Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Mellor Primary School treehouse extension

Probably the most popular winner in the recent Structural Timber Awards 2016 was in the Best Education Project category where Sarah Wigglesworth Architects won for their treehouse work at  Mellor Primary School, near Stockport (it also triumphed as the Judges Choice overall winning scheme). According to the judges it was: “An excellent scheme with an honest simple structure but importantly uses the structure as a learning resource.”

It's certainly a great educational shedworking space with new areas featuring pitched roofs on a deck which extends out into the surrounding area. The extension includes a new classroom, SEN room, a new library and an extension to the hall. Here's what the architects say about it:
"The design is constructed of natural materials such as timber shakes and straw bale insulation as well as reclaimed materials, for example tyres used within the landscape to form stepping stones. The design incorporates a 'habitat wall' on the east elevation. This is made up of a range of reclaimed materials and is designed to promote biodiversity by providing planting pockets, nesting boxes and bug habitats. The below deck area is screened by a trellis which is planted with native species. Rainwater is collected and used for irrigation. Water saving fittings and low energy light fittings are standard."

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