Geometry, Alignments, Form & Scale With The Existing Building
The analysis of the existing E.W.Pugin’s setting out tile geometry in both the nave & the existing cloisters has been used to generate the new proposals in plan, elevation and form.
Sustainability / Environmental Design.
The Trust wishes to provide high quality exemplar environmentally designed accommodation for the local educational community while facilitating the continued development of their current venue activities with the protection and enhancement of the existing historic asset.
Monastery Welcome Wing : Summery of Eco Features
- Natural Welsh Slate roofing to match existing roofs.
- Locally sourced fired clay brick with lime pointing to match existing external walls.
- Natural Forbo Nairn Linoleum flooring made from natural oils.
- Recycled aggregate concrete blocks used in new inner leaf of masonry walls.
- GGBS cement replacement in concrete slab & screeds.
- Natural exposed primary timber structure to the single storey south Welcome Wing.
- Extra-wide cavity wall construction to new external walls with super insulation of recycled glass.
- Super Insulation provision to new under ground floor construction.
- Super insulation of recycled glass to the sloping cathedral ceilings.
- Extensive use of clearstory glazing and roof lights providing high levels of natural day light.
- Solar design to give passive solar gain and net heat load.
- Inclusion of timber fin solar shade fin louvers to control solar gain & glare.
- Low E, argon filled triple glazed energy efficient timber doors, windows & faÃ§ade fenestration.
- Fully draft sealing airtight construction with air lock revolving entrance door.
- Regulated natural cross & natural stack ventilation to improve thermal performance
- Provision of low energy LED lighting system through out.
- Full DDA compliant access & provision made for disabled persons.
- Super low flush water saving toilets.
- Wash hand basins with water saving aerated tap heads.
- Dyson super-efficient air blade hand dryers.
- Installation of Double A** energy saving electrical appliances & IT equipment.
- Provision for extensive recycling facilities.
- Avoidance of formaldehyde & off gassing processed materials.
- Solvent free emulsion paints, stains & finishes used throughout.
Option to Add: Pending Future Funding & Approvals:
- Biomass Wood Pellet Boiler to serve new and existing with low carbon space heating & hot water.
- 4 to 8 kWp of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels to produce renewable electricity from the sun.
- Rain Water Harvester System to centrally collect rain water for WC flushing & garden irrigation.
- Lime plaster to internal walls.
The proposals preserve what is significant and vulnerable about this existing site and further enhances the asset with better connections with access for all, both physically and educationally to meet the clients brief. The proposed building when complete will be an invaluable asset to the existing site facilities, enhancing education, learning and enjoyment at the Monastery for all. The proposed design relates to the scale and materiality of the existing listed building asset, but is of its time and does not try and copy what is already a powerful and scholarly work of art. The proposed design will provide inspirational spaces to raise the sprit & nurture the soul, whilst dramatically improving the operational flexibility & business sustainability of the Monastery for the benefit of all.
The new frontage will complete a building of harmony and beauty, built to the geometry, footprint and alignments determined by Pugin’s original architecture, so that the Monastery resonates with the Divine as was originally intended.
When complete the proposals will allow the Monastery to be ‘open every day for everyone’.