Site Progress, Sittingbourne
Client: Swale Borough Council
Project: New build Village/Community Hall
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The new village hall will become part of the rapidly enlarging neighbourhood of Great Easthall to the northeast of Sittingbourne in Kent. The new building will be named Lakeview Village Hall by local residents. Our upmost aim was to create a ‘marker on the map’ and provide a visual, community focal point within its emerging townscape and landscape setting. “Lakeview Village Hall Trust was granted charitable status on 28th March 2017, the charity has been registered by the charities commission UK Charity Number 1172312”.
The on site construction works of the village hall are nearing completion and the hall is due to commence operations this summer.
The use of timber products includes the structurally insulated panels (SIPs) of the external walls, the glulam softwood structural frame, the oak shakes of the light canons and the glulam coppiced sweet chestnut of the external wall cladding. Coppiced sweet chestnut is not only grown and processed within the Kent and Sussex Weald, it also pays homage to the hop poles that are prevalent in the landscapes around Sittingbourne. Internally, the Granwood floor blocks are formed of a wood/cement composite as are the acoustic ceiling panels.
Unusually there is no sand and cement floor screed. Instead the floor slab consists of a concrete slab with all the insulation laid beneath and up the sides of it. With no floor screed, all the floor finishes are laid onto the concrete slab, with the vinyl finishes using a latex screed to make up the difference floor finish depth.
Passive ventilation ducts provide the ventilation to the main hall spaces. Motorised louvres can be adjusted to increase or decrease the levels of fresh air into the building. The light canons serve an important role in creating the stratification of air volume in the hall that in turn draws the air through the inlet louvres at low level and out through the high level vents mounted on the sides of the canons. The foyer space uses manually openable window vents and skylights to create much the same effect.
Upon completion we are hopeful that the Village Hall will provide a great home and focus for neighbourhood events and parties well into the future. We hope the new facility will stimulate a sense of place and belonging to the residents of Great Easthall.
For further details on the project visit our current projects page on our website.