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HawkinsBrown Unveils New Green-Roofed Prefab Prep School in Kent, UK

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On May 20, 2013 @ 5:14 pm In Architecture,Gallery,Green Building | No Comments

Hilden Grange Prep School, Hawkins\Brown, Prefab school UK, School design, green school design, redevelopment UK, Victorian buildings UK, sustainable building, BREEAM rating, BREEAM certification, Alpha Plus Group [1]

The school [2] which is run by Alpha Plus Group is reserved for children aged three to thirteen and is located upon a hill within a conservation area on the edge of Tonbridge in Kent. New wings, which include specialist art and science classrooms and a library, were set into the hillside with terraced exterior areas which reconnect the school to the surrounding landscape.

Apart from its sunken part, which had to built from blockwork and concrete, the rest of the school was built entirely from prefabricated cross-laminated timber [3]. This highly efficient method of construction is known for creating well insulated and naturally cooled rooms. It also allowed for most of the components to be manufactured offsite and ensure that the schools stayed open during the renovation.

+ HawkinsBrown [4]

Via Archdaily [5], Archello [6], Plataforma Arquitectura [7]

Photos by Tim Crocker [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/05/Hilden-Grunge-Hawkins-Brown-Architects-2.jpg

[2] school: http://inhabitat.com/6-exceptional-eco-schools/the-green-school/

[3] prefabricated cross-laminated timber: http://inhabitat.com/the-rubber-house-is-a-prefab-home-made-from-secondhand-materials-in-the-netherlands/rubber-house-city-forster-6/

[4] + HawkinsBrown: http://www.hawkinsbrown.com/

[5] Archdaily: http://www.archdaily.com/367008/hilden-grange-hawkins-brown/

[6] Archello: http://www.archello.com/en/project/ritblat-building-hilden-grange-preparatory-school

[7] Plataforma Arquitectura: http://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/2013/05/14/hilden-grange-hawkins-brown/

[8] Tim Crocker: http://www.timcrocker.co.uk/

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