Buxton Associates

A new community teaching facility in Croydon dedicated to food, both growing it and cooking it.

The structure comprises a simple timber frame bearing directly on to pad foundations. This is a very light structure and so we were able to minimise the extent of excavation.

The site is steeply sloping and so we proposed using rubble filled gabions around the perimeter of the building. This avoided the need for costly earthworks and levelling. It also allows the building to project up above ground level and create a stepped terrace down to the adjacent greenhouses.

The project was completed on time and to budget as a design and build contract.

The building has received a number of awards including a commendation in the New London Architecture Awards 2015 in the education category and the RIBA Best Building award for the local area.

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