Project Overview

The Britten-Pears Foundation's archive building houses the extensive collection of music manuscripts, letters, photographs and recordings of the composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears.

Designed by architects Stanton Williams, and engineering consultancy Max Fordham, this high-tech sustainable building features a Baulogic building management system.

The archive building provides optimum environmental conditions for the preservation of the collection through low-energy means. Thick, well insulated walls enclose the main storage rooms, surrounded by a buffer space which helps moderate the temperature and relative humidity between the outside environment and the archives. The environment within the main archive store is monitored and controlled by Baulogic’s KNX-based building management system ensuring the collections are maintained at optimum conditions throughout the year, while minimising energy consumption. The conditions within the store are graphically displayed on a touch screen in the entrance lobby, and graphs of temperature, relative humidity and the control systems responses help the archivists ensure that these important collections are maintained in optimum conditions for generations to come.The staff offices and public areas have generous windows on the west and north façades allowing views onto The Red House gardens. Baulogic’s building management system automatically and passively ventilates the staff rooms and circulation areas during the night, helping to ensure that the building maintains a consistent temperature throughout the year, without the use of energy-intensive air conditioning. DALI-controlled lighting and underfloor heating within the staff and public areas are automatically controlled by Baulogic’s KNX system, further mimimising the building’s energy footprint.Re-housing the archive has created opportunities to free up space within the existing buildings on the site. By bringing together this internationally important collection in one central location for the first time, the new archive will play an important role in preserving Britten’s legacy and serve as a research centre for future generations of musicians and music lovers. The use of Baulogic’s intelligent building management system ensures that the Foundation achieves this at low cost and in a sustainable manner.

Scope

The archive building provides optimum environmental conditions for the preservation of the collection through low-energy means. Thick, well insulated walls enclose the main storage rooms, surrounded by a buffer space which helps moderate the temperature and relative humidity between the outside environment and the archives.

The environment within the main archive store is monitored and controlled by Baulogic’s KNX-based building management system ensuring the collections are maintained at optimum conditions throughout the year, while minimising energy consumption. The conditions within the store are graphically displayed on a touch screen in the entrance lobby, and graphs of temperature, relative humidity and the control systems responses help the archivists ensure that these important collections are maintained in optimum conditions for generations to come.

The staff offices and public areas have generous windows on the west and north façades allowing views onto The Red House gardens. Baulogic’s building management system automatically and passively ventilates the staff rooms and circulation areas during the night, helping to ensure that the building maintains a consistent temperature throughout the year, without the use of energy-intensive air conditioning. DALI-controlled lighting and underfloor heating within the staff and public areas are automatically controlled by Baulogic’s KNX system, further minimising the building’s energy footprint.

After Completion

Re-housing the archive has created opportunities to free up space within the existing buildings on the site. By bringing together this internationally important collection in one central location for the first time, the new archive will play an important role in preserving Britten’s legacy and serve as a research centre for future generations of musicians and music lovers. The use of Baulogic’s intelligent building management system ensures that the Foundation achieves this at low cost and in a sustainable manner.