Sporting achievement at St Aloysius College
St Aloysius College, Glasgow, is preparing for an exciting new addition to its Garnethill campus in the form of a brand new multi-storey Sports Complex.
The new development aims to improve extra-curricular activities, offer year-round weather cover, and reduce travel time.
Located in the historically significant location of Garnethill, the city centre conservation area is immersed in listed buildings including the world famous Macintosh Building – this development will sit perfectly in place amongst its prestigious surroundings. The complex will consist of three floors: the ground Floor will include a multi-gym, strength and conditioning area, a dance studio, modern changing facilities and an external terrace facing onto Renfrew Street. The first Floor will hold a double height 4-court Gym Hall able to accommodate a range of indoor sports such as badminton, basketball, 5-aside-football indoor hockey and volleyball, and a café/social space with north facing glass-fronted balcony overlooking the current playground. Finally, the second floor will have a viewing gallery overlooking the 4-court Hall for spectators to catch a bird’s eye view of the action.
The plans have been developed in partnership with Glasgow City Council, the Urban Design Panel, Glasgow School of Art along with a numerous amount of other bodies and interest groups.
In order to assist with the funding of the project, the college has invited the Aloysian Community to be ‘Sporting Heroes’ by contributing to the fundraising appeal, either personally or through corporate sponsorship. Donors will become Sporting Heroes; their names will be uniquely recognised in the building and will be invited to the Opening Ceremony.
Long established architectural company Burnet Bell have played a vital role in this ongoing development. Originally an open piece of land used for parking, this project has been in speculation for a number of years. Previously pupils had to be bussed to alternative sports facilities, wasting lots of curricular time – a benefit of having the new building co-located amongst other academic facilities provides a huge advantage for the college.
The architects have admitted that the site has been somewhat difficult to build on due complicated foundations and the adjacent protected building, but the works are continuing to make progress.
Premier Construction caught up with Director of Burnet Bell Architects Iain Macrae, who told us:
“The building is approaching wind and water tight stage, the foundations are complete, the frames have been erected and the walls are being formed as we speak”
“It’s a tremendous privilege to build on past association with the college and help them to deliver this new facility on site which will provide such a great curricular benefit to the school community. A further advantage of having the building based amongst other existing buildings within the college is that they can be altered and used for different activities.”
Head Master of St Aloysius College, John Browne, said:
“Our new sports facility will enhance the educational experience for pupils and as a school which prides itself in educating the whole person, we are excited about the legacy for current and future Aloysians in the years to come.”