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Guy Hollaway wins planning for dressage horse stud in Kent

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Guy Hollaway Architects has won approval for a training and husbandry centre for dressage horses in rural Kent

The scheme at Angley Stud, Cranbrook, which was unanimously approved by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council yesterday (9 August), is billed as a new national centre of excellence for ‘top-flight’ horses,

Built in phases over about 18 months, the development will replace existing equestrian facilities on the site currently housed in a series of ‘ramshackle buildings’ from the 1980s.

The project in the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty also includes a new home for the stud’s owners. 

Work is expected to start on site this autumn and to be completed in 2020.

Guy holloway angley stud image

Guy holloway angley stud image

Architect’s view

The precision, delicacy and poise of dressage horses has been a key design concept, balanced with a bold and contemporary dwelling. The dwelling will be clad in large concrete panels that appear to float delicately above the landscape on a ribbon of glazing, allowing light into the lower ground floor. A spine running through the site ties the buildings together with a continuous wall acting as an anchor and reference point for the occupants.

The purist approach to the design has been inspired by the highly functional demands of the masterplan. Working collaboratively with industry professionals, we’ve developed innovative solutions to address practical challenges, such as dealing with equestrian waste through advanced technologies, to provide energy throughout the facility. The waste product from the equestrian bedding will be used to power a district heating system to maximise the sustainability credentials of the proposal.

Waste from the equestrian bedding will be used to power a district heating system

Our intellectual response to this unique brief has integrated experimental technology, tested materiality and texture, and has enabled the practice to push the boundaries of architecture through a willingness to challenge traditional preconceptions usually associated with equestrian facilities.

Guy hollaway angley stud sketch masterplan

Guy hollaway angley stud sketch masterplan

Project data

Location Cranbrook, Kent
Type of project Residential/equestrian
Client Private
Architect Guy Hollaway Architects
Landscape architect Lloyd Bore
Planning consultant DHA
Structural engineer TBC
M&E consultant TBC
Quantity surveyor Betteridge & Milson
Planning supervisor TBC
Main contractor  TBC
Funding Private
Start on site Autumn 2018
Completion date 2020
Form of contract Traditional
Total cost Undisclosed

Guy hollaway angley stud masterplan

Guy hollaway angley stud masterplan


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