Alfriston School

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Location: Buckinghamshire, England

Client: Alfriston School

Project Year: 2014

Cost: Over £2m

Alfriston School is a state-funded girls school with Academy status catering for secondary-age day and boarding for a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities between the ages of 11 and 18. Duggan Morris Architects were commissioned to replace an existing redundant swimming pool structure, with a new up to date facility.
The new pool building sits discreetly at the rear of the site, facing directly onto the greenbelt land. Intended to be a contemporary expression of the local pitched roof vernacular, but executed with subtlety, the design of the new pool enclosure envisages a raised timber structure, articulated by three repeated folded roof segments. The roof creates a dramatic internal landscape viewed from within the pool and also serves as an acoustic baffle thus preventing a high reverberation of sound, which is a crucial aspect of the brief. A 1m narrow glass strip around the edge of the building separates the pool roof from the rest of the base, reinforcing the apparent floating form. Thus the privacy of pool users is protected and the panoramic view preserved.

Alfriston is the recipient of numerous awards, including; RIBA National Award 2015, RIBA South Award 2015, RIBA South Client of the Year Award 2015 and a Civic Trust Award 2015.

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