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Tarling Road Community Centre


Utilising Lawray’s technical experience we were approached by Grahams to provide Architectural support as part of the team for the Barnet Framework. Having delivered a number of framework projects, Lawray were given the task of overseeing and developing technical and production information from RIBA Stages 4-7.

The Brief

The proposal sought to replace the existing community centre which had outgrown its purpose and had no longer provided the kind of service the community needed. Looking with a fresh approach the Council wished to provide the community with a new state of the art facility that supported local groups and families. Designed with a glazed central core that sub-divided two distinctive strip timber clad forms. The community centre is a two-storey building with an overhanging feature canopy housing two halls with training facilities, offices, meeting rooms, amenities and a nursery. External landscaping, off road parking and cycle storage all promoted and achieved a BREEAM Very Good rating.

Our Solution

The clearance and excavation of the existing buildings and site presented a need for specialist foundations that co-ordinated with the below ground surface water drainage, which required attention due to the situation of pipework within the steel columns. The interface details required between timber strip cladding, set back glazed curtain walling and SFS construction all required careful co-ordination. The development of a detailed Revit 3D model, that was shared between disciplines and with clash detection all helped to appreciate early design constraints. These were tabled allowing the Contractor to progress from a Stage 4a to 4b process at a pace without disruption on site.

Lawray Architects are an affable bunch of people, easy to work with yet still very professional. That’s especially useful for clients who aren’t used to the everyday business of design, contractors and tenders. They approach the job and client as you would like to think you would do yourself with anyone working in unfamiliar territory.

Daniel Shaw

Torch Theatre General Manager