We have been appointed as the Principal Designer and Main Contractor for a project to create a combined art studio and after school space at a Kettering school. The groundworks are now underway at St Peter’s School, an independent co-educational day school. The building is due to be completed in just one school term.
The carbon-efficient timber-framed building will feature an open plan design which will allow plenty of natural light to flood in, as its primary use will be as a teaching space for art and design technology.
The final building will 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.
Building work on the 140m² building and external canopies is scheduled to last 20 weeks, whilst the official opening is due to take place during the Spring Term 2019.
During the design process, different materials were chosen to create interest and emphasis was placed on providing a stimulating environment. The art studio building is designed as a ‘hybrid’, using a traditional panelised timber frame with glulam supporting the main roof cassette structure.
Scotts has been working closely with the school to meet their brief with sustainability and a natural appearance of vital importance. We will be working within a restricted time frame during the school holidays. However, our turn-key approach, in which we design, manufacture, engineer and install the building, means that we can tailor the build programme to suit specific site constraints and conditions.
Due to restricted access, the building’s structure will be manufactured in-house and it will then be craned into the school grounds in kit form and assembled on site.
Ali Hurst, Bursar at St Peter’s School, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Scotts of Thrapston. Their turnkey service and pedigree in bespoke timber framed buildings made them our preferred choice, and they have worked flexibly to deliver a design solution which will enhance our School and blend the new building perfectly within the boundary of our listed school grounds.”