Nursing Kuti, Great Gaddesden

This single storey nursing facility (a Kuti), was built on the grounds of the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery to PassivHaus standards and houses a nurse to tend to the needs of up to 2 resident Monks. A serenity path surrounds the new building which is used by the Monks when meditating and is made from resin bond material.

The glazed entrance portico leads into a spacious lobby, opening into an impressive double height central atrium featuring green oak structural timbers and a fully glazed wall through into a sun/prayer room. All internal frames are made of oak and Amtico flooring is laid throughout. In the right wing are the Monks’ quarters, with interlinking bedroom and treatment room, traditional wooden sauna and separate shower room. The left wing houses the nurse’s accommodation with ensuite and a control panel for the call system linked to the main monastery. There is a separate kitchen and utility room, with stairs leading up to the plantroom.

Environmental features include an external wall of 540mm, incorporating 300mm of high performance mineral wool insulation, triple glazed aluminium frame windows and doors, mechanical heat reclamation ventilation, underfloor heating, roof and ground insulation, and an air source heat pump.

Project Overview

Client Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
Value £700,000
Duration Jan 2016 - Dec 2016
Contract Type JCT Intermediate with Contractor's Design


Eco Arc

Quantity Surveyor

Turner & Holman

Project Manager

Alliance 2000

Structural Engineer

Corbett & Tasker

Services Consultant

Alan Clarke