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[Translate to Englisch:] Eton School Pool
Außenansicht Eton School Pool bei Dämmerung
Beleuchtetes Gebäude des Eton College von außen
Innenansicht Eton School Pool
[Translate to Englisch:] Schwimmbad in Holzbauweise
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Windsor, UK

Eton College
Sports and Aquatic Centre

The aim of this project was to redesign Eton College's sports centre to provide students with the highest quality facilities - in keeping with the prestigious college's status.
WIEHAG's construction with timber beams and columns resonates with the school's sustainability concept. In addition, the corrosion requirements of the chlorinated swimming pool atmosphere poses no problem for the timber. Either specially suitable stainless steels or a coating system were chosen for the fasteners and steel parts.
Task

Tradition meets Modern times

The brick building of the sports facility consists of two main bodies, the swimming pool and the sports hall, and a narrower connecting part with a grandstand and café. Together with the industrial look of the brick walls, the combination of timber and stone creates a very interesting and pleasant look.

The large windows in the walls and roof offer a view of the greenery and, above all, plenty of light, with glued timber slats on an aluminium suspension serving as permanently installed shading elements.

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Implementation

Technical excellence for sporting excellence

The main supporting structure of the two main halls consists of glulam pendulum columns with an overlying parallel chord glulam beam. The swimming pool girders span over 31 m and the gymnasium girders over 18 m. The secondary supporting structure is made of cross laminated timber elements, which span over the girders in multiple spans of approximately 4 metres.

The main technical requirement was the stiffening. Due to the articulated support and girders without bracing, the supporting structure must be braced via the one roof slice design of the cross laminated timber elements. The transfer of the horizontal loads into the building ground is then carried out through the connections to the reinforced concrete walls. The arrangement of these and the three connected building parts then result in a three-dimensional bracing system, which was also mapped as such.

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The timber construction by WIEHAG reflects the high requirements of Eton College.
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Invisible structure

Timber, wherever
the eye looks

The architects' goal was to give the building an industrial character through the use of brick, timber and stone. In order not to compromise this vision, great importance was attached to keeping fasteners and steel parts completely internal - and thus invisible. For timber preservation reasons, the column bases were clad with a coated and reversible bent sheet. The connections to the reinforced concrete walls disappear elegantly into the brick wall in front.

Due to the many intersections of the individual trades, a high degree of coordination with the other planners was required, which succeeded well due to the exact and three-dimensional planning by WIEHAG.

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    Perfect collaboration
    "The team worked brilliantly together to create this beautiful building, with the technology almost invisibly integrated into the overall aesthetic of the building."
    — Barney Jordan, Cundall (Consulting Engineers)
Project profile
Client
Eton College
Structural Engineering
Cundall
Timber Roof Construction and Engineering
WIEHAG GmbH
Architects
Hopkins Architects
Construction period
November 2020 to November 2021
Size
3,751 m²
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