Kings College School
I think the planning result is testament to the excellent team/ client working relationships that we have all created. It is also a product of the sensible and sometimes robust debate between all of us to achieve what I think is going to be an excellent product.”
Founded in 1829 by royal charter, King’s College Wimbledon in south west London, is an independent day school for boys aged 7-18 and girls aged 16-18. It ranked as the country’s top performing boys’/co-educational independent school in The Sunday Times. The project comprised a mix of new buildings and the remodelling of existing facilities on the school’s 20-acre site in Wimbledon.
The complex comprises three linked pavilions, with a six-court sports hall and a six-lane, 25m swimming pool flanking a two-storey central pavilion housing the reception, changing rooms, viewing galleries, a strength and conditioning suite, gym and an exercise studio that can function as two workout areas via a bi-folding partition. The project included the building of six new tennis courts and three cricket nets.
“Our vision for the design was to create a new building that had excellent visual connections between indoors and outdoors to encourage physical activity among pupils, while seamlessly connecting the old facilities with the new,” says partner David Morley.
As such, the swimming pool has glazing on three sides, large windows in the gym give views over the grounds and users can see into both the sports hall and swimming pool from the reception.
Located in the West Wimbledon Conservation Area and bordered by Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings, DMA has designed the sports complex to be sensitive to its setting with a sculptured green roof helping it to blend in with the surroundings.
A new colonnaded lobby links the new building to the existing squash courts and sports hall to create a single sports complex.
“We have invested more than £50m over 10 years to enhance our teaching and learning facilities and the new sports complex is the final piece in the jigsaw. Sport is a very important part of King’s offering. The school has grown exponentially over the years and with over 1,400 students our existing facilities needed to be refreshed and extended,” says Anna Maria Clarke, Bursar at King’s.
“DMA were excellent partners on this project and overcame the challenge of integrating the new centre with the old building. The result is a sports complex that is intuitive, easy to navigate and which has been extremely well received by both students and the public.”
The King’s Club, which operates the sports complex for the public outside of school hours, has seen an increase in new memberships following the launch of the new facilities. With all surplus generated gift aided to the school’s bursary fund, the King’s Club is on track to increase its contributions to assist those pupils who require fee assistance to attend King’s.
The new sports complex is the final project in King’s master plan, with former projects including a new music school and classroom block.
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