Ruth Butler

 
Address   7 Convent Lane
EMSWORTH
Hampshire
PO10 7JJ 
 
   01243 379783   
Email   ruth@ruthbutlerarchitects.com  

 
1: Project NameConstruction Skills Centre
Dates: 2007 - 2008
Location: London 
Gross Area: 1,000 to 1,999 sqm 
Sectors:
Education - Secondary Education,  Education - Training Centres
 
Core Skills:
Ability to champion design quality,  Brief writing, output specification and contract documentation,  Client, stakeholder, leadership and facilitation,  Planning consents and health & safety procedures,  Post completion services,  Procurement and construction management including partnering,  Programme preparation and evaluation,  Project budget, value and risk management,  Project initiation and change management,  Strategic, feasibility studies and appraisals
 
Description:
This centre is the first building to be complete as a part of the Kings Cross Central regeneration programme. As an out-reach project it offers training in professional qualifications for construction, with the intention of engaging local communities to work on the Kings Cross site. The high visibility entrance is intended to attract attention, raising awareness of the centre and its aims amongst the local community. The triangular site slopes steeply and is bounded on two sides by railway tracks and on the third by a busy road. The building must remain highly visible to the community, by being located on the road side, whilst also maintaining noise standards for teaching spaces. The temporary building can be relocated once this site has been developed as a part of the Kings Cross Central regeneration programme.
 
2: Project NameRossington All Saints School
Dates: 2007 - 2009
Location: Doncaster 
Gross Area: 10,000 to 49,999 sqm 
Sectors:
Community Participation,  Education - General,  Education - Secondary Education,  Landscaping - General,  Offices - General,  Sport - General,  Urban Planning & Design
 
Core Skills:
Ability to champion design quality,  Ability to select and commission project teams,  Brief writing, output specification and contract documentation,  Client, stakeholder, leadership and facilitation,  Funding and development processes,  Planning consents and health & safety procedures,  Post completion services,  Procurement and construction management including partnering,  Programme preparation and evaluation,  Project budget, value and risk management,  Project initiation and change management,  Strategic, feasibility studies and appraisals
 
Description:
The scheme is to provide a new school building, sports centre, and external landscaping works for Rossington All Saints (CE) School. The school is an 11 to 18 age, 1050- place secondary school, and is a voluntary aided Church of England School with Sports College status since 2002. The project will create a new school which inspires learning and is loved by the community. The design for Rossington School uses the exposed mass of the concrete frame to stabilise the internal building temperature, and attenuated natural ventilation is provided via a façade louvre system and stack effect wind chimneys which encourage natural cross ventilation in every classroom. Natural light is provided through glazed screens at the rear, borrowing light from the adjacent roof-lit circulation space. The sports facilities are designed to allow both the public and the students to use it simultaneously without jeopardising security for the students
 
3: Project NameThe Campus
Dates: 2003 - 2004
Location: Weston-super-Mare 
Gross Area: 2,000 to 4,999 sqm 
Sectors:
Civic Building - Civic Centres,  Civic Building - General,  Civic Building - Police Stations,  Community Participation,  Culture & Entertainment - Community Centres,  Culture & Entertainment - Conference Centres,  Culture & Entertainment - General,  Culture & Entertainment - Libraries,  Education - Primary Education,  Education - Secondary Education,  Education - Special Needs,  Landscaping - General,  Mixed Use Projects,  Offices - General,  Sport - General,  Urban Planning & Design
 
Core Skills:
Ability to champion design quality,  Ability to select and commission project teams,  Brief writing, output specification and contract documentation,  Client, stakeholder, leadership and facilitation,  Planning consents and health & safety procedures,  Post completion services,  Programme preparation and evaluation,  Project budget, value and risk management,  Project initiation and change management,  Strategic, feasibility studies and appraisals
 
Description:
The Campus combines a 420 place primary school, 26 place creche, special needs school (3-19 years) with community facilities and adult education college. The multi-storey solution maximises playground area. Ramps to first floor level provide excellent access to outside and improved fire escape for less able bodies pupils. A double height atrium links the schools with the community spaces, adult education and learning resource centre. Northlights provide natural daylight and ventilation to circulation spaces and classrooms. Attenuated ventilation to classrooms was used to meet acoustic requirements of DfES Building Bulletin 93 and provide a low energy solution. Maximum sharing between the two schools and community facilities responds to council’s brief for “a community building that happens to be used for education”. Wide consultation in early stages of design ensured a workable and agreed solution.
 
4: Project NameCentre for 2 St James
Dates: 2005 - 2006
Location: Gerrard's Cross 
Gross Area: 1,000 to 1,999 sqm 
Sectors:
Culture & Entertainment - Community Centres,  Culture & Entertainment - Concert Halls,  Culture & Entertainment - Visitors' Centres,  Education - Primary Education,  Education - Secondary Education,  Landscaping - General,  Offices - General,  Religious Buildings - Christian,  Urban Planning & Design
 
Core Skills:
Ability to champion design quality,  Ability to select and commission project teams,  Brief writing, output specification and contract documentation,  Client, stakeholder, leadership and facilitation,  Funding and development processes,  Planning consents and health & safety procedures,  Post completion services,  Programme preparation and evaluation,  Project budget, value and risk management,  Project initiation and change management,  Strategic, feasibility studies and appraisals
 
Description:
The St James Centre is home to a 300 seat auditorium as well as smaller meeting rooms, a book shop, a creche and flexible multi-use space. The centre, on the church site, is used extensively by a large variety of groups. The focus is provided by an internal ‘street’ which provides space for the different groups to interact. The auditorium is cooled using an entirely silent rock store cooling mechanism, used for the first time in the UK. This building was paid for through funds raised through the parish, and therefore their involvement in the concept was key. A considerable amount of public consultation was undertaken at the outset of this project, involving the parish and wider community. The rock store cooling provided for the auditorium cost less than conventional air conditioning to install, run and maintain.
 
5: Project NameTalacre Community Sports Centre
Dates: 2001 - 2003
Location: Camden 
Gross Area: 250 to 499 sqm 
Sectors:
Community Participation,  Culture & Entertainment - Community Centres,  Education - General,  Education - Nursery Education,  Landscaping - Gardens,  Offices - General,  Sport - General,  Urban Planning & Design
 
Core Skills:
Ability to champion design quality,  Ability to select and commission project teams,  Brief writing, output specification and contract documentation,  Client, stakeholder, leadership and facilitation,  Funding and development processes,  Planning consents and health & safety procedures,  Post completion services,  Programme preparation and evaluation,  Project budget, value and risk management,  Project initiation and change management,  Strategic, feasibility studies and appraisals
 
Description:
The Talacre Community Sports Centre was developed hand in hand with the adjacent town square to transform a run down section of Kentish Town in Camden. The design was evolved after close consultation with the local community. The building contains a gymnastics hall, a multi-purpose sports hall, a soft play area, offices and public facilities - a cafe and juice bar. It has become a popular local landmark. The park within which this centre was to be located had become dangerous and an area for drug addicts to congregate. The new building has regenerated this area, and a major key of this success is of the visibility from the cafe and terraces out to the park, keeping a safe and now populated by children playing sport.
 
6: Project NameWandsworth BSF
Dates: 2008 - (ongoing)
Location: London 
Gross Area: Not available 
Sectors:
Education - Secondary Education,  Education - Special Needs,  Education - Training Centres,  Sport - General,  Urban Planning & Design
 
Core Skills:
Ability to champion design quality,  Client, stakeholder, leadership and facilitation
 
Description:
Ruth Butler is Client Design Advisor to the London Borough of Wandsworth, providing strategic advice on the education and design brief; schools workshops and consultations; DQI activities. There are sixteen schools in the programme, predominantly refurbishment. Ruth provides an informed view on existing building stock, working with schools to develop a brief and adjacency diagrams. Includes Burntwood Academy winner of the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.
 
7: Project NameGreenwich BSF
Dates: 2006 - (ongoing)
Location: London 
Gross Area: Not available 
Sectors:
Education - Secondary Education,  Education - Special Needs,  Sport - General
 
Core Skills:
Ability to champion design quality,  Brief writing, output specification and contract documentation,  Client, stakeholder, leadership and facilitation,  Strategic, feasibility studies and appraisals
 
Description:
Ruth Butler is Client Design Advisor to the London Borough of Greenwich and have led the production of the Output Specification which was issued in August 2006. Our current role is providing strategic advice on designs emerging from the five selected architects, working on two remodelled schools and three new build schools. The project also included a health and safety audit of a (PMLD) school and recommend minor works to ensure it was suitable for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. This is the first phase of a project that will result in a comprehensive refurbishment of the school. Developed the brief for five schools, including analysis of existing building stock, adjacency diagrams, curriculum analysis and school visions. Provided strategic advice on sports community facilities, and the potential for Olympic legacy buildings to be integrated into the BSF programme. Procurement method fosters an individual school ethos and design quality through direct relationship of architect with schools. CDA role to be a ‘critical friend’ to schools and support design quality through stages