Taking inspiration from the Welsh hillside location, the multi-level scheme nestles comfortably into the steep site with materials that reflect the areas heritage and landscape.
A natural palette of materials creates a subtle and elegant aesthetic..
Elevations have been finished in a mix of slate tiles to reflect the areas heritage in slate production, paired with Welsh larch and a sedum roof in support of the local supply chain and low carbon credentials. The timber structure is domestically grown Welsh timber frame.
Timber Frame Features
Roof systems comprised of closed panels ranging in depth from 350 to 400mm deep ‘I’ beams filled with ‘upcycled’ cellulose insulation, U-value 0.09 – 0.011W/m2K.
Structurally the large roof overhang roof was supported externally by a bespoke exposed glulam post and beam system. All connections were CNC processed offsite for effortless assembly onsite.
The external timber frame wall system ranged from 350mm to 450mm in thickness and was constructed with timber native to the school’s local area. They were manufactured and assembled in a Larsen truss method to minimise timber content and improve overall thermal performance. The wall void is filled with ‘upcycled’ cellulose insulation, U- value 0.10 – 0.14W/m2k.
Airtightness achieved (at 50 Pascals): 0.48 air changes per hour.