This simple building for the Highfield Park Trust, built on the site of an old storage compound replaces and supplements facilities used in the original West Lodge nearby. lt now provides a vital hub and a more appropriate base for the Trust’s activities and as a venue for visitors, and local organisations.The generous entrance porch and lobby give access to the Trust office on one side, and disabled toilet to the other, leading to a large central meeting room, with an office and mess room on opposite sides. The design accommodates numerous functions in an architecturally effective manner. Construction is deliberately simple: a timber roof and canopy structure extending over and out from blockwork walls. Roofs, walls and floor are highly insulated, with an air source heat pump supplementing heating and hot water supply. A clay plain tile roof and dark stained weatherboarding emphasise the barn style of the building, fitting into the park setting which is aided by the retention of existing hedge lines and new planting. This unassuming, effective, and quietly distinguished building provides a most appropriate and important centre for the valuable work of the Trust in the park and with the local community.

Client: Highfield Park Trust
Architect: Roger Mears Architects
Structural Engineer: Rodrigues Associates
Landscape design: BretonThomas
Contractor: ASM Construction Services