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Flanagan Lawrence wins planning for Cornish spa

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Flanagan Lawrence has won detailed planning for this new spa building at the heart of its £50 million holiday home scheme in the Millendreath valley, south-east Cornwall

The £1.4 million project marks the latest phase in the wider masterplan for the ‘neglected’ 35ha valley close to Looe harbour, which the practice has been working on since 2008.

Sitting at the edge of the gardens at the bottom of the valley, the 720m² spa building will house a ‘beachside’ café and lounge along with indoor pools, fitness suite, treatment rooms and library.

Architect’s view

‘Within the village, the valley bottom is intended to become a south facing exotic garden, a typology unique to Cornwall at this latitude as a result of the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. The spa is sited at the edge of the gardens and is conceived as a covered platform projecting from the steep valley side. The spa will contain a beachside café and lounge along with indoor pools, fitness suite, treatment rooms and library and forms the social focus of the village.

‘These spaces are tucked beneath the over sailing roof, enjoying views over the gardens to the beach. The spa is overlooked by the valley residents and it’s green roof-scape blends with the surrounding gardens.’

Flanagan Lawrence

Project data

Architect Flanagan Lawrence
Location Millendreath, Cornwall
Structural engineers Expedition
Project director Jason Flanagan
Project architect Andrew Tetlow
Client Espalier Developments (Millendreath) Ltd
Funding Espalier Developments (Millendreath) Ltd
Gross internal floor area 720m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: D/B
Total cost £1.4million  
M&E consultant Arup
Quantity surveyor AECOM
Planning supervisor AECOM
Lighting consultant Arup

Previous story (AJ 27.06.13)

Flanagan Lawrence Cornish holiday homes scheme set to start on site

First phase of wider £50 million waterfront development provides 12 two, three and four-bedroom detached villas in neglected valley

Work is set to start on site on this holiday home scheme designed by Flanagan Lawrence in the Millendreath valley, close to Looe harbour in south-east Cornwall.

The practice, formerly known as BFLS and before that Hamiltons, began working on the masterplan for the mixed-used regeneration of the ‘neglected’ 35ha valley back in 2008. The firm won outline planning two years later. A dozen two-storey hillside villas and supporting infrastructure will be built in the first phase, starting in September, with a detailed application for a further 38 homes expected in the autumn. The homes will be ‘integrated into the landscape and hanging gardens covering the steep valley sides’ and are described as ‘inverted’, with the living spaces in open-sided boxes arranged above bedrooms housed within stone plinths. The site is exposed to prevailing south-westerly winds, therefore the development has been kept to the lower part of the slope.

A mix of two, three and four-bedroom detached villas, the homes’ upper floors will be built from a light steel structure clad in timber, framed by a white rendered plane. The ‘denser’ lower portions are faced with a local Cornish stone.

Backed by the Espalier Group, the wider, £50 million project includes a spa, shops, permanent homes and 15 waterfront villas designed by Charles Mador Architects.

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