Combining Traditional and Modern
Tyack Architects’ design incorporates traditional facing materials such as oak featheredge boarding, a corrugated tin roof and Cotswold stone. However, the project team needed a structural solution which would allow all building work to be completed over a five-month period, in time for the busy spring season. Additionally, the owners were keen for the new facility to be as energy efficient as possible, both to reduce carbon emissions and overall running costs. To achieve this, the Kingspan TEK Building System
was designed and installed by Kingspan TEK Delivery Partner, Glosford SIPs, forming the structural shell of the building.
Kingspan TEK Building System is comprised from structural insulated panels (SIPs)
which feature a high performance, rigid insulation core sandwiched between two layers of OSB/3. The 142 mm panels chosen for the Ox Shed can achieve U-values of 0.20 W/m2
K or better without the need for additional insulation. In addition, their unique jointing system and OSB/3 facing ensured a highly airtight building with excellent insulation continuity, limiting repeating thermal bridges.
Design and Delivery
Glosford SIPs worked with the project team to develop the initial plans into the design for the Kingspan TEK Building System. Once these were agreed, the panels were precision cut to the dimensions required, including openings for all the windows and doors. The pre-cut panels were then delivered to site to a carefully co-ordinated schedule.
The lightweight design, simple jointing and offsite onstruction of the Kingspan TEK Building System allowed the shell to be constructed in just 2 weeks without the need for significant onsite adjustments, reducing waste. Once a breather membrane was applied to the face of the panels, the shell could be made weathertight. This allowed internal fitout work to commence whilst the oak cladding was being applied, supporting a much faster build programme than what would have been possible with a masonry construction.
Now open, the new visitor centre is earning rave reviews. Its thermally efficient envelope ensures guests are kept cosy and warm, whilst details such as the glulam rafters help to tie the building within its traditional setting. Large panoramic patio doors at one end of the restaurant help to open the building out during the summer and provide plenty of winter sun in the cooler months.