Energy Centre & Barn
An array of disparate service buildings on a Cotswold estate needed unifying and improving in a manner appropriate to their historic location.
Cotswold AONB - New build
Concept design through to completion
Historical precedent suggested the suitability of a new formal, yet subservient, working yard style building. Here functional activities are enclosed, while externally a polite yet defensive elevation greets the main house, village houses and curious country ramblers. The courtyard form – echoing the plan of the adjacent main house and reverberating with the sound of horseshoes – is accessed through grand arched and gated entrance and neatly tucks-way the activities within.
With great country estates come significant ‘back-of-house’ areas to arrange, power, store and service their more illustrious hosts. Here on the edge of a North Cotswold honey-stoned settlement, these original facilities had long since been sold into separate ownership, replaced by a series of utilitarian structures.
Though traditional in appearance with dressed stone chimneys, rising symmetrically above the projecting entrance, the Energy Centre, houses a considerable biomass boiler, wood pellet storage, plant and associated equipment sufficient to heat the whole estate. The paraphernalia of machinery and equipment necessary for the upkeep of the mature woodland and significant grounds are stored neatly and securely within.
The materials provide an unmistakable reading of the region, with local walling stone in a combination of coursed rubble, fine-jointed smooth-faced ashlar, and dressed quoins ‘hefting’ the building to its surroundings. Tabling, corbel, kneeler and apex stones in golden stone allude to the main house while remaining suitably subservient.