Client: Swale Borough Council
Project: New build Village/Community Hall
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Further progress has been made on site this week in Sittingbourne! The oak shakes are currently being fitted to the light canons and the interior spaces are coming together. The new village hall is due to be completed next month and will be named “Lakeview Village Hall”.
The village hall is largely built out of timber. We were keen to exploit the sustainability credentials of wood as it is a grown material of minimal processing energy. With little pollution and best of all it is composed of locked carbon generated by the tree’s absorption of carbon dioxide. The timber products used in the design of this village hall include structurally insulated panels (SIPs), a glulam softwood structural frame, oak shakes on the light canons and glulam coppiced sweet chestnut external wall cladding. Coppiced sweet chestnut was a perfect choice as it is not only grown and processed within the Kent and Sussex Weald, it also pays homage to the hop poles that used the very same wood source and that were so prevalent in the landscapes around Sittingbourne. Internally, the Granwood floor blocks are formed of a wood/cement composite as are the acoustic ceiling panels.