A new £2 million sports hall and performance space at Moseley School officially launched on Saturday, opened by Moeen Ali, England cricketer, Ashes winner and former student of the school.
Designed by the Birmingham office of leading national architects Corstorphine + Wright, the facility provides high quality space for use by both students and the local community, featuring four basket ball and badminton courts, cricket lanes, a stage area, theatre lighting, sound proofing and bleacher-style seating for 350. It also has the ability to hold up to 250 exam tables.
Existing sports facilities at the school, including a gymnasium, sports hall and fitness centre have also been upgraded as part of the project to create a state of the art sports complex.
The new development has linked these existing buildings together with each other and with the main school, improving connectivity and security, creating new shared changing spaces and adding an additional 18,298 sq ft of floorspace.
The new project follows a £20 million redevelopment of the main school building three years ago under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
Roger McBrien, Headteacher at Moseley School, said: “Our aim in creating this new state of the art facility is to inspire our students and the local community to participate in more sporting activities, which in turn will lead them to become healthier and more active.
“The redevelopment of the main school has created a first class environment for academic learning, but we recognised that sport and drama also play an essential role in our students’ development and that we needed to invest in new sports facilities to enrich the lives and learning of current and future generations.
“We believe the new sports hall and performance space will support our vision to create an environment in which individuals can follow in Moeen’s footsteps to achieve sporting excellence.”
Mohammed Juboraj Talukder in Year 8 at Moseley School, a very keen and talented cricketer said “ the new sports hall is amazing. The floor is really good because it is so smooth and bouncy and I can also spin a ball in there. When I am batting I like the fact the ball comes onto the bat and the sport hall is big enough for me to hit sixes.”
Ed Baverstock, director at Corstorphine + Wright, added: “we have worked very closely with the school and its governors to create a facility that not only meets Sport England Standards but also addresses the needs of its users.
“With its modern, multi-coloured façade, which uses the school’s vibrant corporate colours, and host of high quality facilities, we hope that this building will create a fun and inspiring space for both students and local residents to enjoy.”