A single storey timber framed construction set over a load bearing masonry plinth and pre-cast concrete floor.
The structure is of prefabricated Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) and engineered roof joists. The SIP Panels and roof ply diaphragm provide stability.
Flush ceilings, large unhindered glazed elevations and cantilevered canopies are created working with the inherent properties of these products, assisted by two steel portal frames and an upstand glulam beam.
The substucture comprises trench fill footings with a beam and block floor. The premises are to replace an existing farmhouse. A loft has been created above a summerhouse to provide alternative accommodation for the existing bat colony. A deep storey-high plywood beam was used in the loft to transfer the roof load back to a triangulated truss.
Architect: Charles Barclay Architects
Project Value: Undisclosed
Winner: RIBA Regional Award 2013
Images courtesy of Charles Barclay Architects