Gayhurst School Buckinghamshire 2015–2018

The project combined a new 3-court sports hall and the adaptation of their existing multipurpose hall to provide a dedicated space for music and drama performance, enhancing the facilities for both sports and performing arts.

The challenge here has been to integrate the new building into its small-scale surroundings and position adjacent to the green belt. The design, which drops the building into the ground, seeks to reduce the scale and volume of the hall, to maximise views through the building, help connect the junior and senior schools, and improve the setting of the senior school environment. 

The scheme was cancelled in 2018. 

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    New sports hall seen from playing fields
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    Canopies serve as a “grandstand” to the playing fields
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    The glazed walls of the sports hall preserve views of the playing fields from the playground
  • 4_9_1502_Gayhurst School_3D model interior A.jpg
    The hall is daylit with skylights and naturally ventilated to minimise energy consumption
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    Site location plan
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    Proposed site plan
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    Development of the sports hall massing demonstrating how the design reduces the scale and impact of the building
  • The hall helps to connect the junior and senior schools
    Plan showing sports hall (left) and multi-purpose music and drama performance space (right)
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    Section showing multi-purpose music and drama performance space (left), changing rooms, sports hall and existing art room (right)
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    East elevation to playground
  • 11_9_1502_Gayhurst School_building revlines.jpg
    The tapered roof replaces external walls reducing the bulk of the building


  • Appointment: 2015
  • Client: Gayhurst School
  • Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
  • Services Engineer: Max Fordham
  • Planning Consultant: AZ Urban Studio
  • Transport Consultant: Royal Haskoning DHV
  • Quantity Surveyor: Burke Hunter Adams
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