Rawlins Deep End
Rawlins Academy (Deep End) – Quorn, Leicestershire
• Client: Rawlins Academy
• Project: Conversion of swimming pool into fitness studio
• Sports England Capital Grant
• Project Value: £0.7m
• Services: Funding advisor, architecture, quantity surveyor, clerk of works
YMD Boon was appointed to provide architectural services to design, procure and deliver a scheme for the conversion of a disused swimming pool. The pool base had failed and resisted repair, we discovered this was due to ongoing dynamic movement due to varying ground water levels. Due to budget restraints, demolition and construction of new facilities were out of the question. We derived, in liaison with the Structural Engineer, a solution which added perforations through the base, filled the pool with stone to prevent it floating and provided a new concrete floor with semi sprung floor finish to the whole pool area. The space was then converted into a fitness studio, providing an additional income stream.
As part of our initiative we presented the scheme to the relevant stake holders including the school council and the local authority, we outlined the activities which could be delivered considering the existing physical restrictions i.e. existing trusses and ceiling heights. The collaboration ensured the facility could proceed without providing competition to the current local provision through the City Council.
Once this was agreed, we assisted the college in applying for funding through Sports England. The application received approval and the scheme was delivered successfully providing additional fitness facilities to the students, the local community and providing additional revenue to the college.
YMD Boon has been working with Rawlins Academy since 2012. We carried out a thorough area and net capacity analysis of the college’s facilities and identified area deficiencies. We worked closely with senior management to produce a master plan and since then have reviewed and updated it regularly in line with the college’s needs and aspirations and current educational guidelines and legislative requirements.
Based on the master plan and college’s priorities, we have applied annually for EFA and LA funding on behalf of the school. So far, we successfully secured a total of £5m to improve their facilities.
We have delivered schemes from £50K up to £2 million, from securing funds to replace roofs, windows, boilers, toilet and changing facilities as well as delivering capital projects including refurbishment, remodelling and extension to their current accommodation, conversion of their disused swimming pool into a fitness studio, providing a new teaching block consisting of general teaching accommodation as well as IT and science labs.
We have successfully secured funds, designed and delivered the scheme for the total refurbishment of the college’s catering facilities including provision of new equipment and upgrading the cooking facilities for increasing student numbers.
“The YMD Boon Ltd team are creative and versatile. They are tenacious in steering projects to a successful conclusion, procuring work of high quality and maintaining a firm grasp on the financial position.”
“The creative realisation of our needs has led to a transformation of parts of the Academy including a new sixth form centre and new sports facility. Each has enriched provision and allowed staff to maximise students’ experience.
“The Academy’s confidence in YMD Boon continues and I expect to work with them on future projects.”
Callum Orr, Principal, Rawlins Academy