SECTOR: Education – CONTRACT VALUE: £150,000 – DATE COMPLETED: September 1998
AWARDS: RIBA Design Award Winner 1999 & Civic Trust Awards Commendation 2003
The project involved the improvement of recreational facilities – providing bar, games, concert, events and dining areas. After stripping out partitions, a space was created on the ground floor of the main teaching and administration block and expanded with a timber-framed glazed extension overlooking a courtyard which creates an airy inside-outside space.
The rationale behind the internal arrangement was to place strategically a series of significant built objects or pieces of furniture to create both open and intimate spaces.
The bar is a robust drum which unfolds when open, providing bench seating; a wooden box houses vending machines and two box-like screens with holes punched through line up with circular windows. The 1960s concrete coffered ceiling has been exposed and services are suspended from it. The floor is reclaimed pitch pine, raised floor areas are reached by ramps, defined by plinths which act as seats.
The project gained a RIBA Award.
“This is an exemplary project and demonstrates that good design is not dependent on a substantial budget but on the creativity of the architect, the engagement of the client and the enthusiasm and commitment of all concerned. The students of Grimsby College clearly enjoy the fruits of this collaboration – lucky devils.” RIBA Jury.