New Sports, Creative and Performing Arts Facility Opens at Hayesfield Girls’ School in Bath

May 6th heralded the opening of the much anticipated new sports, creative and performing arts facility at Hayesfield Girls’ School in Bath. AWW architects won an architectural competition to design the new school facilities in June 2008. A number of challenges existed before the facility could be made a reality including the steeply sloping site of the existing 1930’s school, the need for the school to remain open during construction as well as many complex planning issues.

AWW’s design has cleverly taken advantage of the existing topography by partially burying the larger elements in the side of the hill. Hayesfield Girls’ School rests on a high profile site visible from The Royal Crescent, part of the planning concern was that it was not visible from the crescent so getting the design right was of prime importance. AWW architects sensitive but contemporary design sits excellently with the Classical Architecture that has given Bath its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Charles Jordan, Project Architect at AWW said “Our project team worked closely with the senior management of the school and the contractor ISG Pearce to analyse the school’s requirements, not only for the extension as originally envisaged but also for the future development of the school in the context of an overall masterplan. The cooperative approach of both the school management and the contractor ensured the project ran smoothly. We are delighted with the end result”.

ISG Pearce Senior Project Manager, Tony Milkins, commented “ISG Pearce Ltd have been proud to construct this landmark scheme in Bath and would like to thank our client, Hayesfield Girls’ School, for having the confidence to award us the contract and also to congratulate AWW Architects on their design vision which has culminated in a stunning looking facility that I am sure will be of great benefit to both the school and local community for many years to come”.

The new facilities include a large Sports Hall, classrooms, dining facilities, and Performance Hall. The Performing Arts department comprises 4 individual Practice Suites, dedicated ensemble Practice Rooms and Media Technology and a Recording Classroom. The 350 seat auditorium is specifically focused around musical performance with a dedicated Sound and Light Control Room. The new facility has been named the Amy Williams Sports Centre after former student and Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams.