ACS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, EGHAM
Project: Sports Hall with ancillary amenities, specialist climbing chamber, dance studio, fitness suite
Client: ACS International School
Services provided: Employer’s Agent, Quantity Surveying, CDM services
Contract value: £3.5m
ACS International School wished to expand and extensively improve the facilities available to students at their Egham site. Basketball and Volleyball are key activities in the school and the project provided two match basketball and three match volleyball courts incorporating a “show court” with seating for 400 spectators. Within the same building they also wished to accommodate a specialist climbing chamber, dance studio, fitness suite, associated changing facilities, four offices, three classrooms fitted with AV equipment, a laundry room, kitchen and social area.
Daniel Connal Partnership was appointed on behalf of Ball Hall Ltd as Employer’s Agent on this prestigious project, procured under a Design and Build Contract through a competitive single stage route.
The primary challenge faced on this project was at the outset. Planning permission for a sports hall was extant on the site, but no longer suited the specific requirements of the school.
The client was keen to avoid a potentially problematic re-submission to the planners at this sensitive Surrey location so Ball Hall were required to devise a complete internal re-modelling of the development while maintaining the external appearance previously approved by the Planning Department.
Key to the design was flexibility of accommodation to suit a wide variety of uses and functions to enable the client to get the best possible value out of their investment.
For example, the main sports hall can undergo a dramatic transformation into a luxury conference, prize giving or ball venue by fitting giant carpet tiles, activating the huge screen and audio-visual equipment or erecting the integral draping system (marquee), in addition to its primary use for sports.
Daniel Connal Partnership was very pleased to successfully deliver this complex project on time and on budget, maximising our client’s investment and providing a first class, flexible sports venue for the School.