Hooke Park is the rural campus of the Architectural Association School of Architecture. The campus acts as a teaching venue and an evolving experiment in design and make architecture. The growing campus is largely built as student design projects using timber from the estate’s 130ha woodland, and comprises of workshops and accommodation.
The boiler is a 200kW Guntamatic biomass boiler, installed in 2014. The boiler supplies heat via a district heating system to buildings of a variety of sizes; from a large workshop to small student lodges. The campus is expanding regularly and new extensions are added to the district heating system as and when new buildings go up.
The boiler house, at the heart of the campus is an experimental architectural structure designed and built by students using low-quality roundwood thinnings supplied from the forest, and uses minimal processing to produce a low-embedded-carbon structure. The boiler house also contains a 35m3 chip store.
Fuel is self-supplied from the forest. Harvested and seasoned roundwood is brought to a central site and chipped by a contract chipper once a year into a bulk chip store two hundred meters from the boiler house. The bulk chip store, like the boiler house, is constructed from low-value timber from the forest.