St James School Technology Block in Ashford

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St James School Technology Block in Ashford

London Educational Building Development, Surrey, UK – design by Squire and Partners

6 Jan 2016

St James School Technology Block in Ashford

Design: Squire and Partners, Architects

Location: Ashford, Surrey, south east England, UK

Squire and Partners’ approach to the Design and Technology block at St James’ School was to combine a historically referenced crafted timber construction with modern technology, and attempt to reconcile the two to create an authentic structure which will inspire the students, and serve the school for years to come.

St James School Technology Block

Occupying an area within the St James School grounds previously home to an ad hoc collection of sheds and storage units, Squire and Partners’ new Design Technology block was designed to accommodate 20 students and two teaching staff as well as an office, plant and store room.

St James School Technology Block

St James School Technology Block

St James School Technology Block

Taking inspiration from the craftsmanship and simple technology of timber-frame buildings in the southeast of England, the building envelope is clad in a black vertical weather-board and cover strip system, within which a concealed gutter and flush pyramidal roof-light ensures the purity of the building form is not compromised.

St James School Technology Block

St James School Technology Block

St James School Technology Block

The traditional pegged mortise and tenon joints within the timber frame are counterpoised by steel hex-head fixings and sheets of birch-faced ply panels lining the walls, balancing tradition and modernity. The honesty of construction and robust interior provide a simple and practical backdrop for the workshop activities within.

St James School Technology Block

Exposing the timber structure and employing traditional construction methods were an important part of the project, as it clearly displays to the students the beauty, longevity and practicality of timber as a building material.

St James School Technology Block

St James School Technology Block

St James School Technology Block – Building Information

Client: St James Senior Boys’ School
Architect: Squire and Partners
Contractor: STP Solutions Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Bollingbrook
Structure: Eckersley O’Callaghan
Wood Supplier: Carpenter Oak & Woodland

St James School Technology Block

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Squire and Partners

Address: St James Senior Boys, Church Rd, Ashford, Surrey TW15 3DZ
Phone: 01784 266930


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