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​YAPF, building tour of The Sill & Sunbeams
​© JDDK and MawsonKerr

YAPF | Building Tours | The Sill & Sunbeams

​The YAPF invite you to join us for an afternoon visiting The Sill Landscape Discovery Centre by JDDK, followed by the Sunbeams Music Centre by MawsonKerr Architects.

We will travel to RIBA North East Award winning building The Sill, a building designed as a showcase of local pride and passion, featuring an exhibition space, learning and event spaces, as well as an 86 bed youth hostel, located in Northumberland. The tour will be led by Project Architect Alison Thornton-Sykes, JDDK Architects starting with a short presentation looking at the design concepts.

Client: Northumberland National Park Authority & YHA "We were a very demanding client for JDDK. We asked for: design by community engagement; a landmark building which will draw people from across the country and Europe to visit the new centre; achieve a building with BREEAM excellence; and gain support from peers via the North East Design Review. The new building needs to be low cost whilst its main aim is to provide an attractive building to more than double visitor numbers, triple average dwell times and produce much higher income earning facilities. The overall aim is to create a stunning building to inspire people to visit and then go on to learn about and discover their landscapes. JDDK have achieved all the above and much more. JDDK have both managed our reputation and created a fantastic design within overall income generating and cost parameters and on time."

We will then travel to the Sunbeams Music Centre by MawsonKerr Architects in Cumbria. Will Mawson, project architect, will lead the tour of the centre. The brief was ‘To provide a sustainable legacy for people with disabilities…’ a bespoke music therapy facility designed on a site overlooking the Lake District. Sunbeams Music Trust is a charity who has for 25 years delivered transformational therapy, free to all, in numerous dilapidated spaces around North West England and now has a new home.

Sunbeams Music Centre has a sustainable agenda based on first principles of passive design; the 600 square metre facility is virtually all naturally ventilated (toilets and kitchen assisted), naturally lit and heating provided by a ground source heat pump. U-values are to passivhaus standards with a large amount of locally sourced sheep wool and carefully designed south facing elevation to limit overheating. The building has become a fulcrum to outreach work Sunbeams Music Trust do in the community. In terms of local community, the charity serves the immediate vicinity and is a centre of excellence for Cumbria and beyond.

Sunbeams Music Centre has won several awards:

  • Civic Trust - Regional Award
  • RICS North West - Community Benefit Award Building of the Year
  • Architects Journal Awards - Healthcare and Wellbeing Project of the Year
  • LABC Northern - Small Commercial project of the year
  • Structural Timber Awards - Architects of the Year

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