Garway Community Centre
The rural Herefordshire village of Garway is busy planning for a sustainable future,
with construction of a new, Passivhaus certified community centre. It has taken many years’
development, but a successful bid to Big Lottery Fund in 2016 has made the project a reality.
Currently three quarters through construction, the centre will provide many functions for the
village, including a large multi-functional hall with full stage / green room etc; an outreach
medical centre, a cafe/bar, part-time post-office and will be home to ‘Garway Live’, a popular
monthly local music event. During construction / design, the adjacent primary school have
realised the opportunity, and will use the centre for their school dinners – the positive social
effect of all generations in the community coming together here will be possible.
The contractors are William Powell & Sons of Hereford.
Simmonds.Mills have brought together again their familiar team – Alan Clarke, M & E; Bob
Johnson Structural Engineer; plus local q.s. Adams Fletcher. Completion of the build aims
to be early in the New Year. As part of the certification process, the first air test recently
achieved a great result – n50, 0.22 ach. The whole team are delighted; in particular, William
Powell & son, since this is their first PH project. To achieve acceptance at tender stage, they
attended a training course at the PassivHaus Academy.
Simmonds.Mills have worked closely on the design with a strong community group;
and the design of the new community centre reflects characteristics of the former, much
loved 80 year-old ‘crinkly tin’ village hall. The new hall echoes the steep pitch of the old, and
inside the building, has a striking glulam arch frame. Exposed timber alludes to a traditional,
natural feel,yet remains in keeping with a contemporary aesthetic. Moreover, through the
use of timber gap boards, plus wood wool slab ceilings, the building emulates the acoustic
bounce and absorbency of the old village hall.
Knauf Insulation are significant material sponsors, with further trials of their ‘Knauf
Supafill blown mineral fibre’, installed by accredited installers Miller Pattison. Externally
render and timber cladding are used; with a galvanised steel roof; the aesthetic pays
reference to the rural context of the old hall, and agricultural buildings, whilst it has a
contemporary edge suited to a 21st century PH building.
Garway Community Centre The rural Herefordshire village of Garway is busy planning for a sustainable future, with construction of a new, Passivhaus certified community centre. It has taken many years’ development, but a successful bid to Big Lottery Fund in 2016 has made the project a reality. Currently three quarters through construction, the centre will provide many functions for the village, including a large multi-functional hall with full stage /... Read more
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