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First look: Waind Gohil + Potter’s prefabricated fishing lodge

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Work has completed on this £550,000 fishing lodge designed by Waind Gohil + Potter at Farlows Lake in Buckinghamshire 


The 325m² project at the UK’s largest carp fishing lake replaces a temporary building on the site and features a prefabricated timber structure, arranged in a crescent shape, with a lightweight metal roof.

The building houses a tackle shop, café, toilets, showers and an office space.

Practice co-founder James Potter said: ’We wanted to bring a touch of elegance to the design and incorporate polished detailing despite the simplicity of the lodge. It was integral that the fishing lodge sat comfortably within its sensitive surroundings yet also had an impact for visitors to the popular angling site, as previously they were using an uninspiring structure made from containers.

’He added: ’Hopefully our [scheme] raises the bar for lodge design.’

Farlows Lake by WG+P

Farlows Lake by WG+P

Architect’s view

The glulam timber frame is designed to be prefabricated offsite along with the walls and roof, which arrived as pre-made/pre-insulated panels and were craned into place. This onsite assembly of frame and unclad envelope took under a month to construct, meaning Farlows Lake could continue to fully operate for the majority of the summer.

The design was allowed a ‘lighter’ touch given that visitors to Farlows go primarily to fish and are familiar with braving the elements, so will not expect a warm retreat. This enabled a sustainable approach with minimal heating and thermal performance, which meant by developing an envelope that would usually be substandard by normal measure, less materials were needed for construction and single glazing was appropriate. Furthermore, the lake itself can be used to heat the lodge by linking a heat pump to coils of pipe laid within the water.

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Project data

Type of project Fishing lodge
Location Farlows Lake, Colne Valley, Buckinghamshire
Client Farlows Leisure
Architect Waind Gohil + Potter
Landscape architect Claire Greener Landscapes
Planning consultant DGW Planning
Structural engineer Price and Myers
M&E consultant H A Marks
Main contractor H A Marks
Start on site date April 2016
Gross internal floor area 325m2
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT Intermediate Form with contractor’s design
Total cost £550,000

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