Proposed modernisation of Winchester College Southern Campus
- Where – the southern campus is located between the sports ground on Kingsgate Park and the tennis courts on Norman Road. It is the focus of the School’s indoor sports facilities, and includes the PE Centre, swimming pool, rifle range and squash courts. In addition, the Design & Technology department sits between the sports complex and Kingsgate Road. Although many of the current buildings are of substantial size, they are largely hidden from surrounding public roads and the wider landscape.
- Why – the key factor in the decision to modernise is the age of the PE Centre, which is now over 50 years old. In that time pupil numbers at the school have grown and the indoor sports facilities are today used at maximum capacity. The limited space available is now restricting pupils’ access to the sporting programme and with it access for the wider community. The layout of and access to the swimming pool also presents long-term maintenance and safety difficulties, and the building is thermally inefficient.
- What – the School is proposing that the current sports facilities be replaced with modern buildings on a similar footprint, that the Design & Technology Department on the site be modernised and extended, and that various support services be moved and consolidated. Access arrangements will be altered and two residential houses added on Kingsgate Road.
- When – to begin the modernisation process, in July 2016 the School is embarking on a public consultation exercise based on proposed plans for the renewal of the facilities. Members of the public will be welcome to comment and this feedback will be registered and fed into the design process leading up to the submission of the planning application to Winchester City Council later this year.
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