St Aloysius’ College to build Garnethill sports hall
November 12 2014Burnet Bell designed sports complex at Dalhousie Street, Glasgow, containing internal sports courts, first floor cafe and an external games area.
This will entail provision of a four court hall which can be configured for the play of volleyball, basketball, netball and five-a-side football by combining pitches within a rectangular build of bronze aluminium, brickwork and glass.
Conceived in order to limit travel time for pupils transiting to various existing facilities around the city the new complex will be built on an existing playground and backcourt area opposite the main college building, retaining a single storey classroom annexe which will be linked to the development.
In a design statement Burnet Bell said: “In architectural terms the most challenging aspect of the design has always been how to resolve expression of the large rectangular sports hall volume, devoid of low level fenestration. The ‘active frontage’ treatment permits the solid sports hall volume to be lifted over a largely glazed ground floor.
“The new complex has been designed to extend the Renfrew Street built form and although clearly a different building type, to respect its neighbour and continue expression of its stepped horizontal emphasis. At the same time, the volume of the sports hall is clearly articulated by the cantilever, which introduces a visual ‘shadow gap’ between the buildings.”
To incorporate college branding without the need for overt signage the schools ‘Eagle’ crest will be superimposed upon the Renfrew Street façade as a supergraphic.
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