As the nation prepares for the King’s Coronation celebrations this weekend, we take a look back to the Scott Brownrigg designed home of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Woolwich, which completed just over ten years ago.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery form a key part of the ceremonial support for the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort on Saturday. They will be responsible for the six-gun salute which will be fired from Horseguards Parade the moment the crown touches the King’s head.
Designed by Scott Brownrigg for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Morgan Sindall, the home of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at Napier Lines in Woolwich accommodates 170 horses and the troop’s historic WWII gun carriages together with stabling, an indoor riding school and canter track, museum, gun park and regimental offices.
Completed in 2012, sustainability was the driving feature of the development. The forward-thinking, carbon minus design incorporated a number of sustainable measures. Including a biomass plant using horse manure and bedding for fuel – a ground-breaking innovation of the time, to generate hot water and space heating for the facilities, solar chimneys for natural stack ventilation of the stables, rainwater harvesting and sustainable urban drainage systems to minimise energy consumption on site, together with the recycling of redundant structures into the new indoor riding school.
Find out more about the scheme here.