The new Oundle School Sports Centre is part of the School’s wider Sports MasterPlan vision “to provide the best in sport facilities and education”.
Designed by Saunders Boston Architects, with landscaping by PRP, the new Sports Centre will house a 50-metre, six-lane swimming pool, an eight-court sports hall offering retractable seating, a fitness suite with 70 stations, and dedicated dance and multipurpose studios. Dual use has been factored into the development to ensure year-round community and sports club access to the new facilities.
“GRAHAM Construction clearly demonstrated their experience and capability in the delivery of state-of-the-art sports facilities within schools and universities, and this was a hugely important factor in our decision to select them as our contractor for the centre-piece of the School’s Sports MasterPlan,” said Dom Toriati, Bursar, Oundle School. “The safety of our pupils and staff and minimal disruption to the School’s day-to-day life during the build was of paramount importance, and GRAHAM Construction have shown that they can provide the customer care we need as well as the best in new facilities.”
The current Sports Centre will be retained as the home of Sports Science and dedicated School sports. Continued operation of the existing pool throughout the build is also assured.
The Sports MasterPlan includes a new athletics track, eight additional tennis courts, two new Astroturf pitches and six additional netball courts, all complementing the award-winning JM Mills Cricket Pavilion, which opened in 2015.
The Oundle School Sports Centre is due to be completed in the academic year 2019-20.