Cornwall County Council
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.