Kings College Sports Centre Shortlisted for Brick Awards 2022
The new sports centre is an elegant and sensitive addition to the campus that is a testament to the school’s commitment to high quality buildings. Conceived as three pavilions, the buildings come together seamlessly, unified by a carefully considered blend of brickwork, and a sweeping zinc roof inspired by the water of the swimming pool beneath.
Responding to its context, the sports centre is designed to integrate sensitively into a constrained site located in the West Wimbledon Conservation Area in close proximity to adjacent Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings. The surrounding architecture encompasses a range of brickwork shades, bond patterns, ornamental stone and a mix of clay and slate roof tiles that is successfully complimented by the new material palette, a precise blend of three different Ibstock bricks: ‘Birtley Olde English Buff,’ ‘Birtley Olde English Grey’ and ‘Beamish blend.’
The new development is integrated with its historic setting while also introducing more modern construction materials, such as metal roof coverings and large expanses of glazing. The addition of the sculptured green roof helps the complex to blend sympathetically with the environment.
We hope that the judges will enjoy their visit next month and we look forward to the awards ceremony in November!
Architect – David Morley Architects
Brick Subcontractor - Grangewood Brickwork
Contractor – Knight Harwood
Structural Engineers – Price & Myers
M & E Engineers – Max Fordham
Photograph VMZinc ©photoarchitecture.com (Paul Kozlowski)