Eastington Community Centre is a spacious, flexible and contemporary new-build designed with a complex environmental strategy. Potter & Holmes acted as the architect throughout the design and build process for this building.
It was completed working to a budget financed by a combination of local fundraising, a variety of charitable organisations and larger Government funding programmes.
Eastington encompasses a south sloping roof, influenced by the design Carbon Zero House at Dykewood, to allow maximum solar gain through the Solar Thermal and PV panels whilst creating deep overhangs to reduce solar gain to the building in the summer.
The centre comprises of a combination of highly insulated timber framed roof with Warmcell recycled newspaper insulation and a steel framed masonry structure, and has high levels of air-tightness and high thermal-mass which reduces summer overheating.
The plan was devised to place the most frequently used main hall to the South side of the building, as part of an overall square plan which minimise the heat loss whilst allowing this area to benefit from the views over the playing fields to the Cotswold Escarpment beyond.
Every aspect of the build was designed and built with environmental factors in mind; from the installation of the solar energy generation system, to the orientation of glazing to the south, through to the use of low-energy lighting throughout, and underfloor heating on the ground floor.
Potter and Holmes are award-winning Gloucester and London architects with broad ranging interests and ambitions working in a multi-specialist practice with excellent client relationships. The design ethos of our Gloucester and London architects is to bring thoughtful and inspiring solutions to buildings unique to each project.
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