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Hertford Theatre


Refurbishment
Castle Hall Arts Performance
Hertford, Hertfordshire

Castle Hall Arts Performance building is remarkable for its stunning setting and its opportunity for refurbishment. The truncated forms of this brick and zinc monolith are sited adjacent to Hertford Castle, a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Alongside runs the fast flowing River Lea. We won a limited competition for the refurbishment of the interior and exterior elevations. We have promoted ideas for accessibility, transparency and breathing new life and uses into the public foyer spaces. The designs incorporate a new flexible arts exhibition space, an internal café and multipurpose room. We have tried to make theatre of public spaces whilst enhancing the experience of an evening out.


 
 
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Tennis Pavillion, Ponsbourne Park


This new Tennis Pavillion for the Ponsbourne Park Tennis club replaces a smaller club house. The proposal takes the form of a traditional barn albeit curved to follow the bend in a country estate road. Where the outer curve follows the road, the inner curve creates a new sunny tennis observation patio. The club house has been designed with specific attention to spectator view points so that all five tennis courts can be seen from the Pavillion. The building will be heated using excess heat from an adjacent biodiesel plant and roof mounted PV’s will be offset back to the grid.


 
 
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Harrow Leisure Centre


A favourite portfolio project that still looks fresh today. This £7m refurbishment concentrated on the reconfiguration of the entrance space as part of a general refurbishment of pool, gym and changing facilities. High levels of glazing promoted accessibility for the whole community. Bespoke sculptural concrete entrance features were designed to guide the building users into the reception area. Once inside, more fluid shapes and colours make for an exciting entrance experience which opens up to a light filled glazed atrium.


 
 
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South Oxhey Community Centre


Built on the very tightest of budgets this very well used and much loved Community Centre provides sport and recreational facilities for this less advantaged pocket of Hertfordshire. A communal cafe space doubles as the entrance and reception. The building additionally houses a creche, recording studios and a Youth Club with a separate entrance. We like the simplicity of the building with it’s flat plate glass windows and pinched metal window frames.