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Udderly charming - Designscape shows off Somerset dairy

[First look + plans] Bath-based Designscape Architects has revealed these pictures of its completed Hill Farm Dairy project in Somerset

The practice was asked by a new goats cheese making company to design a barn and dairy production facility in the village of Stawley.

According to the studio, the project ‘reflects both the ethos of the client company and the site’ and appears on the hillside plot ‘as a quality handmade product, using natural materials and low energy solutions’.

The barn and milking parlour sit above the dairy, with cold storage and maturing areas pushed back into the slope under the parlour.

This arrangement means milk can flow by gravity from parlour to dairy, avoiding pumping and ‘preserving the quality of the milk’.

Hill Farm, Stawley, Wellington, Somerset by Designscape Architects

Hill Farm, Stawley, Wellington, Somerset by Designscape Architects

Project data

Architects:  Designscape Architects
Location: Hill Farm, Stawley, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0HN
Type of Project: Livestock Barn, Milking Parlour and Goat Cheese Dairy
Structural Engineers: Momentum
Project Architect: Alex Sykes
Design Team: Rob Stiles, James Turner, Lucy Block
Client:  Will and Caroline Atkinson
Funding: Private
Tender date: June 2008 (Dairy and Milking Parlour)
Start on site date: November 2008 (Dairy and Milking Parlour); July 2008 (Barn)
Contract duration: 30 weeks (Dairy and Milking Parlour); 12 weeks (Barn)
Gross internal floor area: Dairy and Milking Parlour: 200m²; Barn: 400m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT Intermediate Form with CDP (Dairy and Milking Parlour); Lump sum tender administered by Client (Barn)
Total cost:  Confidential
M&E Consultant: Ernest Griffiths (now E3)
Quantity surveyor: HDG (Bill of Quantities only)
Planning supervisor: Myers CDM Coordinators
Main contractor: Barratt and Canniford (Dairy and Milking Parlour); Michael Thorne (Barn)
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Capital (cold rooms), Beale & Cole (m&e), Bridcourt Construction (Barn concrete walls).
Annual CO2 emissions: unknown

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