Kenwood Ladies Pond – Hampstead Heath, London
Hampstead Heath, North West London
Bowman Riley Architects designed a new modular changing facility at Kenwood Ladies’ Pond. This open air swimming pond and secluded meadow is on Hampstead Heath in North London and run by the City of London.
Opened to the public in 1926, Kenwood Ladies’ Pond is used throughout the year and the new facility was needed to open in time for the particularly popular summer months. The existing building was located on dam and had to be demolished in order to undertake repair work to the dam. It was also run down and in need of replacement. The project was originally conceived to be traditional build; however, the facility could not be delivered in time.
Modular manufacturer Catfoss was brought in to provide a modular solution and Bowman Riley Architects was commissioned to redesign the original concept in a modular format whilst maintaining the original specification required by the client. The facility comprises two buildings; the first accommodating internal and external changing rooms and showers and the second, a lifeguard observation room, an office and disabled facilities.
An innovative solution was designed to create a facility that would be fully accessible. A level threshold for the building was needed for accessible entrances and exits. A new concrete deck was laid by BAM Nuttall and concrete pockets were created to locate each module ensuring level thresholds.
The building was manufactured off site in large aircraft hangers in Driffield, North Yorkshire and erected on site in April 2016 in time for the busy summer season.
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