Mackenzie Wheeler’s design for a swimming pool in the grounds of Feltonfleet School
Mackenzie Wheeler has won planning permission for a new swimming pool and sports building at Feltonfleet School in Cobham, Surrey. The pool complex is the latest in a series of projects by Mackenzie Wheeler that include educational and leisure/spa themes.
The architect was engaged by the school to draw up a masterplan to guide the development of the estate over the next five years.
The level of the pool hall is gauged to visually link, through large glazed screens, to the existing gardens. The main pool hall dominates the form of the new building, which is designed with a shallow single pitched roof to match the gentle slope of the Byfleet Road, minimising the volume of the building and its impact on this north elevation.
Practice principal, Rupert Wheeler, says: “This simple form and its horizontal emphasis juxtaposes powerfully with the strong vertical nature of the mature trees immediately to the south. It was fundamental to the design of the building that it should not compromise the stature and beauty of these trees.”