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Work begins on WG+P’s £550k fishing lodge

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Construction has started on this £550,000 fishing lodge designed by Waind Gohil + Potter’s (WG+P) at Farlows Lake in Buckinghamshire 


The 325m² project at the UK’s largest carp fishing lake will replace an existing temporary building on the site.

According to the Shepherds Bush-based practice, the single-storey scheme will feature a pre-fabricated timber structure, arranged in a crescent shape, with a lightweight metal roof.

The building will house a tackle shop, café, toilets, showers and an office space.

The scheme is set to complete later this summer.

Farlows Lake by WG+P

Farlows Lake by WG+P

Architect’s view

The glulam timber frame is designed to be pre-fabricated off-site along with the walls and roof which will arrive as pre-made/pre-insulated panels that are then craned into place. This on-site assembly of frame and un-clad envelope will take under a month to construct meaning Farlows Lake can continue to fully operate for the majority of the Summer.

The design was allowed a ‘lighter’ touch given that visitors to Farlow’s go primarily to fish and are familiar with braving the elements, so will not expect a warm retreat. This enabled a sustainable approach with minimal heating and thermal performance, which meant by developing an envelope that would usually be substandard by normal measure, less materials were needed for construction and single glazing appropriate. Furthermore, the lake itself can be used to heat the lodge by linking a heat pump to coils of pipe laid within the water.

Farlows Lake by WG+P

Farlows Lake by WG+P

Project data

Type of project fishing lodge
Location Farlows Lake, Colne Valley, Buckinghamshire
Client Farlows Leisure
Architect Waind Gohil and Potter
Landscape architect Claire Greener Landscapes
Planning consultant DGW Planning
Structural engineer Price and Myers
M&E consultant H A Marks
Main contractor H A Marks
Start on site date April 2016
Completion date Summer 2016
Contract duration 4 months
Gross internal floor area 325m2
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT Intermediate Form with contractor’s design
Total cost £550,000

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