Bath City Farm Planning Permission

Hetreed Ross recently obtained planning permission for a new café at Bath City Farm.  The timber frame and cladding, under a grass roof, creates an agricultural design to nestle into the sloping site.  With seating for 40 customers inside and further space outside on two terraces, the Farm facilities will be greatly enhanced.

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 Planning Permission

Hetreed Ross recently obtained planning permission for a new café at Bath City Farm.  The timber frame and cladding, under a grass roof, creates an agricultural design to nestle into the sloping site.  With seating for 40 customers inside and further space outside on two terraces, the Farm facilities will be greatly enhanced.

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Hetreed Ross were selected by competition in August 2017 to work with Bath City Farm to create a new café which would enhance the facilities for visitors and locals.

Bath City Farm is situated on a 37-acre plot between two neighbouring areas, Twerton and Southdown and is well placed to serve this beautiful area and diverse community, providing education, training, therapeutic activities, venue hire and events for the local community to encourage participation and well- being.   Entry to the Farm is free with options for making donations, to encourage frequent use.  Established in 1990, the farm has continued to grow with them welcoming over 24,000 visitors last year, many of who have had access to projects that improved their emotional and physical wellbeing.

We studied the site both from afar to assess the impact that the new building would have on the views towards the Farm, 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 building whilst also affording two generous, sunny terraces to take in the excellent views over Bath.

The design 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 grassed roof sits on timber clad walls which will be allowed to weather naturally.  An open pergola across the front elevation 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 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.

Fund raising is under way and it is hoped that construction will take place in 2019.

Hetreed Ross were selected by competition in August 2017 to work with Bath City Farm to create a new café which would enhance the facilities for visitors and locals.

Bath City Farm is situated on a 37-acre plot between two neighbouring areas, Twerton and Southdown and is well placed to serve this beautiful area and diverse community, providing education, training, therapeutic activities, venue hire and events for the local community to encourage participation and well- being.   Entry to the Farm is free with options for making donations, to encourage frequent use.  Established in 1990, the farm has continued to grow with them welcoming over 24,000 visitors last year, many of who have had access to projects that improved their emotional and physical wellbeing.

We studied the site both from afar to assess the impact that the new building would have on the views towards the Farm, 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 building whilst also affording two generous, sunny terraces to take in the excellent views over Bath.

The design 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 grassed roof sits on timber clad walls which will be allowed to weather naturally.  An open pergola across the front elevation 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 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.

Fund raising is under way and it is hoped that construction will take place in 2019.

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 2017

 

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