Squash Food Hub, Liverpool Green Building Store

Squash Food Hub, Liverpool

PERFORMANCE triple glazed timber windows and doors at Squash Food Hub
As we had opted for a super-insulated timber frame building, triple glazed windows fitted with the high performance criteria. Green Building Store’s PERFORMANCE range also offered Secure by Design security options which was a key requirement for the project.

Marianne Heaslip – Associate Principal at URBED

The fact that all the timber used in the PERFORMANCE range is FSC certified also matched  our aim to use only FSC timber on the project.

Marianne Heaslip – Associate Principal at URBED

I am already very familiar with Green Building Store’s windows and doors and know them to be good quality and robust. The project experienced a number challenges during construction.. and we found Green Building Store to be very flexible in working with us around delays on site and the need to store the windows and doors for an extended period of time.

Marianne Heaslip – Associate Principal at URBED

The clients are really happy with the windows and doors, including the big bi-fold doors, which really help bring the garden into the building.

Marianne Heaslip – Associate Principal at URBED

Manchester-based cooperative URBED (Urbanism Environment and Design) worked with Squash, a Toxteth-based community business working within communities to share skills and promote food health and well-being, to design and develop a food hub on derelict land on Windsor Street in Liverpool 8.

The 200m2 building for the food hub was designed with a super-insulated timber frame, triple-glazed windows, and Scottish larch cladding, and was intended to be as environmentally responsible as possible on a small budget.

Green Building Store’s PERFORMANCE triple glazed timber windows and doors were specified for the project.

The project

The idea of a community food hub had been evolving for a number of years, and Squash asked URBED to develop the building designs in 2014. Proposals were developed in collaboration with a community design team made up of local residents including growers, artists, cooks, environmentalists, bee-keepers and passionate vegetable fans. Planning approval was received in spring 2015, and construction work started on site that summer. After an eventful and somewhat stressful construction process, Squash moved in to the new building in early 2018, and it opened to the public in May 2018.

The project aimed to develop a vibrant community food hub, with four key activity areas to support food learning and culture:

  • A community shop selling sustainable, affordable produce
  • A community-run cafe producing seasonal, multicultural food
  • Community and professional training services including creative nutrition and urban agriculture.
  • A community-use kitchen including a ‘food lab’ for local food business start-up.

 

Triple glazed timber windows & doors

Green Building Store’s PERFORMANCE triple glazed timber windows & doors were specified for the project. The windows and doors included outward casement windows, single doors, double doors, a fully glazed 4 leaf bi-fold door and a part panelled bi-fold door, all finished in RAL 9001 white.

Marianne Heaslip, Associate Principal at URBED, commented:

“The client’s brief was for an environmentally sound building with low running costs. As we had opted for a super-insulated timber frame building, triple glazed windows fitted with the high performance criteria. Green Building Store’s PERFORMANCE range also offered Secure by Design secutity options which was a key requirement for the project.. The fact that all the timber used in the PERFORMANCE range is FSC certified also matched  our aim to use only FSC timber on the project. Lastly the clients were keen to work with locally-based companies so were pleased to work with the nearby Huddersfield-based Green Building Store.

I am already very familiar with Green Building Store’s windows and doors and know them to be good quality and robust. The project experienced a number challenges during construction, including a major fire on the building site, and we found Green Building Store to be very flexible in working with us around delays on site and the need to store the windows and doors for an extended period of time.

The clients are really happy with the windows and doors, including the big bi-fold doors, which really help bring the garden into the building.”

Completed: May 2018

Case study: Fenruary 2020

 

More information

ASBP Awards logoThe SQUASH Project is one of 6 projects shortlisted for the ASBP Awards 2020

Squash: 112-114 Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 8EQ, 0151 707 7897 squashliverpool.co.uk

Urbed:  Fifth Floor, 10 Little Lever Street, Manchester M1 1HR 0161 200 5500 urbed.coop

6th February 2020

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