The Swimming Pool at Hayes Primary School in Kenley was built by the local community in the 1970s as a stand-alone building in the playing field. Following the construction of an additional classroom block in 2003, the school were keen to connect the facility to the school building and provide a new community access point and facilities for use by disabled pupils. The project was funded from LB Croydon’s Schools Access Initiative Fund (SAIF) and from the school’s devolved funding.
The extension comprises a ramped connection between the buildings, a new hygiene room, and changing facilities as well as a small viewing gallery. Externally the main design idea was to incorporate a large projecting parapet that accentuates the entrance and shields the large and unsightly roof to the original 1970’s structure thereby giving the appearance of an entirely new building. Internally the design centres around a tiered stage that gives structural support for the roof, while also serve as shelving for visiting children to leave their shoes and seating for parents to wait with a view of the pool.
- Client: London Borough of Croydon
- Stakeholder: Hayes Primary School
- Date: 2010-2011
- Contract Value: £209k
- Design Team: Nick Hayhurst, Jonathan Nicholls, Lizzie Ruinard
- Contractor: Woodbar
- Photo Credit: Kilian O'Sullivan