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.

I have no hesitation in recommending van Ellen + Sheryn Architects to any prospective customer. My experience was excellent – great service without fault, and very good value for money. If I need to employ an Architect again I would engage van Ellen + Sheryn without question.

van Ellen + Sheryn offered a flexible and scalable service from initial consultancy, through design and application, and even including project management of the build, according to our needs and budget.

Our project was quite modest in scale, nonetheless the company were thorough and professional in every way, paying great attention to all the details, and showing full understanding of the many regulations, procedures and formalities that had to be observed for planning and building compliance.

Van Ellen + Sheryn made the entire process very simple and easy to understand, explaining all the steps in plain English, providing valuable advice while interpreting our wishes and needs to deliver a design we were very happy with, and delivering or facilitating the planning applications, engineering drawings, surveys and consultancy with the builders and various other agencies, so that the project ran smoothly, on time and without stress.

Thank you van Ellen + Sheryn!

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