Paul was project architect for the design and construction for this new building to house the learning resource centre at Kingston Maurward College. The site sits within a Grade II* registered historic parkland and lies adjacent to Kingston Maurward House and the Old Manor House, both Grade I listed buildings. It was therefore a challenging design exercise to accommodate a new library facility along with classrooms, laboratories and computer suites in a way which was sympathetic to this very sensitive setting.
The design, which had to respond appropriately to the parkland to the south and Kingston Maurward House to the north, was developed in close association with the Conservation Officer at West Dorset District Council, English Heritage and the client. The solution involves the lower floor being cut into the slope of the ground to reduce the massing of the building, and the profile and shape of the building following the site contours to reduce the overall impact.
The scheme demanded high quality materials and included a sedum roof and timber boarding which were selected to be sympathetic to the surroundings. To the north the rectangular stone clad entrance pavilion establishes a link with the adjacent Kingston Maurward House.
The result is a building which not only satisfies the functional requirements of the College, but is also sensitive to its context and provides an uplifting and pleasurable place in which to work.