Timber refectory for Roehampton school completes

A new timber refectory building for Ibstock Place School in Roehampton has completed, designed by Maccreanor Lavington architects following a competition. The new building for the

independent co-educational school sits at the centre of the campus and will provide “abundant natural light and garden views,” said the architects. The large floor space increases capacity will support a “diverse multi-use programme.” The building also houses a full ‘commercial’ kitchen and hospitality annexe.

Soft stock brick and plain clay tiles reflect the adjoining landscape and buildings,” and will support a timeless longevity,” said the architects. The timber roof structure “provides both a sense of intimacy and grandeur,” said Maccreanor Lavington. Comprising three glazed lanterns, it is fundamental to the design’s natural ventilation strategy. The glulam lattice structure of the vaulted ceilings frame inset panels of oak, softening the acoustics in the space. The form of the building is designed to “moderate the internal environment without air conditioning.” A cloister protects pupils queuing for lunch and provides shading from the afternoon sun.


£7m STEM facility completes in Bristol

Work on a £7m specialist STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and creative further education centre at a college in Bristol has been completed. Designed by architects Hewitt Studios, the three-storey Brunel Centre building at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) “puts sustainability and wellbeing at the heart,” said the firm, with a number of key features prominent in its design. Pick Everard provided cost management

services throughout the project, working closely alongside project manager Provelio, and the main contractor, which was Willmott Dixon.

During the pre-contract phase the decision was made to switch from a traditional steel frame for the building to a CLT one instead, resulting in a significant positive impact on the building’s carbon footprint – “the switch itself meant we have prevented 445 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere,” said Barry Reeves, associate quantity surveyor at Pick Everard.

WWW.ARCHITECTSDATAFILE.CO.UK The building is naturally ventilated

throughout, uses air source heat pumps, and there is a photovoltaic system integrated into the facade’s brise soleil. The building also features a ‘live’ monitoring panel in the foyer enabling students to see exactly how much energy, water and other services the building is using. The project team adopted a “fabric

first approach” meaning the scheme is highly insulated and sealed. This, combined with natural ventilation and lighting, solar panels and the CLT frame, “delivers a highly sustainable building,” said the architects. The project also saw the replacement of of car park and tarmac replaced

400 m2

with wildflower meadows to encourage biodiversity on the site. Now complete, the 1,722 m2


sits across three storeys and will provide teaching and learning spaces for hundreds of students for STEM and creative subjects.


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