St Mary’s School in Cambridge has officially opened its state-of-the-art Long Road sports ground that we designed and helped to create despite the challenges of the Pandemic.
England netball star Francesca Williams cut the ribbon to unveil the new sports pavilion at a launch event. The completion of the final stage of the ambitious sports facility development programme has greatly improved the provision of PE for girls studying at the school.
Our Cambridge office was appointed as the Architects, Engineers, Building Services and Principal Designer for the project, which was designed to minimise environmental impact and the site’s overall carbon footprint.
Steps to achieve this included the installation of solar panels, energy efficient lighting / floodlighting, planting additional trees in the space, wildlife preservation, as well as several further measures.
Ian Morrison, Director and Architect, said: “We have a proven track record of developing state-of-the-art sporting and leisure projects across the education sector and were very pleased to provide a full multi-disciplinary design service to replace and modernise the sporting facilities for Homerton College and St Mary’s School for students, staff, local residents and visitors.”
Louise Powell, Director of Sport at St Mary’s School, said: “It’s been incredible to watch this major project come to fruition, and despite some small setbacks caused by the Pandemic, we kept the works on site on track and are delighted to have now fully completed this important project.
“With recent research showing that girls lose interest in sport when they leave primary school, our ‘sport for all’ mantra ensures that each of our girls has the opportunity to take part in physical activities that are of huge benefit to their physical fitness and mental health.”
The pavilion is the last part of a redevelopment project that began in October 2019. Undertaken in partnership with Homerton College, the renovation of the school’s sports ground at Long Road has transformed St Mary’s ability to deliver its PE curriculum, train its students and host competitive matches.
Acting as a central hub for the site, the pavilion features a kitchen, changing rooms and space for a club room. The building sits alongside a state-of-the-art 3G rugby and football pitch, artificial all-weather pitches for hockey, netball and tennis courts, athletics facilities, a grass pitch for football and athletics, as well as cricket nets.
St Mary’s students began enjoying the refurbished sports ground at the start of the 2020/21 academic term.
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