A professional cookery school and a flexible event space form the core for activities within the on-going diversification of an historic farm to create the headquarters for the business that has built up around the TV program River Cottage.
(with Satellite Architects)
Materials and detailing bond together the new and old elements of the complex. The barn-like structure of the new cookery school exploit the spectacular views and evening sunlight across the rural valley to the west with a crisp fully glazed wall, while connecting back into the farmyard via a veranda within an informal colonnade created by the offset of the structure to the outside. The massing and location of the new structures have been carefully considered to help reinstate the original Jacobean farmyard arrangement.
The project takes a holistic view to sustainability appropriate to its remote location. Potable water comes from an on-site well, rainwater is harvested and wastewater is processed through a reed bed. Heating in centralised through a biomass plant housed within the old cart shed while wind and solar power supplement the site’s power requirements.
The project won the 2015 RIBAJ/Schüco Design Excellence Award and the 2015 Civic Trust Award.
Additional construction phases are set to follow and have already achieved planning permission. They include a rural guesthouse and a second contemporary farmyard that provide space for an additional cookery school, an event and hospitality facility, and accommodation for visitors.