The state-of-the-art facility comprises a sports hall – equipped for basketball, netball, badminton and cricket – with a high specification non-slip floor and an impressive internal viewing gallery.
In addition, there’s an outside multi-use games area, which is floodlit for all-day use. The courts have been designed for both tennis and netball, while an outdoor handball court has also been incorporated, allowing the sport to be taught on a full-size court at the school for the first time.
The new facilities are a huge benefit to Durrington High School, allowing students to develop their fitness and wellbeing year-round, as well as providing a creative space to learn and grow.
It’s also making a positive difference to the wider community, with local clubs and groups able to let the facilities year-round during evenings and weekends.
Robert Duxbury, managing director at Collinson Construction, said: “Whether you’re an elite performer, or just using sports to boost physical and mental wellbeing, your surroundings and the facilities available to you can make the difference. We are therefore very proud to have worked in partnership with Durrington High School to bring this state-of-the-art sports facility to life and hope it will inspire students and teachers alike.’”
Tom Pickford, director of PE at Durrington High School, said: “The new sports hall is a superb facility for our students. They have all shown such delight when first entering the new space. This additional facility means, even on wet weather days during exam seasons, all of our students are able to take part in an active PE lesson in a specialised building, which is especially valuable for our GCSE PE students in year 10.”
The new sports hall has been over ten years in the making, with careful financial planning and rigorous project management ensuring the fulfilment of this long-held dream for the school.
Sue Marooney, executive headteacher and CEO of DMAT, added: “The new sports hall and courts are something I have long planned for and I am absolutely delighted with the finished results. These new world-class facilities mean we are providing our students with the very best, which is something I am passionate about in all areas of school life.”
Collinson Construction designed and built the new sports complex for the school, with the exterior of the building featuring a tonal blue colour palette to ensure it’s sympathetic to the surroundings and blends into the skyline.
A total of 410 solar panels were also incorporated into the design of the sports hall, helping the building achieve an EPC rating of -37 and making a significant contribution to the school’s overall energy costs.
Matt Angell, Director of Operations and Facilities, said, “As a Trust we are fully committed to reducing our carbon footprint and this was paramount when planning for the sports hall. We made sure that the environmental impact was considered at every stage and the solar panelling was a key decision in meeting our aim that the new site would be carbon neutral.”