Walters & Cohen has won approval for this new sports building at Godolphin and Latymer independent girls school in west London
The practice - whose founders Michál Cohen and Cindy Walters won the AJ Woman Architect of the Year prize in 2012 - was originally appointed in 2010 to develop a wider masterplan for the school looking at which buildings to demolish, where to build new facilities and how to phase its future development.
The naturally ventilated and lit new building will house a four-court sports hall, a fitness suite and dance studio together with a new classroom and office facilities. The external fabric of the building has been carefully designed to allow the building to be naturally ventilated and naturally lit whilst creating optimum conditions for a wide variety of sports.
Construction work is due to start in July 2014.
The architect’s view
‘The new sports building meets the constraints of a tight, sensitive site, within the curtilage of listed buildings, and in a conservation area. The Godolphin and Latymer School site is located within the Bradmore Conservation Area and the new sports building has been designed to meet the constraints of a tight, sensitive site, within the curtilage of listed buildings.
‘The external fabric of the building has been carefully designed to allow the building to be naturally ventilated and naturally lit whilst creating optimum conditions for a wide variety of sports. The upper walls of the
building will be formed in flemish-bond brickwork, with a series of vertical recesses, linear windows and pre-treated copper louvres arranged to create a non-uniform pattern across the façade.
‘The school has a number of ambitions for improving its facilities, such as creating flexible classrooms. Of particular importance to the school is the provision of high quality sports facilities within the constraints of the dense urban environment, and improving vehicular access to the site.’
Walters & Cohen scoops go-ahead for west London school