Location: Holme Lacy, Hereford,
UK Client: Herefordshire and Ludlow College
Start Date: July 2010
Completion Date: October 2010
Contract Value: £183k
Hewitt Studios LLP were approached by Herefordshire College of Technology to extend and refurbish the refectory facilities on their Holme Lacy campus.
Our proposals sought to: - extend the life of the existing building—lower its running costs and
- considerably improve its internal environment.
The building was designed as a College learning aid in low-impact environmental design. Students would be involved in the design, construction and ongoing maintenance of the building.
We chose to pre-fabricate the building structure, in order to avoid the need for certain lengthy and disruptive on-site processes. The load-bearing panels were assembled on-site in a ‘flying-factory’ by students and members of our practice.
A key advantage of modular construction is that the building can be easily dismantled at the end of its useful life and most components reused and/or recycled. This is important because the College has long-term plans for the redevelopment of the campus.
The choice of materials sought to make the most of the College’s natural resources.
- The 60 organic straw bales used to insulate the building come from the College’s own farm. - The western red cedar cladding and decking was forested from the college’s 150 acres of woodland. This was cut to size on-site just a few hundred yards from the building.
- The green wall was planted by College LLDD students using indigenous varieties sourced from local nurseries.
The majority of the building’s energy demands are made by an array of solar PV panels on the roof and a standalone wind turbine.