the renovation of the English block which opened a fortnight ago.

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