West London girls school receives planning for flexible sports facilities
Planning approval has been awarded to the Godolphin and Latymer sports building scheme designed by Walters & Cohen, providing modern and flexible sports spaces for the pupils. Walters & Cohen was originally appointed in 2010 to develop a masterplan, helping to clarify whether any building stock could be demolished, what could replace it, where to build new facilities and how to prioritise and phase the building programme. Construction is expected to start in July 2014.
The new sports building meets the constraints of a tight, sensitive site in a conservation area. The Godolphin and Latymer School site is located within the Bradmore Conservation Area and the new sports building has been designed to meet the constraints of a tight, sensitive site, within the curtilage of listed buildings.
The new building will provide a new four-court sports hall, a fitness suite and dance studio along with a new classroom and office facilities. The external fabric of the building has been carefully designed to allow the building to be naturally ventilated and naturally lit whilst creating optimum conditions for a wide variety of sports.
The upper walls of the building will be formed in flemish-bond brickwork, with a series of vertical recesses, linear windows and pre-treated copper louvres arranged to create a non-uniform pattern across the façade.
Michál Cohen, Director at Walters & Cohen said: “We are delighted to have received planning approval for this project within the curtilage of the many listed buildings on the Godolphin and Latymer school site and within the Bradmore conservation area. The school and governors have been very supportive of our proposals and we look forward to delivering a state-of-the-art sports facility at the school.”