Invited competition – winning scheme
Grizedale Sculpture Park was established in the 1960s at the site of the old Grizedale Hall and quickly established an international reputation for the emergence of the Environmental Art movement with artists such as Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy working within the forest.
The proposal utilises the existing building for all the support spaces and places a new structure for the main classroom on the southern flank of the existing building. A large timber truss spans the full width of the space, to support the roof trusses and thus ensure that the spectacular views down the valley are not obstructed.
The building is constructed from a number of different timbers, using each one to best effect:
The main structure of the building is comprised of home grown Douglas Fir, a timber with excellent structural properties.
Oak has been used for the window frames, internal joinery and floor finishes, where its durability and beautiful grain can be exploited to maximum effect.
Cedar has been used for the roof covering and the external cladding where its ability to resist water penetration is best exploited.
Grizedale Resource Centre – Building Information
Project: Grizedale Resource Centre
Client: Forestry Commission
Project Manager: Turner Townsend
Environmental Engineer: David Eley
Quantity Surveyors: Johnston’s
Engineers: Burgess Roughton
Contractor: Conlon Construction
Design inception: Marc 2002
Completion: Jun 2008
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