Proposals revealed for sustainable Suffolk community hall

Architects have unveiled new plans for a community hall to be built in Framlingham in the Suffolk countryside. The single-storey building, designed to be sustainable, will be constructed with a timber frame and cover 292 square metres.

The new structure will replace St Michael’s Rooms located close by Framlingham Castle and the Grade I listed Church of St Michael the Archangel. The building is 130 years old, contains no insulation and is suffering from subsidence issues due to its shallow and basic foundations.

Plans for the new building have been in the works since 2018 and feature an expansive main hall that has a glazed dormer and vaulted ceiling, along with an office, meeting room, store, kitchen and toilet facility. The improved community hall plans have been developed to meet the needs of those using it including play groups for children, lunch clubs and dance classes. Designs have also future-proofed the building to accommodate other potential users, including options for a local film club.

Forward-thinking architects from Nantwich to Suffolk draft plans not just for the present but with the future needs of communities in mind. This thinking isn’t just limited to building use however, creating designs that are sustainable and work with consideration to their environment is the future of architecture.

The proposal for the hall indicates the considerate choices made, such as specialist foundations that will not harm mature tree in the area and a scale that offers a discreet presence in its location so as not to spoil the current aesthetic.

Subject to permission for planning being granted, the new scheme could potentially start this autumn.

Posted by Mark
March 10, 2020

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