Cookery School

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Client
Commercial
Location
Ashburton, Devon
Photography
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Ashburton, Devon to provide them with a Full Architectural Service for their New cookery School.

A disused car showroom occupied the site, on the outskirts of Ashburton. The local Cookery School had out grown their current home in the centre of town and required a larger, purpose built building to continue their courses.

The building was designed with three teaching kitchens, a dining area and a wine tasting room. The architecture is distinctly ‘Dartmoor’, incorporating the local granite and limestone with rendered walls to the rear façade and cedar cladding to the wings. The teaching kitchens at ground floor have north facing clerestory windows. The rooms at first floor will be dramatically lit with full height timber framed glazing to either gable end.

In 2014 two new extensions were added to the teaching kitchens, providing additional dining space.

The School was opened late 2009.

We have commissioned van Ellen & Sheryn to design a new purpose built cookery school building in Ashburton which was opened in 2010 along with subsequent extensions to the building in more recent years.

As a customer facing business we welcome thousands of people from around the world to spend large amounts of time (up to 6 months) within our building, so it is imperative that it is welcoming and attractive from the outside and a light and enjoyable space to work in.

van Ellen & Sheryn showed an excellent understanding of the brief and gave us multiple, well-visualised concepts to help us focus towards a finished concept and plans.

We are sited within Dartmoor Park conservation area which brings with it special considerations of materials and design, and much time was saved by having architects experienced of working within these parameters. There were no issues gaining planning permission.

The finished build is exactly as visualised and designed by the architects – an outstanding building to look at and work in that makes the most of the site within which it sits and is a delight to work in.

Several years later the business needed to expand and we commissioned van Ellen & Sheryn for the extensions. This was a tricky brief, adding on two new dining rooms to the existing facade and had the potential of spoiling the strength of the original design. Their design has actually strengthened the impact of the facade of the building which is quite an achievement.

I would recommend van Ellen & Sheryn architects for projects of all sizes. They are a modern architect studio, small enough to care about all their projects, but experienced enough to cope with projects of all sizes. I feel they offer extremely good value. The work they have executed for us is contemporary yet looks better as time moves on – the sign of a great architect.

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