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Burns Guthrie and Partners

Burns Guthrie and Partners

Tunbridge Wells, UK

Burns Guthrie and Partners - Shoreham Academy New Hall

Burns Guthrie and Partners

A new hall for examinations, social events, sport and community use.


The Academy were blighted by the fact that for half the academicyear, their sports hall was taken out of use due to exam desks being present. Despite the school being new, the social spaces were limited, especially at lunchtimes when there was no dining area other than the principal circulation space.
The new building sits sympathetically as the third side of a triangular external space. The building comprises a 3 badminton court size sports hall with ancillary facilities. It can seat 270 pupils for examinations.
Constructed of cross laminated timber, the volume of CO2 sequestered by the growth of the timber is equivalent to 26 years of the Target Emission Rate under the Building Regulations. The timber also provides a warm and appealing internal aesthetic.

Word from the architect

Originally, this was a fast track project and whilst delays meant the first target date was not met, the building was still constructed in quick time minimising disruption to the school. This was achieved using off-site fabrication of the superstructure.
From a sustainability viewpoint, the use of cross laminated mass timber also meant that the building had a significant negative carbon footprint.