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Products: The Arts Space

A selection of the products used in Hewitt Studios’ Arts Space in Hereford

Architect’s choices

Strong local provenance, sustainability and simple construction and maintenance were all key drivers in our selection, leading to the choice of timber for much of our structure and cladding materials. The laminated timber frame was manufactured off site to reduce on-site construction time and its associated disruption - a key consideration for an occupied student campus. Only certified timber from sustainably managed forests was used.

  • Paul Younger, associate, Hewitt Studios

Laminated timber frame

The ‘twisted-trestle’ structure is made from glu-laminated timber beams/columns, cross laminated timber panels and slender steel props.

CLT was used as it allows panels to span two ways.

External timber cladding

The locally sourced English cedar helps connect the building to its surroundings (the remnants of a parkland setting). Naturally resinous and needing no treatment, cedar will mellow, turning silver-grey with age to blend with its aluminium backing panel.

Anodised aluminium

Polished, anodised aluminium cladding is used to reflect adjacent greenery and the changing sky. At night it takes on a ‘festive’ character - variegated
strips of low-power LEDs illuminate the panels.

Plywood cladding

The FSC-certified marine plywood cladding is stained with Sadolin Volcanic Ash wood treatment.

It lends the panels a dark, leathery appearance, which belies their modest origins.

Fritted glazing

A white ceramic frit is silk-screened onto the main entrance facade glazing to create solar control and a projection screen. Projector housings are built into adjacent display panels so student work can be presented at after-hours events.

Internal timber cladding

Local English ash-slatted wall panels conceal acoustic and thermal insulation.

Poured flooring

Flowshield LXP HD was chosen for its flexibility, durability and solvent-free credentials. The thermal mass of the poured floor and screed helps mediate temperature extremes; underfloor heating provides background warmth. The reflective finish doubles the space’s visual height, creating
ricochets of light.

Acoustic panels

Strata felt/PPC aluminium panels were manufactured by Hewitt Studios. The suspended acoustic panels provide high-level visual focus and important environmental control, while also being sustainably sourced.

Porous landscape surfacing

This black crumb material is made from recycled trainers and manufacturing scrap. Flexible, strong and porous, it was used at the base of feature trees to protect them and cut the risk of their drying out.

Oak cubes

Angle-cut corners reference the geometry of the building. The untreated oak will blacken with age, nearing the colour of the stained plywood panels.

Zinc flashing

This provides a reflective accent to the roof deck’s edge and offers a low-maintenance, self-finished material that will age gracefully.


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