Established in 1843, Marlborough College is an independent boarding and day school that has long been one of the United Kingdom’s leading independent schools. Over the course of its history, a number of notable alumnae of the College have gone on to make significant contributions in varied fields.
Amongst the co-curriculum provision offered by Marlborough College, an extensive sporting programme has always been available to pupils supported by excellent facilities. It was a desire to improve this area, however, which led to the refurbishment of the gymnasium to enhance strength and conditioning, as well as support injury recovery.
The remodelled Grade II listed building was recently nominated for a RICS (South West) Award in the ‘Building Conservation’ category. Designed by Kendall Kingscott, with Rydon acting as main contractor, the project was initially proposed in 2014 and started on site in July 2015. Director of Estates at Marlborough College William Roe spoke to Premier Construction about the work:
“Given the historic nature of the structure, planning restrictions were tight and a great deal of consultation with Heritage and Conservation Officers was required to make sure work remained on track.
The project has enabled a step change in the College’s overall sporting provision. We now have a strength and conditioning coach with programmes put together for all sports. We have a spin studio with twenty Wattbikes, a dance studio and a state-of-the-art gym.
The improvements have helped prepare athletes to go out and compete. If any of them incur an injury we are also able to provide better recovery. We are very proud of this project and the reaction we’ve had to it.”
Given more design freedom than several other previous Marlborough College projects, the new gymnasium is an excellent example of the success that can be achieved through blending historic buildings with contemporary ideas.