PRODUCT NEWS
HawkinsBrown complete timber pool facility for 'swimming among the trees'
23 Nov 2017 . BY Kim Megson
The space has been designed as 'a welcoming retreat that engages with the mature woodland setting through the use of natural materials and colour schemes'
Photo: Jack Hobhouse
Architects HawkinsBrown have completed an elegant timber pool hidden among the trees for a school in the English county of Surrey.

Swimmers using the 25m, six-lane competition pool can view the surrounding woodland through a series of windows integrated into the building’s timber frame.

The architects used off-site fabrication methods to create the facility for Freemen’s School in the village of Ashtead, which replaces a previous pool building destroyed by a fire in 2014.

“The space is a welcoming retreat that engages with the mature woodland setting through the use of natural materials and colour schemes,” said HawkinsBrown partner Adam Cossey.

“The deep columns of the all-timber construction and wrap-around glazing afford direct views from the water into the woodland, giving the sense of swimming amongst the trees.”

Fit out contractor Gilbert-Ash worked on the project, forming the building’s glue-laminated timber (glulam) portal frame, which is braced with cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. According to the design team, the choice of the material was made in response to the need for a fast, efficient, carbon-neutral method of construction and a building that is resilient, insulates and is resistant to corrosion.

To minimise its impact on the school’s Grade II-listed landscape, the lower ground floor is partially submerged, moulding the structure into the surrounding scenery. The highest point of the gently pitched roof identifies the main entrance.

Inside, the natural internal surface of the roof and walls are left exposed and stained white, acting as “a complementary feature to the external setting that helps to create a special environment to swim in".

The frame, walls and roof were completed in just over three weeks, with the interior pool, changing facilities and multi-purpose teaching and events space following. The entire project – built in collaboration with structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan, landscape designer BD Landscape and arboriculturalist TreeLine – was delivered in one year.

The swimming pool marks the second phase of a four-stage campus masterplan by the City of London, which HawkinsBrown is delivering for the school.

Completed in 2014, the first phase saw the delivery of a new music school and a boarding house for 60 pupils. Future plans include the refurbishment of the Grade II* Listed Main House, a new playground and enhancements to the landscaping of the school grounds.

A number of developers have started to see the potential of swimming pools situated in woodland sites. Projects in the pipeline include a green-roofed aquatic centre surrounded by trees on the west coast of France, designed by architects Agence Search, and a swimming and leisure facility in a tree-filled park in Derby, UK, designed by FaulknerBrowns.
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2018

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - Hawkins/Brown Architects LLP: HawkinsBrown complete timber pool facility for 'swimming among the trees'
20 Jul 2018 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Product news

23 Nov 2017

HawkinsBrown complete timber pool facility for 'swimming among the trees'

Supplier: Hawkins/Brown Architects LLP
More Hawkins/Brown Architects LLP details


HawkinsBrown complete timber pool facility for 'swimming among the trees'

The space has been designed as 'a welcoming retreat that engages with the mature woodland setting through the use of natural materials and colour schemes'
photo: Jack Hobhouse
Architects HawkinsBrown have completed an elegant timber pool hidden among the trees for a school in the English county of Surrey.

Swimmers using the 25m, six-lane competition pool can view the surrounding woodland through a series of windows integrated into the building’s timber frame.

The architects used off-site fabrication methods to create the facility for Freemen’s School in the village of Ashtead, which replaces a previous pool building destroyed by a fire in 2014.

“The space is a welcoming retreat that engages with the mature woodland setting through the use of natural materials and colour schemes,” said HawkinsBrown partner Adam Cossey.

“The deep columns of the all-timber construction and wrap-around glazing afford direct views from the water into the woodland, giving the sense of swimming amongst the trees.”

Fit out contractor Gilbert-Ash worked on the project, forming the building’s glue-laminated timber (glulam) portal frame, which is braced with cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. According to the design team, the choice of the material was made in response to the need for a fast, efficient, carbon-neutral method of construction and a building that is resilient, insulates and is resistant to corrosion.

To minimise its impact on the school’s Grade II-listed landscape, the lower ground floor is partially submerged, moulding the structure into the surrounding scenery. The highest point of the gently pitched roof identifies the main entrance.

Inside, the natural internal surface of the roof and walls are left exposed and stained white, acting as “a complementary feature to the external setting that helps to create a special environment to swim in".

The frame, walls and roof were completed in just over three weeks, with the interior pool, changing facilities and multi-purpose teaching and events space following. The entire project – built in collaboration with structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan, landscape designer BD Landscape and arboriculturalist TreeLine – was delivered in one year.

The swimming pool marks the second phase of a four-stage campus masterplan by the City of London, which HawkinsBrown is delivering for the school.

Completed in 2014, the first phase saw the delivery of a new music school and a boarding house for 60 pupils. Future plans include the refurbishment of the Grade II* Listed Main House, a new playground and enhancements to the landscaping of the school grounds.

A number of developers have started to see the potential of swimming pools situated in woodland sites. Projects in the pipeline include a green-roofed aquatic centre surrounded by trees on the west coast of France, designed by architects Agence Search, and a swimming and leisure facility in a tree-filled park in Derby, UK, designed by FaulknerBrowns.


Supplier: Hawkins/Brown Architects LLP
London UK
We are an internationally-renowned award winning practice of over 250 architects, interior designers, urban designers and researchers.

Web: www.hawkinsbrown.com
More Hawkins/Brown Architects LLP details

Product news
Elemis partners with Lily & Lionel to support Breast Cancer Care    18 Jul 2018

Elemis partners with Lily & Lionel to support Breast Cancer Care

Elemis has partnered with Lily & Lionel to create a new limited edition version of its Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm to support Breast Cancer Care.

Thalion debuts exclusive colour-change technology in new face mask   16 Jul 2018

Thalion debuts exclusive colour-change technology in new face mask

Marine skincare brand Thalion has launched a brand new face mask, which features patented technology to signify when it needs to be removed.

WhiteWater makes waves with new Splash Factor tool   13 Jul 2018

WhiteWater makes waves with new Splash Factor tool

WhiteWater West has developed a brand new online tool that claims to optimise the 'splash factor' in waterparks.

Thin Waters Design launches visual relaxation experience   12 Jul 2018

Thin Waters Design launches visual relaxation experience

Swiss design company, Thin Waters Design has launched the Wave Dream Multicolour (WDM); a visual relaxation experience that displays calming images of water onto the walls and ceiling.

Yon-Ka combines aromachology and wellness with new treatments   06 Jul 2018

Yon-Ka combines aromachology and wellness with new treatments

Parisian skincare brand, Yon-Ka, has developed a range of aromatherapy treatments and products inspired by the provinces of France.

Deep Nature unveils exclusive skincare range   05 Jul 2018

Deep Nature unveils exclusive skincare range

Spa consultancy firm Deep Nature has developed a range of skincare using proven active ingredients to target different skincare concerns.

Sothys Athletics combines beauty and exercise   03 Jul 2018

Sothys Athletics combines beauty and exercise

Sothys has named professional tennis player Caroline Garcia as a brand ambassador for its new Athletics range.

7thSense scoops Venue Project of the Year at Install Awards 2018   03 Jul 2018

7thSense scoops Venue Project of the Year at Install Awards 2018

Media server specialist 7thSense Design has been honoured in the 2018 Install Awards.

Company profile


Ridgeway Furniture Manufacturing Limited

Our commitment is to manufacture and install all products directly to clients, fully meeting and beating their expectations.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Matrix S-Force Performance Trainer proves hard to resist

Matrix S-Force Performance Trainer proves hard to resist

Matrix Fitness, the commercial division of Johnson Health Tech, is redefining athletic training and HIIT with the launch of its S-Force Performance Trainer. More>>




in this issue

• 'Action needed' on £21bn leisure plan
• PureGym acquires London's Soho Gyms
• Travelodege launches 'budget chic' brand



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)
Salary: Up to £10.20 per hour
Location: Ealing, London, UK
Company: GLL
Cook
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Kent, England, UK
Company: Mytime Active
Apprentice Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)
Salary: Up to £21,284 per annum
Location: Ealing, London, UK
Company: GLL
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




24 Apr - 26 Nov 2018

MAPIC Russia

Expocentre, Moscow, Russia


29-31 Jul 2018

Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, United States



Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1
Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Talking Point: Cruise control
The cruise industry is expanding, but concerns are growing about pollution More>>
  Thermal Spa: Taking the waters
Magali Robathan met the key people behind the Gainsborough Bath Spa More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2015 issue 1

Leisure Management
2015 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Wellness: Township Yogi
The innovative project using yoga to spread peace and wellbeing to deprived communities in South Africa More>>
  Sport: Pitch perfect
The first ever UK city of football More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd