A new sports and IT teaching facility that blurs the visual boundaries between learning and sport. Environmentally innovative, the project sets a new vibrant image for the College campus. The building, which replaces an earlier, outdated gymnasium, provides the college with a new multi-use sports hall, a fitness studio and a suite of IT classrooms.
Combining two very different disciplines, Physical Education and Information Technology, a number of technical problems were overcome by the consultant team. Sustainable design principles and low-energy consumption are integral to the design with natural light and ventilation where possible, with a ground coupled cooling system under the external games pitch. Primary building materials used are at once functional and playful, boldly expressing the principle functions of the facility. Using an innovative timber panel technology, the nine month project was delivered on time and on budget without any disruption to the normal functioning of the college.
I clearly remember a sensation of mild disbelief when you walked around the original site… students of St Charles College will benefit for many years from the vision, ingenuity and skills of you and your colleagues. Paul O’Shea, Principal, St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College