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Satellite Architects completes River Cottage expansion

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Satellite Architects has completed this new 285m² building at the famous River Cottage - the headquarters of television chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s food empire

The scheme at Park Farm near Axminster in Devon provides a home for the site’s cookery school and events space.

The existing 17th-century cobb farmhouse has been renovated and converted into a ‘sustainable inn’ while the site’s 18th century threshing barn has been reinvented as an events space and kitchen.

The super-green headquarters creates all its only electricity from a wind turbine and solar panels. Heat is provide by a biomass boiler and rainwater provides the water for watering plants and flushing toilets.

Satellite Architects is also working on a new accommodation building at the site. This new addition will include 11 new overnight rooms for visitors, students, and apprentices visiting the base of the popular television studio.

Satellite Architects River Cottage

Project data

Location Trinity Hill, Axminster, Devon
Type of project cookery school and event space
Client River Cottage
Architect Satellite Architects
Structural engineer Barry Honeysett (listed building) and Evolve (other buildings)
Quantity surveyor Heasmans
Project manager Draco Property
Planning supervisor and approved inspector Butler & Young Consultants
Lighting consultant Satellite Architects
Main contractor Magenta Conservation
Electrical contractor Paul Rudkin Electrical
Funding private
Gross internal floor area 285m²
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT IFC11 with contractor design
Total cost undisclosed

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