Friday, 19 November 2010

Fradswell to build new Village Hall.

Having presented a scheme to the committee of Fradswell Parish Council in October 2010, we were delighted to hear today that our firm was nominated as preferred Architects based upon design rather cost! We're very pleased that the practice has been awarded this project and we're certain the other three firms made a great effort; the project isn't the largest in the office, but it certainly will be an interesting one.

As a practice we are always striving to be include sustainable ideas, albeit frequently challenged on cost by the client; however, the scheme does include a variety of features that will minimize the running costs for the facility for decades to come.

We have included Underground Water tanks for grey water harvesting, Passive Ventilation Stacks for natural ventilation in lieu of mechanical and we are currently researching the possible use of Air Source Heating.

The building will have enhanced insulation properties specified for improved thermal requirements and Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Water Heating Panels are also offered, but may be challenged by the financial brief. Materials for the building are intended to be sourced locally and where specified, from manufacturers with strong sustainable codes of practice.

The site is within open countryside and our thoughts were to create a facility that echoed an agricultural texture and form. From the lanes or adjacent fields, only the ridge line would be seen above hedgerows and with this mind, the use of profiled metal cladding and ventilation stacks are proposed.
Within the site, the appearance needs to reflect a typical agricultural building, hence the timber cladding and expressed steel frame; however, for durability and potential vandal resistance, low level brickwork has been introduced.

The sustainable elements and interior function influence the composition and scale of the building. Solar shading devices are required along the southern facades and a spectating veranda is provided overlooking the playing fields. The multi use hall capitalizes the large volume where necessary and the lower eaves areas along the northern facade are ideal for storage, toilets and  bicycle stores. 

Attached are a few visuals:

Main Entrance View

South West view
Rear Elevtion
South East view
We would like to thank David Arscott for preparing the visuals and look forward to developing another competition scheme. In the meantime, we're looking forward to working with Fradswell Parish Council and supporting them in delivering a great community building.

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