Bluecoats Early Excellence Centre, Torrington

This simple but attractive new building in the grounds of the primary school provides comprehensive Early Years provision for families in the Torrington area of North Devon.

King Shaw Associates worked closely with the Architect to design a low energy building using a palette of natural materials from recycled or sustainable sources. The two storey building is constructed from panelised timber frames, prefabricated in the supplier’s works, thus minimising site activities and enabling quick erection.

The building is super-insulated, with under floor heating, natural ventilation and extensive use of daylight. The central atrium space provides stack effect ventilation for the building and a novel form of roof light extends the effective daylight hours by reflecting low angled sunshine into the centre of the building.

Client: Devon County Council
Value: £450,000
Architect: Gale & Snowden