A new Strength and Conditioning Centre forms the latest addition to Radley College’s state of the art sports facilities.
It sits alongside the athletics track and Rowing Centre, providing close proximity between these facilities, as required to support college’s curriculum. The new stand-alone building is split into two distinct wings, an athletics warm-up space and indoor rowing training room. Replacing the two temporary sheds previously used, the new training room provides space for 24 rowing machines for effective indoor training. Complimenting this, the warm-up space offers numerous power cages and free weights, with a generous central floor space allowing for both floor exercise and group tutorials. The IT rich facility also includes computer terminals and projector screens, for continuous monitoring and review of pupil’s sport performance.
An external staircase gives access to a viewing balcony which doubles as an athletics control room would in an official capacity, allowing for accurate monitoring of the races on the track, in line with the high-performance curriculum encouraged by the college. Along the track itself, storage space is integrated in the buildings’ facades, allowing convenient access to equipment during lessons and training. Spectator areas are also included along the southern edge of the structure, through a series of steps with views into the Rowing Centre.
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Photographer: Aurélien Langlais