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Waterloo City Farm Education Barn by Feilden Fowles

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A backland site in central London is the site for an initiative to transform children’s lives through learning experiences outside the classroom. Photography by Peter Cook

Waterloo City Farm embodies Feilden Fowles’ values for education: that spaces for learning should be aspirational and uplifting; that they should inspire a sense of pride, value and ownership, enabling them to have an impact within the community. 

A backland site in central London provided an opportunity for collaboration between Feilden Fowles and two charities – Jamie’s Farm and Oasis Waterloo – to transform the lives of children through learning experiences outside the classroom. Despite economic constraints, the three organisations together raised funds to deliver a masterplan that has created London’s most central urban farm and a centre for the local community.

Drawings

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Site plan

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Short section

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Long section

Owned by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and developed under a ‘meanwhile-use’ lease, all structures including the barn have been designed as prefabricated timber frames that can be disassembled easily and reconfigured in the future – acknowledging the impermanence of the site. The articulated truss structure of the barn creates a lofty and uplifting space for congregation. An insulated classroom has been inserted in the north-west corner, providing a quieter space for focused learning. 

Fergus Feilden, director, Feilden Fowles

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Project data

Start on site May 2014
Completion February 2018
Gross internal floor area Farm: 1,630m2; barn: 290m2
Construction cost Barn: £143,000
Construction cost per m2 £493
Lighting consultant Re-Lit (a charitable branch of Michael Grubb Studio)
Architect Feilden Fowles
Structural engineer Structure Workshop
Main contractor Timber Workshop
Fit out contractor Mansel Land

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Detail description 

The selected materials were chosen on the basis of being economical and typically found in agricultural settings. 

The truss form of the Douglas fir main barn frame gives character to the main space and is echoed in the form of the timber cladding of the barn’s main façade facing Carlisle Lane.

Translucent GRP was chosen to clad the long façades, allowing light to penetrate the space. Sliding galvanised steel barn doors open to reveal the central path that runs the length of the farm site. Galvanised steel is also used for the cladding of the classroom and its door. 

The insulated classroom is lined with birch-faced ply, selected for its economy and whitewashed to lift the finish. It provides space for shelving and pinned-up work. The classroom provides a more traditional learning environment but retains a simple, agricultural aesthetic in line with the whole site. One deep-set double-glazed unit, framed in steel angles, provides a view to the outside and a place to sit. 

Fergus Feilden, director, Feilden Fowles

Detail drawings

Wcf barn classroom section and elevation copy

Wcf barn classroom section and elevation copy

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Barn classroom section and elevation

Wcf barn classroom entrance door copy

Wcf barn classroom entrance door copy

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Barn classroom entrance door

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Selected products

Larch timber frame
Somerscales of Grimsby. Timber sourced from Hampshire, the Lake District and Scotland, Main barn

Cladding timber 
Local supplier. Grown and milled in Devon 

Barn door 
IAE Agriculture, Galvanised steel frame and galvanised steel sheet cladding
www.iae.co.uk 

Main barn cladding
CladCo Profiles, 14/3 Corrugated GRP
www.cladco.co.uk 

Steel cladding
Accord Steel Cladding, 0.5mm 14/3 corrugated galvanised steel, classroom
www.steelroofsheets.co.uk

Classroom clerestory
Varico, 25mm Multiwall Roofing Sheet, clear
www.varicoltd.com

Main barn post footings
Batavon, galvanised steel
www.albat.co.uk 

Double-glazed unit
Lead Designs. Toughened, 28mm classroom window
www.leaddesigns.co.uk 

Insulation
Celotex (donation), 100mm rigid insulation, classroom
www.celotex.co.uk 

Window frames
The Metal Store. 40 x 40 x 5mm galvanised steel angle, classroom window/door
www.themetalstore.co.uk

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Readers' comments (1)

  • What a beautiful barn conversion, now i have one confusion, picture: source peter cooke picture, is that the side of the barn or just another building?

    we also do wooden framed buildings at https://buildingconstructor.co.uk

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