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LEISURE & SPORTS FACILITIES PROJECT REPORT


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The new building and the existing swimming pool now share a common reception point


The adjoining areas of the overall building contain a 12 metre climbing wall, a 60 metre sprint track, a 200-station fitness suite, seven squash courts, a martial arts dojo and two dance studios. There’s also space for table tennis, archery and fencing, while other sections are home to a hydrotherapy pool, private consulting rooms and specialist physiother- apy and sports massage services.


Distinct volumes


A single structure playing host to so much activity could have become a soulless, cavernous monster. But Roberts reveals: “A key idea we had was to break up the build- ing into distinct volumes, inside and out. That was very important.”


One of those distinct volumes is the Pavilion, a three-storey glass-fronted area that wraps itself around one corner of the main sports hall. Here is where you’ll find the DRSV’s entrance – a full-building-


height atrium space that also hosts the climbing wall. However, even within the Pavilion there are further sub-divisions housing a cafe, the sprint track, specialist strength and condi- tioning facilities and, high up on the top floor, the fitness suite, covering 1,200 m2


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Another volume, roughly on the footprint of the centre’s now-demolished predecessor, is filled by the dance studios and dojo. The squash courts and a flexible-use zone for archery, table tennis and fencing are two further distinct sections within the overall structure. Externally, to reduce the mass of the building, its component sections have differ- ent, stepped roof levels, while a range of facade materials also helps. The Pavilion is largely glazed, the area occupying the footprint of the former sports centre features a simple black aluminium panel cladding and the main sports hall has a light-grey aluminium cladding.


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