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Eton Sports & Aquatics Centre

Education & Public Sector

Eton Sports & Aquatics Centre

Project Info

Built on the site of a former outdoor pool and set within a landscaped bund of mature planting, this new high-performance mass timber facility provides an accessible 25m pool and a four-court multi-use sports hall for school students.

Soaring glulam columns and beams comprise the main supporting structure of the Eton Sports and Aquatics Centre. Comprising a simple but high-quality material language, the internally expressed, impressive timber structure is complemented with large areas of handmade brickwork.

A central link runs between the two main sporting volumes, bringing daylight and fresh air into the heart of the building. Designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent, the building also includes a green roof and PVs.

Located within the Eton Conservation Area, and on Green Belt Land, the mass of the building was minimised by being sunk into the ground to sit below tree level.


ArchitectHopkins Architects

Structural EngineerCundall

Wood SupplierWiehag


SpeciesPlywood Birch veneer (Russia); Spruce (Austria) – PEFC & FSC certified

ClientEton College

JoineryDoug Phillips

PhotographerJanie Airey