Market Drayton Police Station
- Architect: Associated Architects, Birmingham
Built on the site of the original 1930’s building in the heart of the town centre, the new Market Drayton Police Station meets conflicting functional demands for security and public accessibility, in line with West Mercia Police’s community policing strategy.
Designed for optimum energy efficiency, the building makes careful use of site orientation to maximise passive solar gain and respect for the surrounding residential properties, with secure functions located discretely at the rear together with the reception and public counter addressing the street frontage.
Low maintenance timber cladding has been chosen to soften the public facing elevation, whilst large diaphragm brickwork walls form the ‘secure’, more private side of the building. A pitched Sedum roof creates an enhanced aesthetic and minimises the visual impact of the building from adjacent homes.
In selecting the brick type it was important to maintain a character contextual with its neighbours, but which defined the nature of a public building set in a residential area.
The use of brickwork was right in context, but it was felt that it was not sufficiently contrasting from the adjacent houses, and Ibstock suggested a linear solution based on Linear Birtley Olde English.