Having our own in-house architect at Scotts means that the design features of our bespoke buildings not only provide an elegance and beauty but they are also extremely practical and functional. Our team has designed, engineered, manufactured and installed buildings that fulfil a range of purposes, from school classrooms to nursery buildings, sports pavilions and community centres.
We aim to create a building that inspires and motivates through its architectural form and the external and internal aesthetic is of great importance.
The positive benefits of a well-designed building should not be overlooked, and the design and material choices combine to provide buildings that are pleasing on the eye, complement the surrounding architecture and have great practical features.
One example is a new nursery building at Syresham St James Primary School. Great architecture is vital when creating an educational building so that it provides a positive learning environment.
Our design provided a classroom space that could be divided into two using bi-fold doors, allowing groups to work independently from each other, whilst also providing the opportunity for all the children to mix together in a larger space.
Another useful design feature is the canopy, as it not only makes the building more visually appealing, but has a practical element providing shelter for pupils when they play outside in bad weather and also offering much needed shade in hot weather.
The choice of materials can also have a positive impact. One such example is the Lavenham Young Person’s Centre where sustainability and appearance were both important.
The use of glulam, which offers strength and durability due to its layered design, helped to create high vaulted ceilings to prevent stale air becoming trapped, while also fulfilling the brief for a more natural aesthetic to avoid a clinical learning environment.
Similarly, glulam was used to great effect at Cropredy Cricket Club. Their new building was designed as a ‘hybrid’, using a traditional panelised timber frame with a cantilevered glulam beam supporting the main roof structure in the club room, creating a natural aesthetic and volume.
We have had an enviable reputation with many schools, sports and leisure clubs as we provide inspired pavilion designs to suit their needs. Some of the pavilion features include weather vanes and verandahs, which can provide the perfect spot for team members and spectators to shelter from the weather – come rain or shine.
Great design is vitally important for producing carbon neutral buildings, such as the Sapphire Jubilee Centre in the London Borough of Havering. Features in the super-insulated building include harvested rainwater to flush all the toilets and service an outside tap for watering plants, while the hot water and heating has a Ground Source Heat Pump, served by boreholes in the ground.
Here at Scotts, we listen to our clients, analyse what they really want from their new building and why, and then use great design and materials to fulfil their brief.