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The Architect’s perspective
Knowle West Media Centre’s old home - a 1950s modular concrete clad former doctors’ surgery - could not have been more different from its new replacement - a straw clad, light-filled, double-height space with elegant, protruding timber beams. But like so much of the story behind this extraordinary project, there is a hidden layer of connection with the present. Once the old building was demolished, all the materials were carefully recorded and re-used wherever practical in the construction of the new building. The old foundations and earth were re-used in the site preparation while specific items such as radiators were recycled.
A strong, sustainability agenda, endorsed enthusiastically by client and architect, drove the design and construction of the new media centre. This unique approach involved a core group of local young people, who contributed to formulating the brief, interviewing potential architects and contractors and had regular contact throughout the build with all professionals involved.
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