The original swimming pool, no longer adequate in
environmental terms or competition dimensions, is replaced by a new
25 metre, 6 lane, level deck pool located in the space between the
north wing and the squash courts. The two storey volume vacated by
the original pool is now divided by a new floor into changing rooms
and a studio theatre at the lower level, and a new music department
at the upper.
Substantial noise control measures are
required to accommodate this department successfully in the heart
of the building. Floating box construction eliminates sound transfer
in either direction, whilst perimeter spaces borrow daylight and
enjoy views through the quadrangle atrium and the new swimming pool.
This phase of development has solved several long
standing problems whilst adding further interest.
Commercial projects have formed the core of the
practice workload for a number of years. These include High Street
Banks, Hotels, Company Headquarters and Major Logistics facilities.
WHp is aware of the financial imperatives of this
sector and endeavours to inject design quality, where a return on
investment can be demonstrated. We feel it is vital not to lose site
of the intangible benefits to customers and staff of an uplifting