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New sports facility, Simon Balle School, Hertford


The creation of healthy environments and buildings which facilitate activity is vital to support physical and mental wellbeing. Working closely with the leadership team at Simon Balle All-Through School, Saunders have developed a scheme which enhances the sporting accommodation available to students and the wider community. The proposed new buildings are prominently positioned, as the new public face to the school. They include a welcoming reception area, perfectly positioned to improve security through passive surveillance of the site. The development includes a new sports hall, suitable for a variety of sports, with associated changing and storage facilities. A planning application in support of this proposal has now been submitted.

The school is located in a sensitive location between residential streets and the Balls Park Estate, a listed park and gardens. The submitted proposals respond to the local vernacular through the choice of materials and detailing. The scheme is located at a distance from the heritage parkland of Balls Park and protected views across the site are maintained.

The new sports facility will support the sports curriculum at the school and provide a venue for use by the wider community. Located to the front of the site, adjacent to the car park, the sports hall can be easily accessed out-of-hours. Hence, the new buildings provide welcome opportunities for physical activity for students and the community alike.

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