Alfriston School Swimming Pool
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Duggan Morris Architects
Skelly and Couch
Appleyard and Trew
APPROVED BUILDING CONTROL INSPECTOR
Butler & Young
Alfriston School is a specialist sports college in Buckinghamshire. The design team was commissioned to replace an existing swimming pool with a new, up-to-date facility. The project developed to include a refurbished gymnasium, new, enlarged changing facilities, staff offices and a fitness suite. The new pool building is also open to the local community. The folded roof creates a dramatic internal landscape and also serves as an acoustic baffle, thus preventing a high reverberation of sound. A continuous glazing strip provides panoramic views, while the roof’s exposed timber elements create a visual counterpoint to the woodland nearby.
All aspects of this visually and functionally highly attractive project were subject to careful sustainability assessments, with choices being driven by selections that were advantageous from a sustainability viewpoint but which met all the performance requirements. Demonstrates how focussing on sustainability need not compromise the design.