Overcoming technical concerns surrounding acoustics and natural light was a challenge, adds Matt. As the team was working within the constraints of a listed building, any new fixings into the existing structure had to be pre-approved by a heritage consultant, meaning that additional time and thought went into every aspect of the build. Targeting an ‘excellent’ rated BREEAM sustainability accreditation was a late decision in
the design process.
Elements such as HVAC and acoustics needed to be considerably amended to achieve the performance criteria required for this rating. However, by working in true partnership, the project partners were able to deliver the changes required, all whilst keeping the project on track (and budget). BREEAM Excellent was eventually awarded, much to the delight of the client and design team.
‘This project is a truly special space,’ says Matt. ‘Nestled in the top of a building seeped in history, it is an unexpected find for people visiting. ‘kin’s philosophy was to keep as much of the building’s existing fabric on display as possible and enhance rather than redesign. The core approach to ‘invite’ people on this journey through the space, rather than ‘dictate’ is something that we are very proud of.’
Photography: Matt Pover