Visitor Hub ,Crawick Multiverse, Sanquhar
The Coalface was designed for Crawick Multiverse, the Charles Jencks land art installation created on the site of a former coalfield in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway.
A 2022 Civic Trust Regional Finalist, the prefab design provides an economical, sustainable solution for an elegant structure housing both amenities for local visitors, and opportunities to make the site accessible to new visiting groups.
The concept: a structure that would be possible within a small budget; would be constructed off site, delivered and installed, keeping disruption to the site to a minimum; and would provide a collection of independent, small spaces, configured to create an additional multipurpose courtyard.
The facility offers combinations of public and private access, and the ability to open and close off separate areas as required during different seasons.
The facility comprises: a small on site office with meeting space, individual workspaces and kitchen facilities; a ticket booth for the sale of refreshments and site related items. The adjoining spaces can be entered form the courtyard and/or directly from the site, and will work either as one unit or independently of each other depending on the level of staffing. Other spaces include a secure store and a block of 4 unisex WCs , one with disabled access, one for families and all designed for use by younger children.
Three pre-used, recycled containers were fitted out off-site at Echo’s workshop. Each space is independent of the other keeping heating and power requirements to a minimum where only one area is needed.
The small office space is highly insulated and is lined in spruce timber panels. Two double glazed doors provide natural ventilation and direct access to both the site and into the courtyard space. The adjoining shop and ticket booth is separated from the main office space by a sliding door to prevent heat loss. A secure store sits opposite, and on the third side a block of 4 WCs with robust stainless steel fittings, floor and galvanised corrugate lined interior walls designed to be easily maintained. The WCs are designed to be accessed from the courtyard and also from the car park for public use out of hours.
The courtyard creates new opportunities for activities on the Multiverse site throughout the year, and has been created using minimal additional resources. Heavy sliding doors continue the buildings Larch cladding detail, and internally the courtyard is clad in poplar panels, A sedum roof slows run off of rainwater to the surrounding area, replacing the small area of habitat now covered by new structure.
Location : Crawick Mulitverse , Sanquhar
Client : Crawick Mulitverse Trust
Gross Internal Area : approx. 65m2
Photos : ECHO
Status : Built
Graphic Design : Carrot Top Design, Sanquhar
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