West Oxfordshire District Council
The aim was to create a piece of high quality contemporary architecture within tight budget constraints; a public building with a civic presence, which sits well in its surroundings and makes a positive contribution to the adjacent school campus and surrounding area.
This dual use facility on a prominent site adjacent to the existing secondary school comprises a 25m 4-lane swimming pool with adjustable floor to allow varying water depths, a four court sports hall, fitness suite, dance studio and three squash courts as well as social and changing areas.
Daylighting is often severely restricted or excluded from swimming pools and sports halls as the problems associated with glare and reflections can be considerable. Our research into solutions secured the support of Sport England for an innovative approach which allows the sports hall and pool to function without artificial light during daylight hours.
We were appointed following a competitive interview process and, after a successful application to the Sports Lottery Fund, the scheme was awarded a £2 million grant.
2003 RIBA Award
2003 Civic Trust Award: Commendation