Barton Hill House, Shaftesbury - Phase 2
The provision of improved living and leisure facilities and the construction of a new extension providing improved study space.
The project and background
Phase 2 involved works to the boarding house's existing facilities to bring them in line with current standards and to accommodate the expansion in student numbers. This involved internal alterations to the existing kitchen, dining and leisure spaces. A new extension to provide improved study space was constructed.
The extension will enable Barton Hill House to provide improved study space on site. It will also allow the inadequate existing computer room to be re-used as a games room. This will, in turn, free up the existing entrance hall and lounge.
The existing dormitories are generally of two storeys plus accommodation within the roof space, built in three phases. These consist of a Victorian building with gardens to the rear, with two later extensions. Works further extended to the rear of these extensions, leaving the appearance of the original Victorian house unaltered.
The project commenced on site in June 2010 and was completed in April 2011.
The design philosophy
The new extension is single storey to minimise the visual impact and is sited to the rear of the existing dormitory buildings. The appearance of the original Victorian building was not altered.
The elevational treatment was designed to be sympathetic with the original Victorian building and the 1990's extension to which it is linked. The simple, single storey flat roofed design features a pitched roofed and octagonal corner feature which reinterprets the roof forms and materials of the 1990's extension.
The existing lounge previously provided access to a poorly landscaped grass area enclosed by a stone wall. This space has been enlarged and paved to provide a useable external amenity space; stone from the existing wall has been used to build the new wall which encloses the paved terrace.
External works and landscape
The scheme provides good quality hard and soft landscaping which enhances the environment and setting of the development.
A path from the west of the new extension links to the retained existing path and hard landscaping also includes a new terrace to the east of the extension.
Planting beds have been formed between the paths and the octagonal building and to the south-east of the terrace. The planting scheme has been designed to be attractive, low maintenance ground cover together with shrubs that have been chosen to compliment the phase 1 planting and provide all year interest.
The design team and main constructor
The project has been procured and project managed by Dorset Property. The design team and main constructor were as follows:
Client: The Asset Management Group for Cabinet, represented by the Director of Children's Services
Project Manager: Dorset Property
Architect: Brewer Smith and Brewer
Cost Consultant: Gleeds
Mechanical Engineer: Parsons Brinkerhoff
Electrical Engineer: Parsons Brinkerhoff
Landscape Architect: Dorset Property
Structural Engineer: Upton McGougan
Construction (Design and Management) Co-ordinator: DBK Goyne Adams
Clerk of Works: Dorset Property
Main Constructor: Stepnell Ltd