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School sports provision within the Green Belt

A new sports pavilion and changing block providing much needed modern facilities for Shrewsbury House Preparatory School.

The sports fields site for Shrewsbury House School is approximately 3.7 hectares of mainly open sports pitches within a Green Belt off Almshouse Lane. The existing accommodation comprises a number of individual buildings built at separate times and bearing little relationship with one another. Working closely with the School and Planning Authority a masterplan proposal formed which has a new sports pavilion at its heart.

The challenge

For Shrewsbury House School, sport is a significant component of the curriculum. With the sports pitches having recently been refurbished to competition standard the associated sports accommodation was inadequate to service them. Having developed over a number of years the result was a series of buildings located in an ad hoc fashion, used ineffectively and in poor condition.

The masterplan proposal improves the Green Belt setting seeking to consolidate as well as reduce the built form and provide a modern clubhouse facility and much needed sports changing rooms. A key component of the brief was the extended and community use with the new facilities designed to accommodate local adult and child sports clubs and wider community functions.

The big idea

The site wide masterplan proposal marries the opportunities and constraints of the site with the Trust’s brief to provide space that supports high quality physical education and to extend the schools sporting offer whilst engaging with the local community.

Two new single storey buildings are proposed to replace the existing various dilapidated buildings providing a centralised modern sports pavilion. Introducing a profiled roof over the multifunctional main space, not only allows the integration of photovoltaic panels into the south facing elements whilst bringing North light into the hall, the visual impact is reduced and permits views across the site.

Vehicle access to the site is significantly improved with the introduction of a new road off the existing Chessington World of Adventures car park access road which is adjacent to the site. Vehicle parking numbers will be increased, including dedicated parking for coaches within the site, and the layout improved to be more in-keeping with the Greenbelt setting.

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Project Summary

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Morph Structures
M&E Engineer: Max Fordham LLP
Landscape Architect: BD Landscape Architects
Cost Consultant: Stockdale
Acoustic Engineer: Max Fordham LLP

Additional services

The School has three separate sites, Shrewsbury House Preparatory School, this sports site on Almshouse Lane and the Pre-preparatory School. Hawkins\Brown were commissioned to develop masterplans for all of three. The aim of the masterplan approach is to ensure the entire school estate is developed in a holistic way to address the short, medium and long term aims.

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