05 Jun 2015

Clay Farm Community Centre Starts on Site

Corde, a new joint venture company consisting of architects ADP, services engineers KJ Tait and structural engineers AKS Ward, is delivering a new £8.2m mixed-use community centre. The new centre, which is now on site, incorporates a medical centre, residential units, a library, police and social services touchdown facilities and community spaces.

Corde brings together the expertise of the three design disciplines to maximise the benefits of BIM. The use of BIM for this design has enabled the design development process to be streamlined, assisting the coordination process for this complex building. The 3D modelling has also helped with the resolution of intricate services distribution issues generated by the different functions and layouts at each floor level. 

The community centre has been designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and the Code for Sustainable Homes level 4. The flexible building design has natural daylighting and ventilation, thermally efficient building fabric, and materials with low embodied energy. 

The design was developed in close consultation with developers of the neighbouring sites throughout the briefing process, and design and construction stages. This ensured the services provided within the building would complement the neighbouring facilities and that the building would integrate successfully into its surroundings. The building is due to open in 2017.