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Pangbourne College wanted to update its 1950s’ boarding houses to rival the outstanding natural beauty of it's surroundings. They engaged the services of an old Pangbournian, Rob Mitchell and partner Kris Eley (Mitchell Taylor Workshop), for the provision of two excellent new buildings.  Built to deliver sustainability through both longevity and the use of natural materials, the resulting new boarding house and ICT/music building have also provided a stunning new façade to the impressive college.

Variety of Arrangements

Both buildings utilise contrasting materials to stunning visual effect.  The new accommodation block couples traditional brickwork with an incredibly diverse array of timber cladding, utilising Russwood’s SILA A/B® in its natural, uncoated state to respond to the woodland beyond. 

Contrasting Yet Complementing

The ICT/music centre, in a nod to its more modern function, defines the music recital area in a striking silver metal mesh.  This stands tall next to the rest of the Communications Centre, differentiated by swathes of timber placed in a generous, horizontal, overlapping arrangement.  Like the boarding house, the SILA A/B® cladding has been left untreated to naturally weather to a silvery grey, in this instance to mimic the patination of the neighbouring aluminium.

Consistent Quality

“Our experience of working with Russwood has always been positive, and the consistently high grade of sustainable Siberian Larch (SILA) supplied means that we can specify with surety.  In addition to this, the natural durability properties of SILA A/B® ensured that we have confidence in its longevity, and the fact that we could leave it untreated to patinate was very appealing and suited the demands of this project.  This product undoubtedly helped us to deliver an excellent building.” Kris Eley, Mitchell Taylor Workshop.

Riba Award Submission 2013 and Education Architect of the Year Award 2013 – finalist

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