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Burd Haward reveals contest-winning Mottisfont Abbey scheme

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Burd Haward has revealed this competition-winning design for a new visitor centre at the National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire

The scheme which is starting site this month, will improve the entrance and facilities at the historic priory site.

The practice originally won the job back in 2010, seeing off competition from a shortlist which included Niall McLaughlin, Sarah Wigglesworth, Wilkinson King and Cowper Griffith.

Since the competition the scheme has evolved and now includes the conversion of a grade II-listed coach house on the site into a restaurant.

Three new buildings contain a new entrance to the site with a reception, a shop, café and visitor toilets.

These new timber-framed buildings have been lifted off the ground to avoid flooding, and each building has its own specific form and character reflecting the agricultural buildings on the estate.

The shop is clad in cor-ten steel, the café and toilets in timber and zine and the main entrance building is glazed with deep timber fins.

The scheme is expected to complete in September 2015.

Burd Haward Mottisfont

Project data

Architect Burd Haward Architects
Location Mottisfont, Hampshire
Type of project new visitor facilites
Client The National Trust
Funding Private
Tender date August 2014
Start on site date November 2014
Contract duration 10 months
Gross internal floor area 423.5m²
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT Standard Building Contract without Quantities 2011
Contract sum £2,027,070
M&E consultant Max Fordham LLP
Structural engineer Mann Williams
Quantity surveyor Davis Langdon/AECOM
Landscape architect Grant Associates
CDM consultant Andrew Goddard Associates
Main contractor Beard (Swindon)

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