LCE Architects were successful in winning a bid to design a new sports facility for the London Borough of Westminster. The practice’s proposal is for a new four-court sports hall, together with supporting facilities to replace the former Westminster Children’s Sports Centre.
The goal has been to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the area. This will be achieved by the proposals for a contemporary sustainable building, where every effort has been made to respect the scale and context of the surrounding buildings by recognising the importance of the open space and views from St. Mary’s Gardens. Our intention is to use appropriate and sympathetic materials in the construction and to ensure the retention and protection of the existing trees and landscape.
The proposal will deliver a sustainable development and provide a high quality architectural and urban environment. It will provide high standards of internal environment with good day lighting, air quality (delivered through natural ventilation where possible), thermal conditions and low levels of noise pollution; aiming to achieve an overall energy target rating of category A.
The result is a building that appears to grow out of the park, using the levels to partly sink the building into the ground and to ‘merge’ the green roof with the surrounding ground. The building responds well to the sustainability agenda, most notably through bio-diversity and energy efficiency assisted by the green roof and the earth sheltering. Little Venice Sports Centre is currently the first and only building in England to achieve the Inclusive Fitness Initiative Excellent Award.