Allies and Morrison
Shortlisted for RIBA SW Regional 2019
Dancy House is a 2600m² new build, boarding house with accommodation for 70 students and 3 staff.
The building is located in a sensitive parkland area and surrounded by important historic trees, so the building position and incoming services have been carefully coordinated with the root protection zones of the trees. A major sewer diversion has also been necessary.
The building itself is a concrete framed structure with exposed soffits to provide thermal mass. A natural ventilation strategy has been used throughout with openable vents in each room. Heating is provided using gas fired boilers located in a plant room in the roof void. Heat recovery waste water shower trays have been specified to use the heat from waste water to preheat the cold water supply to the showers. LED lighting is specified throughout, with holes pre-cast in the concrete floor slabs to eliminate surface mounted conduit to ceiling mounted luminaires.