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Go Down to the Woods for David Austin & Associates

Replacing a tent kitchen

Thanks to David Austin & Associates, Ruskin Mill now boasts an extraordinary new kitchen and dining space for some 140 students and 1000 visitors who attend each year. Located deep in the site’s extensive woodland, the new 157 square-metre kitchen-dining area is a long-overdue replacement for their rustic Woodland Kitchen. Now that was a thing – a tent kitchen with a tarpaulin roof and minimal weatherproofing that evolved from an original ‘camp kitchen’ and struggled to accommodate 50 diners!

Cosiness, lightness and stunning design

From a structure on the verge of dilapidation to a paragon of warmth, cosiness, light and stunning design, Grant Hitchcock’s spiral snail-shell space reflects his practice’s environmental sensitivity and the sustainability imperative of the college’s brief.

The new space features a Rayburn wood-burning stove-boiler for heating and hot water. With its timber walls giving an impressive U value of 0.23, it caught our attention immediately – not only for its aesthetics, but for passing its Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) first time!

An EPC rating of A

Summing up the project, Energist’s Jon Ponting says: ‘By the time the biomass boiler and superb insulation is factored in, this is a structure that, to Grant’s, and David Austin & Associates’, credit, will deliver an EPC rating of A. We’re thrilled to have been able to help with the achievement – given the great work the Ruskin Mill Trust does, it couldn’t be for a better cause either.’

Jon Ponting

Author: Jon Ponting

This article was published by Jon Ponting on 13.05.2013.