Amy Williams opens Hayesfield School sports facilities

Olympic Gold Medallist Amy Williams officially opened Hayesfield School’s new sports and performing arts development on Friday 6 May 2011.

The £9 million redevelopment of the school includes new indoor and outdoor sports facilities as well as enhancements to the surrounding landscape for improved access, circulation and educational use. Headteacher, Erica Draisey said “The design team worked with neighbours and stakeholders to produce a scheme that responds positively to the character of the area yet which deliver the facilities the School so desperately needed.”

Nicholas Pearson Associates played an important role throughout the project providing landscape and ecology input.  Our involvement included public consultation, the preparation of photomontages, the design of the external Realm and ecological monitoring. The site posed many challenges being within a World Heritage Site and Conservation area, and sited on sloping ground which required careful consideration.

The new facility has been named after the gold medalist Amy Williams, a former pupil at the school in Bath.  She said “The facilities here are absolutely amazing, completely different to that we used to train in…To walk in today, I just didn’t recognise it. These girls are very, very lucky.”

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