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.
The polarisation of UK house building between
the major private house builders and the Housing Associations
has limited our involvement in this sector to one off bespoke designs
at the upper end of the market.
The concept design and the master planning of extensive
sites have also been carried out in the context of change of use
Environmental good practice informs all aspects of
our approach to building design. This is particularly apparent in
sector where awareness of these issues has grown significantly. WHp
endeavours to optimise fabric design, taking full advantage of passive
techniques before technological solutions are explored.