Coneygear Park, Huntingdon
- CLIENT: Huntingdon Town Council
- STATUS: Completed January 2020
- SIZE: 675m2
- BUILDING PRICE: £1,211,625 (excluding all groundworks and external works)
- BUILDING PRICE £PSM: £1,795 (excluding all groundworks and external works)
- ARCHITECTS: Richard Walker www.walkergraham.co.uk
- STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: Ian Harban Associates www.
- EPC RATING: A 18
- AIR PERMEABILITY: 2.9 m3/(h.m2) @50
The centre replaces a much older facility in Huntingdon and the aim of the building is to provide a community space for local residents. The design includes two vaulted halls a library, a break out area and a lounge where people can hold small seminars and meetings.
The building also incorporates some Council offices and shower facilities for the local sports teams who use the adjoining park for recreational games.
The striking design of the centre has two vaulted halls with exposed laminated beams. Externally the building is timber clad with rendered and brick areas to break up the composition of the exterior.
Contracts were signed at the end of 2018 and contractors were on site in February 2019 laying the foundations. The superstructure arrived in 11 lorries during April 2019 and although the building was effectively open in September/October 2019, due to access issues the building was officially opened by the Mayor of Huntingdon in February 2020.
The building, as we would expect, is very energy efficient using air source heat pumps and underfloor heating as the basins of the heating and hot water system.
The 288mm external SIP’s panels provide u-values of 0.18w/m2K, and the air permeability of the finished structure was 2.9 m3/m2/hr at 50pa. The EPC rating was A18.
The building has argon filled double glazing throughout which deliver u-values of 1.2w/m2K.
The roof panels provide u-values of 0.14w/m2K.
The block & beam fully insulated and screeded floor with integral underfloor heating provide u-values of 0.18w/m2K. The centre was fitted with a 24KW air source unit.
During his opening speech the Mayor specifically complemented the Timberworks team on the quality of the build and the workmanship he had seen, and added “We are all very excited for the new facilities and activities for the community that will be provided by the Coneygear Centre and that there will be lots of opportunities for all ages to get involved.”Citation needed
Huntingdon Town Council also vocalised that they “are very excited about the positive impact the new Centre will have on the local community”.
The Coneygear Centre is anticipated to host more than 1,000 visitors per week, attracting individuals, groups and clubs of all age and activity categories. The initiative is all part of Huntingdon Town Councils strategy to create a vibrant town which embraces development and change, whilst tackling any incidents of community isolation.
Download the Coneygear Park elevation plan here