Whitehouse Services

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Client
Whitehouse Services
Location
Oakhampton, Devon
Photography
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Oakhampton, Devon to provide them with a full exterior & interior design service for their new services on the A30 outside Oakhampton, Devon..

The clients ran the existing Whitehouse services and wished to modify and extend the existing premises. However, following advice from a planning consultant and ourselves, a plan was put forth to demolish the existing services and provide a brand new facility that would far improve the existing provision; taking its cue from the acclaimed Gloucester Services. Space for local retailers and producers was to be provided on the main concourse through the building, as well as an tourist information point for the Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Timber cladding and a long, barn-like gabled form created an agricultural aesthetic that best suited the proximity to the open countryside and National Park setting. Largely closed off from view from the road to reduce visual impact, the back of the building opened up with expanses of glass to enjoy the views up into the moors.

The building would be constructed with a Glu-Lam frame and timber SIPS infill panels – both sustainable building approaches. The frame would be expressed internally, giving the large space rhythm and character. Solar panels and heat recovery ventilation, as well as natural light and ventilation from large roof windows, help to improve the green credentials and create a ‘healthy’ internal environment.

A new petrol station, lorry park, public car park and later addition of a hotel, completed the masterplan scheme for this new services.

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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