South Charnwood High School, Leicestershire

Watson Batty were appointed by the School in 2016 and have designed new sports facilities during RIBA Stages 0-3. The scheme comprises a new floodlit full size 3G artificial sports pitch (recently submitted for planning permission) and a new five badminton court sized sports hall building. The new building will replace an ageing and inadequate single court sized barn structure.

South Charnwood provides education to boys and girls aged 11-16 years, including GCSE, and was awarded an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rating. The new pitch and building will also support local community sports groups/clubs outside of school hours. The pitch will meet current Football Association and Rugby Football Union technical performance criteria and an application for funding has been submitted to the Football Foundation. The overall scheme is also supported by the local parish council, Leicestershire & Rutland FA and by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

The proposed sports building also includes four team changing rooms, officials changing room, reception/office, accessible changing room, a first floor spectator balcony and a multi purpose studio. Based on current Sport England design guidance.

Set in the National Forest, located between three villages, the school accommodates nearly 1,000 pupils. Externally our contemporary design provides a sensitive material and scale response to the local environment with the proposed use of stone and timber cladding.

Client:South Charnwood High School
Value:Approx £2.5m
Service: Architecture
Sector: Sport and Leisure