Client: Full of Noises (FON)
PIEL VIEW HOUSE
The project is to create a new working base for sound art and new music organisation Full of Noises (FON). LEDA have developed the design that has been granted planning permission and a funding application has been submitted to the Arts Council of England. The proposed design re-orders the building to provide full accessible accommodation on both existing floors and a new integrated extension in the former rear courtyard houses a new workshop and performance space. Two en-suite rooms enable resident artist programmes to be run effectively and economically. The unique setting in Barrow Park next to a walled garden provides great opportunities to engage with the public whilst the immediate surrounding tree cover and mature gardens create a discreet private space within the main park setting.
The existing building is difficult to use in the winter due it being difficult to heat and draughty. It will be transformed into a year-round usable with airtight and breathable internal insulation installed and replacement triple glazed windows. Though the existing building is not listed it has many decorated features typical of its 19thc gothic revival design and Barrow Park is a grade 2 listed monument. Hence the use of internal insulation. Further low carbon features include air source heat pump heating whereas the surrounding mature trees would make solar pv panels ineffective. The emphasis has been on upgrading the fabric to create energy efficiency and comfort.