Guy Hollaway Architects’ design for a wine merchants’ headquarters in rural Kent has been granted planning consent
The decision by Ashford Borough council’s planning committee overturned a planning officer’s recommendation that the 780m² scheme be refused because the development was ‘in an unsustainable location where there is no demonstrable essential need for a building of this scale’ and therefore contrary to policy.
The committee decided that the proposal’s design quality, its contribution to rural employment and the impact on its setting should override the officer’s reservations.
The practice’s scheme for wine merchants The Vinorium feature office space, a warehouse and tasting room. Set beside woodland, it will feature a sloping meadowgrass roof to create a building intended to look as though it has emerged from the ground.
The Vinorium is a UK-based Australian wine specialist and the new building will allow people to compare wines from around the world against the best Kent vintages.
The ‘heart’ of the building will offer space for retail, a wine-tasting room, wine storage, communal dining and a soft area for collaborative working, all with views out to the North Downs.
Biodiversity will be supported by the inclusion of bird and bat boxes, beehives and a reflecting pool.
Honey will be produced on site alongside a small amount of wine made from the on-site vineyard.
Work will begin this summer with completion expected in summer 2021.
Client The Vinorium
Architect Guy Hollaway Architects
Local authority Ashford Borough council
Landscape architect Eleanor Trenfield Landscape Architects
Planning consultant DHA Planning Consultants
Structural engineer Heyne Tillett Steel
M&E consultant MLM Group
Quantity surveyor Base Quantum
Main contractor TBC
Tender date Summer 2020
Start on site Summer 2020
Completion Summer 2021
Contract duration 12 months
Gross internal floor area 780m²
Form of contract Traditional
Annual CO2 emissions Unavailable
Total cost Undisclosed