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Town Close school's new sports hall complements the existing structure in UK
The new contemporary sports hall structure at Town Close House Preparatory School in Norwich, UK, by Interior Services Group (ISG) Jackson Special Projects, provides a pleasing contrast to the school’s existing Georgian and Victorian buildings.
London-based new build, refurbishment and fit out service provider ISG Jackson Special Projects has completed a GBP2.3 million ($3.8 million approx) project to build a new sports hall facility at Town Close House Preparatory School.
The contemporary sports hall structure, designed by LSI Architects, provides a pleasing contrast to the school’s existing Georgian and Victorian buildings. Curved exposed timber beams and a complex curvilinear roof structure form key elements of the new facility. Built to Sport England specifications, the hall houses a multi-use sports court with a sprung timber floor and large male and female changing facilities at ground floor level, with a viewing gallery and staff areas on the first floor.
Following the successful completion of the landmark sports hall building, ISG Jackson Special Projects was invited to negotiate the second phase of the development. Work is now well underway on this GBP570,000 ($950,714 approx) fast-track scheme to create a new performing arts center in the vacant former sports hall.
The conversion of the hall sees the contractor undertake a comprehensive program of internal and external refurbishment. The building will be re-roofed and a number of ‘wind catcher’ units will be installed at roof level to drive the environmentally sustainable passive ventilation system. New window openings will be formed and a suspended ceiling will be installed. High performance insulation applied to the existing walls will be acoustically boarded. Tiered seating for an audience of 220 will be constructed, along with a new glazed viewing gallery, with a lighting and audio control centre in the existing gallery area.
An accelerated program will see the new performing arts center open by early 2010.