RIBA Chartered Architect
CIAT Chartered Architectural Technologist
Classroom Extension . Education
Expansion to the further education
sector is continuing to grow and this relatively small college in Nuneaton was bursting
at the seams with its popularity and courses. Initially the proposal
comprised of a meeting place for students, then an extension to the library,
followed by the realised project of an office with adjacent teaching spaces.
The library was expanded as part of the
proposals but within the existing structure. Construction space within
the campus is extremely difficult to find and it was finally
proposed to build
within an enclosed courtyard that was largely unused. The courtyard
several building styles facing it, including a listed building and a curved
block both of which are mentioned in Pevsner’s ‘The Buildings of
England: Warwickshire’ series.
A five year plan for the amalgamation of
two colleges within Nuneaton existed at the
time of this project.
Therefore reclamation and recycling was very high in the priority of the
designed structure. A steel frame with timber framing and cedar cladding
were all chosen for their potential reuse along with their inherent design
characteristics. The proposal used tall window elements from some of the
windows within the listed building and timber cladding to echo that of the
science block. The project was completed in a very short period of time
through the summer recess and was commended by the local authority conservation
architect upon completion.