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.

We have worked with the team at van Ellen and Sheryn on 6 projects as there Principle Contractors.
3 of the projects have been in a National park and one on a listed building within the National park – this particular project was the first building to gain planning permission of its type – no small achievement and a credit to the practice. They are a very approachable practice who interpret the clients requirements with some original and practical design features that also meet the budget. The release and quality of the information on the drawings is clear and easy to work to. Each project has been better than the last – looking forward to working with the team on the next one!

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