Kresen Kernow

Structural Designer

Arup

Client Name

Cornwall County Council

Location

Cornwall, UK

ARCHITECT
Purcell

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
Midas Construction

CIVIL, STRUCTURAL, MEP, LANDSCAPE AND BREEAM
Ove Arup & Partners Ltd

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
Midas Construction

PROJECT MANAGER AND QUANTITY SURVEYOR
Mace Group Ltd
 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This historic brewery site was reconceptualised as the Archive for Cornwall, complete with an associated learning and visitors centre. Operational energy was minimised through comtemporary design techniques, whilst classic construction allowed the reuse of the original cast-iron columns and facades. Sustainable material use and limiting operational energy were key, requiring a holistic design approach.
 

Submitted in 2021

Judge's comment:

The reimagining of a historic but fire damaged derelict brewery building as a modern archive, library and visitor space. 

The reuse and reimagining strategy focused on maintaining as much of the existing building fabric as possible within the visitor centre and teaching space. This approach balanced the significant new build of the highly technical archive space.  Modern design techniques were employed to minimise operational energy in the new archive and traditional construction techniques allowed the reuse of the original cast-iron columns and facades. 

The design of the new extension meets the highest standards for storage and exhibition of archival materials. Achieving such stringent criteria in spite of the historic building setting, flood plain location and complex ground conditions, presented significant challenges to the design team. Their holistic design solution used an exposed reinforced concrete frame to create a stable internal environment and decrease reliance on mechanical intervention.
 
An excellent reuse project with a good balance between sympathetic repair and the creative introduction of new structure to suit a new purpose.
 

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