Bedales School is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire. Its new Art and Design building designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has a strong sense of countryside drawing references from traditional agricultural buildings by creating a series of connected barn forms.
Materials were used in their natural state throughout. This includes renewable natural products including sustainably sourced timber for cladding and Troldtekt’s wood wool panels for acoustics, all of which help to reduce the embodied carbon in the construction.
The form and east-west orientation of the pitched roofs on the five new buildings defines a series of carefully scaled, north-lit studio spaces. Their dramatic pitched ceilings comprise Troldtekt acoustic panels on one side to absorb sound and improve acoustics. On the other side, natural light is maximised and the need for artificial lighting reduced. In what is otherwise a lightweight building, the thermal mass of exposed concrete surfaces contributes to a stable internal temperature.
Specified throughout the UK and Europe, the benefits of 100% Troldtekt natural wood wool panels include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability as documented by Cradle to Cradle certification at silver level.
They are specified to improve acoustics in many different projects such as schools, leisure centres, pools, commercial, private and public buildings. Available in various sizes and in four grades from extreme fine to coarse, they can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour.