Chadwickdryerclarke were approached by Newnham Scout Group, Cambridge, to replace their existing Scout Hut with a new building that would be sustainable, part self-build , flexible and reflect the nature of its users. The primary use of the building is for the Scout and Guide groups, but the building would also be a venue to hire by local groups and the adjacent school.
The site is in a leafy urban location in central Cambridge , adjacent to a school and with several mature trees. These constraints mean that the existing building footprint provides the only possible location for any new build.
Working with the Project Steering Group we developed the Brief, identifying the building programme and key aspirations. One of these was for straw bale construction and for the Scouts to be able to self-build part of the building.
Our solution is a timber frames structure with external walls of lime rendered straw bale construction and a over sailing roof of cedar shingles. The straw bales in the walls would be sourced locally and non-load bearing.
ground floor plan
first floor plan