Project Location – Farleigh, Farleigh Hungerford
Project Type – Gymnasium
Project Status – Completed
My involvement in this project also started during the initial concept stage at Barton Willmore as a architectural assistant and then continued my involvement until completion as a architectural consultant to Arena 1865.
Trying to meet the clients desires within the constraints of planning policy was an extreme challenge for this project. The final proposal was a modern use of the golden section to create a series of arches along the front of the existing chapel and blocked up the first floor windows that were added after the original structure was built when the building was used as a house. The extension to the Chapel was justified by adding up all of the derelict greenhouses, outbuildings and school buildings that were to be removed to show that no additional volume of building was being added to the green belt.
Providing a modern open plan gymnasium within a gothic Grade 2 listed chapel presented a lot of challenges but through these details, the building has gained its own identity. Through a close analysis of the existing grounds, the gothic arch was a prominent feature in the windows and openings of Farleigh House. Using a modern interpretation of these arches, a strip was put in front of the principal elevation which aloud for the wall behind to be fully glazed.