Pupils at St Peter’s School in Kettering will soon discover for themselves the enormous benefits of the new combined art studio and after school space that we have created for them.
The carbon-efficient timber-framed building is due to be officially launched in July.
We worked closely with the independent co-educational day school after being appointed as the Principal Designer and Main Contractor for the project.
The new building features an open plan design which allows plenty of natural light to flood in, an essential element when creating a teaching space for art and design technology.
Features also include solar panels on the roof, Belfast-style sinks suitable for art studio activities, and internal glazed screen partitions, which can be used to divide the internal space but also maintain an open plan feel.
The brief stated that sustainability and appearance were important, with a more natural aesthetic. During the design process, different materials were chosen to create interest and emphasis was also placed on providing a stimulating environment.
Our turn-key approach, in which we design, manufacture, engineer and install the building, meant we could tailor the build programme to suit specific site constraints and conditions, for example, the building’s structure was craned into the school grounds in kit form and assembled on site.
The building is designed as a ‘hybrid’, using a traditional panelised timber frame with glulam supporting the main roof cassette structure.