St Anthony’s School Sports Hall

A Kent County Council project for a special needs school in Margate, Kent. The brief was a new 3 court sports hall with changing accommodation, as well as a new entrance for the school with offices and reception.

Numerous sports hall schemes had been proposed over the years for the school, but none had made it to fruition. This made it even more special to hand over the new facility to them when they hadn’t believed it would ever happen.

Directline Structures were invited to tender for the project based on an outline design, which had not gone to planning yet. By applying our Design and Build, and in particular Sports Hall design, experience we were able to improve the design and save the client money.

Robustness is paired with style to create an inviting and attractive building that can withstand the knocks and bumps that happen in any school, but even more so in a special needs school. The result is a building that does not feel institutional or oppressive. High ceilings and plenty of natural light make the spaces feel more generous.

The combination of the butterfly roof and the diagonal timber cladding create a dynamic first impression, with the high roof eaves making an intrinsically anti-climb building.

The 3 court sports hall has sky lights for natural daylight and durable walls that withstand even the roughest 5-a-side. The accommodation comprises two changing rooms, two sets of toilets for the pupils as well as a staff toilet and shower. There is also a new reception, head’s office, meeting room and spacious entrance foyer.

Robust simplicity meets style for this special needs school in Margate.