Alfriston School, Beaconsfield 03.09.15


The swimming pool building and winner of a 2014 Wood Award will be focus of a seminar at next month’s UK Construction Week in Birmingham

At next month’s UK Construction Week in Birmingham, a series of seminars will focus on case study examples of timber use across the UK, including Duggan Morris Architects’ swimming pool building at Alfriston School.

Alfriston School caters for 120 girls with a range of special educational needs and disabilities. Its new swimming pool building is enclosed by a beautiful multi-faceted timber structure, its innovative shape a direct yet imaginative response to the requirements of the brief.

The new building with its 16.5m-long pool is linked to the existing gym, connecting it back to the main buildings; it extends on a sloping site into the school playing field area.

Poised on a series of steel columns, three pitched and tapered roofs span the entire pool and turn down at the edges in a series of fractured triangular gables, like a complex origami hat. This dramatic and innovative form was designed as a contemporary expression of the local pitched roof vernacular, linking it to the traditional school buildings alongside.

Timber was the logical and most economical choice for the structure of the new pool for its qualities of natural sound absorption and its ability to cope with the humid and aggressive atmosphere of a pool environment. It was also the ideal material for off-site prefabrication of the structure.

Hear more about the project at UK Construction Week, which takes place from 6-11 October. Click here to read Icon’s original article about Duggan Morris’ Alfriston swimming pool building



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