Alfriston School Swimming Pool, Buckinghamshire – Projects

Alfriston School Swimming Pool,


Elliott Wood provided the structural and civil engineering design input to realise the ambitious and striking swimming pool design by Duggan Morris Architects for Alfriston School.

A state-funded day and boarding school for girls, Alfriston caters for pupils with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities between the ages of 11 and 18. In 2009, it was transformed into a sports college and to reflect this, the existing sports facilities were consolidated into a fully integrated sports department defined by a single block. Part of this consolidation was the replacement of the derelict swimming pool.

The completed building is a simple beautiful form created from a series of repeating triangular panels raised above the ground to allow views out and glimpses in. The roof is constructed almost wholly from timber and sits on steel piloti above a reinforced concrete sub structure. Elliott Wood worked in collaboration with Duggan Morris Architects and M&E engineers Skelly and Couch to complete this highly complex and commended building that serves students, staff and the general public.

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