A new teaching block and sports facilities for Oaklands College Smallford campus in St Albans. The teaching block includes new teaching facilities for Art, Fashion and Design as well as entry level programmes for students with learning difficulties. The sports facilities include grass and synthetic turf pitches for football, rugby and hockey as well as a new sports hall for indoor sports.
The two-storey, atrium-centred block accommodates almost 6,000 square metres of new teaching spaces. The accompanying new sports facilities include new grass and synthetic turf pitches across the road as well as the triple-height sports hall which anchors the west of the scheme.
The façades consist of generously-sized windows and brightly-coloured ventilation panels to provide good daylighting and natural ventilation. The scheme also includes heat recovery ventilation, low energy lighting and controls and rainwater recycling.