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Pedder and Scampton unwraps Battersea education centre

[FIRST LOOK] Islington-based Pedder and Scampton has completed a horticultural training building in London’s Battersea Park

The curved, larch-clad building replaces a collection of existing huts and cabins. The centre includes a glazed ‘orangery’, offices, training rooms, and kitchen.

The scheme for Thrive - a charity which teaches people with disabilities gardening skillsm - is being billed as a new ‘landmark’ building for the organisation.

The gardens surrounding the building have been designed by award-winning landscape designer Sarah Price, and will be planted by the charity.

Pedder and Scampton

The architect’s view

‘The first element is a glazed ‘orangery’ that forms an entrance space and circulation zone as well as a working area for ‘dirty’ activities. This space is designed to be left open to the garden all day throughout the year, accessed through ‘up and over’ doors. Unheated, this robust space is lined with plywood and benches, and can accommodate large numbers of muddy boots

‘The second element consists of an office, training rooms, kitchen, shower and WC. These spaces are arranged under a taller mono-pitched barn-like roof. All rooms look out over the garden and have clerestory windows that give views up over the orangery into the tree canopy.

‘The building has been positioned to maximise the benefit from solar gain, and incorporates a natural ventilation strategy, solar shading and rainwater harvesting.’

Pedder and Scampton

Project data

Location Battersea, London
Type of project training building
Client Thrive    
Architect Pedder & Scampton 
Structural engineer Jane Wernick Associates (A-E), Tellett Engineering Consultants Ltd (F-L)
Quantity surveyor Baqus
Main contractor Barley McNaughton Ltd    
Start on site date August 2013 
Completion date January 2014    

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