James Gorst Architects designed the Castle Community Rooms for the Framlingham Parochial Church Council (PCC) in the historic town of Framlingham, Suffolk. Situated between two Grade I listed buildings, St. Michael’s Church and Framlingham Castle, the new building replaces an existing 1898 hall that had reached the end of its structural life. The new timber-framed structure is protected by black zinc cladding and supported by piled foundations that protect existing archaeology and tree roots.
Emphasizing sustainability, the building incorporates high levels of insulation, low-carbon structural members, south-facing solar panels and north-facing roof lights that prevent overheating and provide ventilation. The project emerged after five years of dialogue between the client, councils, and communities, with support from various grants and donations. Photo Lorenzo Zandri. James Gorst Architects