Artists add a touch of glass to school’s major refurbishment

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EXPERT glass artist Mark Harvey and his team are painstakingly restoring a stained glass window to be installed in the new-look Notre Dame High School in Sheffield.

The school is currently in the midst of a major overhaul being carried out by Vinci Construction UK, as part of Sheffield’s Building Schools for the Future project.

The refurbishment of the school has also involved the removal and restoration of a stained glass window which was designed by the artist Thomas Earley in 1935.

With more than 25 years’ experience on restoration work on churches and historical buildings, Park Glass Studios in Sprotbrough, Doncaster, is now carefully restoring the window to its original appearance.

A spokesman for Vinci Construction said: “The process is extremely detailed and time-consuming and will be carried out by professional and specialised craft workers.” Mr Harvey, owner and artist at Park Glass Studios, added:

“The stained glass window holds sentimental value to Notre Dame High school as the art on the window symbolises a religious narrative that reflects the school’s beliefs.

“It is rewarding to restore something that means so much to the school.”

Vinci Construction UK will complete the £8.6m Notre Dame project in February 2013.