Waterloo City Farm

Waterloo City Farm is a community farm located on a previously unused strip of land to the south of Waterloo Station.

Run by two charities – Jamie’s Farm and the Oasis Community Hub – the farm aims to provide a learning resource for local schools and the wider communities, offering children in danger of exclusion from their schools a refuge.

The first phase of the pro-bono scheme provided a series of timber-framed animal pens to house the farm’s pigs, sheep and chickens, a composting toilet, planting areas and two polytunnels.

A large timber framed barn was built as part of the second phase to provide the farm with much-needed educational facilities. Drawing inspiration from traditional tithe barns, the truss form of the Douglas Fir framed barn gives character to the space and its structure can be seen through the corrugated glass fibre cladding which wraps around the outside of the building.

Inside sits a small classroom, clad in galvanised steel and lined internally with birch-faced ply. It provides a more traditional teaching environment while retaining the simple, agricultural aesthetic of the rest of the site.

The site, which is owned by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, has been developed as a meanwhile use and all the buildings on the site have been designed to be demountable, allowing it to be taken down and reconstructed on a new site once its time on this one comes to an end. The prefabricated timber frames can be deconstructed and rebuilt and mechanical fixings can be removed without damage to the structure.

The site also provides the home for Feilden Fowles own studio.

Project: Waterloo City Farm
Client: Oasis Academy / Jamie’s Farm
Location: Waterloo, London
Building Type: Education and farm facilities
Time Scale: 2015-2017
Budget: £150,000
Current Status: Completed

Awards
RIBA London Award 2018 Winner
NLA Awards 2018 Shortlisted
Wood Award 2017 Winner
MacEwen Award 2018 Commendation

Selected Press
July 2018, The RIBA Journal, Full beam: Feilden Fowles’ timber barn shines in its urban context, Eleanor Young
July 2018, AJ Specification, Waterloo Community Farm Education Barn
August 2018, The Guardian, Design a penthouse – then feed the pigs, Oliver Wainwright
May 2019, FX Magazine, Small is Beautiful, Veronica Simpson

Drawing

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Development

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  • WCF Full Site Axo red