Sector Education
Project type New build
Services provided Design
Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Project location South East England
Client St Albans High School for Girls
Consultant Acanthus Clews Architects
Products used Micro-34 balustrade
 
 

Background

Acanthus Clews Architects were appointed to design a replacement sports pavilion at St Albans High School for Girls when the original building was lost to an arson attack. The new facility was officially opened by Sally Gunnell OBE, Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European Gold medallist.

The new building is partially buried into the ground, taking advantage of the natural slope of the site and incorporates both a natural viewing terrace as well as a rooftop vantage point across the netball and lacrosse pitches on each side.

Balustrading

The roof-top balustrades were made from Micro-34 grating from Lang+Fulton; the horizontal flat bar fulfilling the architect's vision for a strong lateral accent. The panels were framed with a 45 x 5mm flat bar; the posts were made with face plates for wall fixing and top lugs for bolting to a flat bar to carry the wooden handrail. The steelwork was supplied in a hot-dip galvanised finish.

Feedback

Ms Gunnell commented "I have never seen anything quite like it before. It is beautiful, a wonderful facility for the young people to enjoy."


Background

Acanthus Clews Architects were appointed to design a replacement sports pavilion at St Albans High School for Girls when the original building was lost to an arson attack. The new facility was officially opened by Sally Gunnell OBE, Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European Gold medallist.

The new building is partially buried into the ground, taking advantage of the natural slope of the site and incorporates both a natural viewing terrace as well as a rooftop vantage point across the netball and lacrosse pitches on each side.

Balustrading

The roof-top balustrades were made from Micro-34 grating from Lang+Fulton; the horizontal flat bar fulfilling the architect's vision for a strong lateral accent. The panels were framed with a 45 x 5mm flat bar; the posts were made with face plates for wall fixing and top lugs for bolting to a flat bar to carry the wooden handrail. The steelwork was supplied in a hot-dip galvanised finish.

Feedback

Ms Gunnell commented "I have never seen anything quite like it before. It is beautiful, a wonderful facility for the young people to enjoy."


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