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.

Van Ellen and Sheryn always deliver a friendly, professional, service and do their upmost to see away through the demands of their clients, the natural constraints of any particular site, the budget constraints that may exist, and the expectations of the relevant Local Authority. It can be the case that the desires of a client are not matched by a Local Authority, this can result in adaptations to enable planning permission, Van Ellen and Sheryn always show patience and creativity in trying to overcome such problems. As a planning consultant and historic building consultant I have always enjoyed working alongside Van Ellen and Sheryn and found them efficient and reliable in delivering projects for their clients. My observation is that their clients also have enjoyed working with them and this is best substantiated by the repeat business and positive recommendations I have witnessed them receive. They create attractive solutions and have a sound appreciation of the hurdles often faced in securing planning permission and delivering a scheme, to aid this they have contact with an array of consultants who provide associated services to support development, this includes practices and professionals in the fields of planning, ecology, engineering, ground surveying, drainage etc.

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