Feilden Fowles have been interviewed by This Is Paper for a profile piece about our projects, design ethos and studio culture. We spoke about the cultural and historical drivers in our more sensitive work and the role of dialogue and testing within the office. The article is due to appear towards the end of the year.
Feilden Fowles’ latest edition to Calvert 22 Gallery opened today; a new cafe facility to complement the foundation’s reference library area, and a move to expand the gallery’s increasing public programmes. See more here.
Work began on site last week for both the All-Weather Sports Pitch and new Applied Learning Centre at Ralph Allen School in Bath.
Feilden Fowles have been working with the school since 2009 on the delivery of a whole-school masterplan, of which this work will form the second phase. Once the groundwork is complete the slab will be cast and the pre-fabricated timber structure is planned for erection at the end of this year.
Ralph Allen School has won planning permission from Bath & North East Somerset local authority.
The project on Claverton Down Road in Bath provided many challenges on a strategic level. At the wider scale, the site chosen by the local authority is within the designated green belt in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and sits on what is classed as playing field. The building was sited towards the front of the school to achieve a civic presence, making it accessible for both the wider community and school. The block acts as a buffer from the road, protecting the classrooms which will look onto gardens and rolling hill beyond to the south.
The school plans to use the project as an exemplar environmental building, with passive measures in place and live building energy feeds on display. The design is for a building partly embedded in the landscape and accessed directly at gallery level by ramps. A sweet chestnut façade gives way to dark-stained precast panels at the lower level, which express deep cuts in the building’s envelope at key entry points.
Feilden Fowles have recently been appointment by Hazlegrove Preparatory School, to design their new £1.2m Teaching and Learning Centre.
The new building is intended to be “the Academic Hub of the school. A flexible and innovative blend of teaching areas and learning environments. A building that inspires children to explore the excitement of learning”. Work will commence in July 2012 for completion by Summer 2014.
The timber frame is now emerging from the remains of the 19th century cob and stone barn, all carefully stitched together to unite new and old. Openings are being formed in the existing fabric, allowing for stunning views out to the north.
Our West London refurbishment, Queens Court, is completed. To see the refurbishment in progress and further images please click here.
The canopy went on site over Christmas. See more images of its progress here.
The kitchen and workshop are now on site and making good progress.