CARBON EFFICIENT COMMUNITY BUILDINGS
Scotts offer local authorities and councils a cost effective and high quality permanent solution for replacing or building new community centres and village halls. Scotts combines superb architectural design, excellent service and a sustainable mindset to provide a versatile, carbon efficient building benefitting a wide cross section of any community.
SUSTAINABLE, VERSATILE, FUNCTIONAL
Scotts contemporary, carbon efficient timber-framed buildings are designed with the community in mind, whether old or young. An in-house architect works closely with the local authority to offer a bespoke design and a complete turnkey service from concept to completion. The pre-fabricated design and off-site manufacture means construction can be completed in months.
Scotts will design, engineer, manufacture and install the building to meet the required deadlines and budgets. Sustainability and appearance are key factors in this process.
Scotts takes on the entire project, leaving you to focus on the day job.
The architectural design team at Scotts aim to create a building that inspires and motivates by its architectural form.
The external and internal aesthetic is of paramount importance and the positive benefits of a well designed timber building should not be overlooked. As part of the Scotts design process, the choice of materials and features is critical. Advice is given on practical considerations as well as design aspects to complement the surrounding architecture.
Attention to the ceiling, wall and floor materials is an important part of the building design. The walls and ceiling of Scotts buildings are painted with non-toxic, VOC free mineral paint, making them environmentally friendly, durable and breathable. In addition, acoustic wall panels are offered in specific settings that require additional sound absorption.
Throughout Scotts buildings is a combination of two flooring types: slip resistant safety vinyl and natural fibre carpet. Slip resistant safety vinyl is used in areas of high circulation and areas prone to getting wet. Natural fibre carpet is standard in main halls and smaller meeting rooms as it is comfortable, reduces airborne dust and allergens and facilitates excellent indoor acoustics.
HEATING AND VENTILATION
Scotts insulates the roof, walls and floor in order to provide a building “envelope” that is efficient to heat and remains cool in the summer. This ensures the building has a low carbon footprint as it is efficient to heat. Conversely, the high levels of insulation also shield the building in the summer months preventing overheating.
Scotts community buildings are heated using a variety of sustainable heating systems including energy efficient air source or ground source heat pumps. The heating supply to each space can always be separately controlled using thermostats and zone controls.
Similarly, buildings that are not ventilated effectively can become stuffy and unpleasant. Scotts makes use of natural ventilation and cooling to provide thermal comfort and adequate indoor air quality. Trickle vents within doors and windows are standard. Opening windows (on restrictors, if required, for safety) at either end of a room promote free flowing ventilation.
NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL LIGHT
The right amount of light, both artificial and natural, is critical. Scotts offers advice on the best orientation and aspect for your community building and will advise on the most suitable position for windows, doors and roof lights. Timber louvres and blinds will be recommended where needed.
As standard, Scotts uses energy efficient LED light fittings within all community and education buildings, resulting in lower running costs.