Ibstock Place School Refectory
The Refectory is a reimagined grand timber hall with a lofty structure that celebrates communal school life. A century – old oak staircase at the heart of the school prompted a determination, to build on the history of timber craftsmanship.
The design is a seemingly simple barn – like form, built on the footprint of the previous dining facilities but with triple the usable floorspace through the addition of basement and mezzanine levels. A step roof profile defines the three primary functions – hall, servery and kitchens – and allows glimpsed views to a wooded backdrop.
Low eaves offer a welcoming human scale to the significant volume and allow the refectory to sit subservient to the original, locally listed school building.
The pinnacle of the building is the timber roof, an intricate lattice of glulam beams rising to three glazed lanterns. The exposed structure resonates with adjacent mature London plane trees, which were preserved through careful foundation design.
Within the diamond grid, acoustic absorption is provided behind oak slats, offering a soothing visual and aural hush to the 500 – pupil space.
The lanterns deliver daylight and support natural ventilation. To preserve the visual harmony between spruce and oak, accelerated ageing lab tests were carried out on timber samples and a UV – stable, white – tinted fire – proofing coating was developed.
Wood SupplierCapital Crispin Veneers
SpeciesSilver birch (Russia), European beech and oak (Germany)
Manufacturer Isokon Plus