It was also necessary for the design to adhere to Sport England Optimum Package standards.
The external design allows the school to develop their vision of creating useable spaces externally with consideration to landscape plazas to the south and east of the development. A balanced combination of hard and soft landscape design has been incorporated to suit the building’s scale and function. Careful consideration has been given to the layout of the building to ensure potentially noisy areas are located away from the nearby residential properties. The timber style appearance was chosen to fit in with the surrounding tree landscape design and site boundary. The red brick of the fitness and dance studios enables a joined up approach with the existing buildings on site. To meet the needs of the high level of activity, a facing block was integrated into the design to provide a natural but robust treatment.
Internally, the design provides a secure lobby entrance through to a main foyer. Corridor links lead directly to changing rooms, sports facilities and dance and fitness studios. These corridors have been designed to maintain a direct approach for pupils and minimise travel distances. Natural ventilation has been used where possible. A mechanical system has been placed on the roof to provide a fully compliant building design. This system is surrounded by high walls of timber effect, masonry and louvres to lower noise levels whilst maintaining an aesthetic appearance to the building elevations.