Bath City Farm café

Hetreed Ross Architects won the competition to design Bath City Farm’s new café in 2017. Established in 1990, Bath city farm has grown to welcoming over 24,000 visitors last year and outgrown its current café facilities.

External render image of Bath City Farm café in timber frame construction with outdoor seating area External render image of Bath City Farm café in timber frame construction with outdoor seating area
Image illustrating a section cut through the proposed cafe and kitchen space, with its exposed internal structure and green roof. Image illustrating a section cut through the proposed cafe and kitchen space, with its exposed internal structure and green roof.
Image illustrating the ground floor site plan  of the proposed cafe at bath city farm, highlighting how to building sits within the landscape Image illustrating the ground floor site plan  of the proposed cafe at bath city farm, highlighting how to building sits within the landscape
Bath City Farm café

Hetreed Ross Architects won the competition to design Bath City Farm’s new café in 2017. Established in 1990, Bath city farm has grown to welcoming over 24,000 visitors last year and outgrown its current café facilities.

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Hetreed Ross Architects won the competition to design Bath City Farm’s new cafe in 2017. Established in 1990, Bath city farm has grown to welcoming over 24,000 visitors last year and outgrown its current cafe facilities. The farm provides education, training, therapeutic activities, venue hire and events for the local Bath community to encourage participation and well- being.  The brief for the new farm cafe included for seating for 40 visitors, an open plan service area, kitchens, storage and toilets in addition to external seating.

Hetreed Ross Architects studied the site both from afar to assess the impact that the new building would have on the views towards the Farm from Bath, and also from within the Farm itself to arrive at the most suitable location.  As a result it was decided to locate the cafe on the flat grass area between the training building and the playground.  This has the advantage of being directly in sight of the car park, enabling relatively flat access for wheelchairs and buggies, avoiding the need for altered ground levels or retaining walls. This area offers ample area to accommodate the new cafe whilst also affording two generous, sunny terraces to take in the excellent views over Bath.

The design Hetreed Ross Architects have proposed for the cafe has taken influence from its agricultural setting using traditional forms and materials but reimagining them to create a contemporary space.  The simple shallow mono-pitch roof sits on timber clad walls which will be allowed to weather naturally.  An open pergola across the front elevation of the cafe gives layering and shelter with the opportunity for plant growth.  Simple glazed openings give views across the Farm, playground and beyond.  Space around the cafe will allow for outdoor Bath community events to continue and to benefit from the proximity of the cafe, whilst a paddock will be formed next to the café to enable livestock to be brought into this area of the site

 

Main contractor: Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd

QS: Ken Jenn

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Hetreed Ross Architects won the competition to design Bath City Farm’s new café in 2017. Established in 1990, Bath city farm has grown to welcoming over 24,000 visitors last year and outgrown its current café facilities. The farm provides education, training, therapeutic activities, venue hire and events for the local Bath community to encourage participation and well- being.  The brief for the new farm café included for seating for 40 visitors, an open plan service area, kitchens, storage and toilets in addition to external seating.

Hetreed Ross Architects studied the site both from afar to assess the impact that the new building would have on the views towards the Farm from Bath, and also from within the Farm itself to arrive at the most suitable location.  As a result it was decided to locate the café on the flat grass area between the training building and the playground.  This has the advantage of being directly in sight of the car park, enabling relatively flat access for wheelchairs and buggies, avoiding the need for altered ground levels or retaining walls. This area offers ample area to accommodate the new café whilst also affording two generous, sunny terraces to take in the excellent views over Bath.

The design Hetreed Ross Architects have proposed for the café has taken influence from its agricultural setting using traditional forms and materials but reimagining them to create a contemporary space.  The simple shallow mono-pitch roof sits on timber clad walls which will be allowed to weather naturally.  An open pergola across the front elevation of the café gives layering and shelter with the opportunity for plant growth.  Simple glazed openings give views across the Farm, playground and beyond.  Space around the café will allow for outdoor Bath community events to continue and to benefit from the proximity of the café, whilst a paddock will be formed next to the café to enable livestock to be brought into this area of the site.

 

Main contractor: Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd

QS: Ken Jenn

Hetreed Ross Architects are RIBA Chartered Architects and Environmental Designers, for Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset and the South West. AECB, EASA and Green Register members.

© Hetreed Ross Architects 2021

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