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Designcubed completes £5.5m school sports centre

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Designcubed has completed this sports and education complex at Beaumont School in St Albans


The £5.5 million project marks the completion of the second stage in the secondary school’s estate masterplan. 

The school had been struggling with a congested access point, a shortage of classrooms and ageing sports facilities and is the most over-subscribed in St Albans. 

The practice, which was briefed to deliver more classrooms, a new sports facility, conference facilities and a community gym, has reoriented the school and created a series of roof pitches that link it the new with the old. 

The scheme has created a new reception area and glazed entrance for the school reached from the main road. 

It also includes 11 new classrooms – nine with vaulted ceiling for general teaching and two specialist IT rooms – a fitness suite, a café, a four court sports hall, and an external amphitheatre. 

Beaumont School by Designcubed

Beaumont School by Designcubed

Architect’s view 

Inspiration for the design was taken from the original 1930s red brick school building. We have used Morton Red Multi brick in the new building to reference this, and included a graphite colour zinc roof both for its aesthetic value and also for its longevity and easy maintenance. Traditionally, sports halls dominate in a complex of buildings, with a vast expanse of solid facades. We have remedied this by wrapping the classrooms around the majority of the new sports hall. The sports hall facades have then been masked with vertical oak timber cladding and Stone Grey render to soften the mix of materials and help the building blend into the surrounding context. 

Beaumont School by Designcubed

Beaumont School by Designcubed

Project data 

Location St Albans
Type of project school
Architect Designcubed
Client Beaumont School
Type of contract Design & Build
Project management Project Management Services
Structural engineer SOLUTION structural engineers
Services engineer BSD mechanical & electrical consultants
Contractor ASHE construction
Cost £5.5 million
Completed September 2016

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