Sutton at Hone Primary School – Swimming Pool

Key Facts:

Client Name: Sutton-at-Hone Church of England Primary School
Location: Dartford, Kent
Type of client: Primary School
Services provided by M+C: Architectural Design | Planning Services | Building Regulations | Procurement | Project Management
Value: £122,500
Contractor: Swimex Enclosures
M+C Lead: Philip Ruffle

Sutton-at-Hone CoE Primary School is a successful mid-sized primary school located just outside of Dartford, Kent. The school is fortunate to maintain its own swimming pool; providing year-round lessons for pupils, as well as providing valuable revenue through lettings.

Following many years of use, the swimming pool and enclosure required renewal to allow continued use. Various options were considered to enhance the facility, and ultimately a complete rebuild of the pool and enclosure was selected. The initial planning permission for replacement was amended during the design phase to allow for an extension to the size of the enclosure to better accommodate the changing facilities.

A Swimex enclosure was specified, removing all health and safety risks, improving thermal performance and reducing running/maintenance costs. Improved teaching conditions also mean that the facility could continue to be used and let year-round. The original pool was demolished, with the replacement constructed with partial sinking in to the ground to enable easier teaching and access. The existing pool plant was re-housed within a new brick-built plant room, along with the addition of new 115KW Weishaupt space heaters to maintain air temperatures for year-round use. New drainage along with non-slip flooring was installed. New sectional changing rooms and a WC were also installed

The scheme was completed during the summer break and early September allowing for use over the winter period to the delight of the school.