Newcastle upon Tyne

2012

‘A welcoming place for the whole community’ was the brief. The site is located in the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall.

Corner blocks are re-built with lime mortar and the existing bricks re-used and wrapped around a super
warm timber frame. The inserted fifth element is covered in an external mesh which controls the light, view and solar gain to the building and is LED-lit at night. Clay from the basement excavation will help create a massive rammed earth wall and community-made earth blocks.
The 8000 sqm site has been designed to enhance the flora and fauna utilising a ‘permaculture’ approach: encouraging diversity.