St. George’s College

St. George’s College

St. George’s College is an independent Roman Catholic co-educational day school, situated in a greenfield setting to the south of the Chertsey Meads. The College has a strong tradition in sport, with extensive outdoor facilities surrounding the entire site, but with a very limited and out of date indoor sports space.

The practice has been appointed to create a new Activity Centre building to provide a showcase building, accessible to all not just those interested in sport, for both the College’s students and the wider community. The accommodation brief comprises of a club level indoor hockey pitch and 6 court sports hall, as well as gym and fitness suites, a dance studio and flexible multi-use areas for group activities and meetings, presentations, exhibitions, open days and ‘match teas’.

The design connects the main school buildings to the underused athletics track at the high point of the site. A promenade is created, working with the hill, from the main playground to the high ground via an axial stair. This breaks into the main hall space with spectator viewing platforms at each level. Visual links to the activity spaces provide events along the route, culminating in the classroom / café pavilion with views out over the track.

An undulating green roof articulates the building’s form, pushing down at the main entrance and pulling up to frame the views out over the athletics track, as well as helping to blend the large volumes of space into the landscape.

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