Oundle School is the third largest independent co-educational day and boarding school in England providing education for over 1100 students. The centre is part of a wider Sports MasterPlan and will provide over 5000 m2 of space, with the ground floor at just over 4000 m2 and the first floor 1300 m2. The majority of the project was constructed using cross laminated timber (CLT ) panels, pre-fabricated to provide a high quality of finish and allow a fast construction process. The new sports centre will be a unique facility in the School, in that it will provide the indoor sports accommodation for the pupils, but will also allow access to the community through a membership scheme.
Designed by Saunders Boston Architect, the new sports centre will accommodate a fifty metre swimming pool, an eight court sports hall offering adaptable playing space for a range of sports, as well as the opportunity for whole school assemblies through use of retractable seating, a separate fitness suite with up to seventy stations, a dedicated dance studio and three further multipurpose studios. The project uses a natural ventilation system to the sports hall and has both Photovoltaic Cells and a thermal hot water system as part of the renewal energy systems within the building.
“The Sports MasterPlan gives us a rare opportunity to resource a modern, thoughtful vision of sport as part of an education which informs our pupils’ lives long after they have left.”