Design Influences and Appearance
The adjacent primary school, built in the 1980s has a very distinctive circular plan form which we used as our starting point. The concept was to create something that looks like a break-away fragment that uses that same ‘cranked’ plan. The plan ‘bends’ inwards to the north and encloses a forecourt. The rear side has large south facing roof pitches that house solar panels.
The specific requirements for the hall led to high level windows and larger expanses of wall on the exterior. The idea was to break these up using a palette of simple materials such as brick and timber and to incorporate a climbing wall.