Construction has started on Walters and Cohen’s competition-winning scheme to extend and refurbish the London Buddhist Centre’s Vajrasana retreat in Suffolk
The £3.7 million project will replace existing farm buildings on the site with new residential, meditation and communal accommodation.
The new buildings will keep the same footprint as the existing agricultural buildings and will ‘respect the scale, height and materials of the farmhouse’ which is being retained.
As part of the consultation for the project, the architects attended a weekend retreat at the centre, which provides support for carers and people coping with stress, addiction and depression alongside practicing Buddhists.
Walters and Cohen director Cindy Walters, said: ‘We feel this will be a beautiful, simple and welcoming place. Visitors will benefit from being in a very natural environment, with a quiet series of spaces for contemplation and rest.’
The scheme is set to complete in 2016.