Eton College Aquatic Centre
Winner 2023 RIBA SW Award
Commended 2023 Brick Awards
Shortlisted 2023 AJ Awards
Architect - Hopkins Architect
Contractors - Graham Construction
Tile Contractors – Ceramics Architectural
Products - Ketley Staffordshire red rectangular quarry tiles
This brand new facility at Eton College, built on the site of an old outdoor pool, provides a 25m indoor pool, a 4 court multi-purpose sports hall plus spectator/changing and administrative facilities.
Designed by Hopkins Architects, it was conceived as a brick building from the start, continuing the College’s tradition of finely crafted brick buildings. Durability, thermal performance, sustainability and maintenance were all important factors in the selection of materials and bricks from a number of British brick manufacturers were specified. ‘Hampshire Red’ and ‘Farnham’ from Charnwood, Michelmersh, ‘Mixed Red Olde English’ clay pavers from Coleford Brick were used externally and internally Northcots Regency Orange were used. Ketley Staffordshire red 215mm x 102.5mm clay quarry tiles were laid in herringbone panels, framed with stack bonded borders on the internal floors, providing interest and detail whilst also connecting the interior of the building to its brick exterior and the landscaped gardens.
Ketley Staffordshire clay quarry tiles have the highest rating for slip resistance according to BS EN 14411. They are classified as R11 which indicates that they are not considered slippery in wet or greasy conditions which made them an excellent choice for this Aquatic Centre.