King’s College, Taunton
Deep-plan naturally lit and ventilated school library and classrooms with hand made brick, adjacent to a listed building
Built on a complex site alongside a mid-19th century grade II listed school the deep-plan building consists of a series of gabled spaces, incorporating roof lights.
The saw tooth north lights introduce indirect daylight to the library, which is placed on the first floor offices, resource spaces and teaching spaces on the ground floor.
Randomly placed windows provide strategic views out of the building – with a number of bays providing reading spaces and animating the facade, with ventilation provided by a number of perforated metal screens that open independently.
The use a mix of four bricks and a lime mortar reflects the texture and character of the original sandstone stone walls.
- Begun: Feb 2010
- Completed: Jan 2011
- Floor area: 620m2
- Sector: Education
- Total cost: £1.4M
- Procurement: JCT 2005 Intermediate
- Address: King's College, South Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3LA, United Kingdom
- Architect: Mitchell Taylor Workshop
- Client: The governors, King’s College
- Structural engineer: Hydrock Structures 1
- M&E consultant: Buro Happold
- Quantity surveyor: Peter Ballingall Associates
- Quantity surveyor: Clark Associates
- Main contractor: R G Spiller
- CDM coordinator: Mitchell Taylor Workshop
- Approved building inspector : Oculus Consultancy