Phase one of a site-wide masterplan; a cross-laminated timber extension to an existing arts & crafts building, providing new day facilities, study spaces, and external breakout space.
As part of a site-wide masterplan, the project relocated and enhanced one of the College’s day houses in order to unlock a site designated for two new boarding houses and day house. The existing day house was beyond its working life, and was in need of an upgrade to meet the modern requirements of a day house. The proposals sought to re-purpose and enhance an existing arts & crafts building on the campus via a new extension. The original 1800’s building was retained and refurbished, with a contemporary extension with exposed CLT and double height spaces.
During the masterplanning exercise, we helped identify the potential of a previously overlooked asset on the College grounds, which then unlocked the main site for the College’s major project; two new boarding houses and day house. The scheme required a sensitive and considered approach to the conservation of the existing Cottage in the conservation area, whilst providing bright, modern, flexible spaces for the College.
The big idea
The project was driven by the need to retain the existing building, whilst maximising the potential for flexible, open space for the day house. The extension utilises a CLT folded-plate roof to create large spans to the social spaces, whilst providing a sensitive form that compliments the arts & crafts cottage. Charred timber reflects the local vernacular, and offers a sustainable and low maintenance solution for the College.
The new extension features exposed CLT and services in order to minimise costs, and provides a robust, contemporary finish to the social and study spaces.
for the CLT installation to complete
Working from the inside out
The interior design was driven by the need for a robust approach to the finishes and fittings. Space for house awards and presentations was included in the brief, and the house colours are featured in the building.
Where are we now?
The project has been occupied during the development of the following phases, and provides a 1:1 test of the concepts developed along side the College; the use of double height social spaces and flexible study areas, to the innovative cladding to reduce maintenance.