Alfriston School Swimming Pool by Duggan Morris Architects

Alfriston School Swimming Pool

Alfriston School Swimming PoolWon in January 2008 through an invited competitive tender and interview process, the project seeks to extend an existing sports department within a special needs girls school, in Buckinghamshire, to provide a new four lane swimming pool, changing facilities, gym, fitness suite and administration block.
Alfriston School Swimming PoolThe new building, sits discreetly at the rear of the site, facing directly onto green belt land, and ‘plugged’ into the rear of an existing gym facility, housed within a 1980’s built pitched roof building.
Alfriston School Swimming PoolThe design process has been intense over a year and a half, and has been developed in close collaboration with the school, parent governors, the local community and the pupils themselves.
Alfriston School Swimming PoolHowever, our involvement also extends to the wider issue of fund raising and consultancy on the school business plan, including potential class time tables, wider community use, life time and running costs as well as assisting in raising capital funding.
Alfriston School Swimming PoolHeavily influenced by the wide ranging body of advisors and stakeholders, we have nevertheless strived to maintain authorship for the building form which is intended to be a contemporary expression of the local pitched roof vernacular, but executed with subtlety and sophistication.
Alfriston School Swimming PoolThe resulting scheme design, envisages a floating timber hat, articulated by three pitched roof segments which open out to the rear, inverting the pitch; evocative of ripples within the pool.
Alfriston School Swimming PoolThis sculptural form, which is equally expressive internally, also serves as an acoustic baffle thus preventing a high reverberation of sound, which is a crucial aspect of the brief in consideration of the specific needs of the end users. Source by Duggan Morris Architects.
Alfriston School Swimming PoolLocation: Alfriston School, Buckinghamshire, UK
Architects: Duggan Morris Architects
Project Architect: Mary Duggan
Structural Engineers: Elliott Wood
Area: 750 m2
Value: £2,400,000
Year: 2014
Client: Alfriston School
Photographs: Jack Hobhouse
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