Phase One of the St. John’s Music Room was completed in December 2015, and is currently in use as an outdoor pavilion. The second phase of the project will see the existing structure enclosed as an interior space, to be used as a much needed classroom and performance space for the school and wider community.
The back of the timber frame will be clad in polycarbonate panels, which will emit even, indirect north light into the space all day. The cladding on the sides of the structure will be brought all the way down to the ground, so that storage benches can be installed around the perimeter of the room. A new stud wall will be built within the front portal frame, creating useful white wall surface inside on the smaller of the two gables. A full-width bi-folding door will be installed in the larger of the two gables, allowing the space to open up to the grassy area in front of the building. The front facade will be clad with a Larch timber rain screen and the black-stained timber weather-board roofing will be re-installed once insulation has been fitted.
Local craftspeople, including the textile designer Karina Thomas, and the furniture fabricators Design & Making are also contributing to the second phase. CIL funding from Wycombe Council enabled them to develop bespoke design pieces, which were initially displayed in a public exhibition at Grymsdyke Farm in July 2017 and will be donated to the Music Pavilion when it’s completed. Karina’s work is focused on improving the thermal insulation and acoustic performance of the space, whilst Design & Making has developed storage and seating solutions informed by local furniture-making heritage.
C · B · A is working closely with the St. John’s Parents’ Association to raise money for Phase Two and so far we have raised over £58,000 (96% of the required funds) through awards, grants, in-kind donations, and fundraising efforts including a Crowdfunder Campaign. The main construction work, carried out by Timber Workshop, is now complete and the furniture installation is underway. In the meantime we are continuing to raise money for the interior fit-out, including electrical fittings, burglar and fire alarms – with the aim of opening the new space by Christmas.