The design delivers a modern sports facility that reflects the dynamics of the 21st century. Situated within the Cardiff Road Conservation Area of Llandaff, the scale, proportions and position of the two-storey clubhouse were carefully considered to reduce the visual impact of the development to the wider area. The design also considered using minimal footprint on the existing green space that is used for sport.
A limited palette of quality materials including stone and glazing marry the minimal clean line facades to the stonework of the existing Grade 2 Listed Howell’s school building. A ground floor a central corridor links the sports hall through to the all-weather pitch linked to high quality changing facilities. On the first floor a multi-purpose space for functions and presentations has full height glazing to three sides providing unobstructed views onto the sports pitches and retractable doors open this space onto a terrace overlooking the all-weather pitch.
The design was developed to minimise the environmental impact on waste, water and energy. This was achieved by incorporating high performance glazing systems, advanced building fabrics, high efficiency lighting with smart lighting controls and energy efficient underfloor heating. The natural source of the sun is utilised to generate electricity through roof mounted Photovoltaic Panels.