Client: The Environment Agency
RIBA SW Region Countryside Design Award 2001:Commendation
A new office for The Environment Agencyâs offices in BodminÂ was completed in June 1998.The brief stated that a sensitive design with a high environmentalÂ performance was required. To compliment the VictorianÂ architecture of two adjoining buildings, (the former officersâ messÂ and commanding officersâ residential accommodation) FormÂ Design have designed a low level contrasting building whichÂ both addresses the environmental brief requirements and isÂ sensitive to the parkland frontage of the site.
The following are key elements of the design:
- Structural timber frame from managed British Woodland,Green Oak and Douglas Fir – from the Longleat Estate
- Natural ventilation and high internal daylight penetration
- Planted, insulated roof providing a stable internalÂ temperature, good visual qualities
- Use of ânaturalâ materials and finishes including recycledÂ insulation material and timber cladding to reduceÂ embodied energy costs