The Cotswold Farming Education and Enterprise Centre designed by Timothy Tasker Architects (TTA), is now in the development stage.
TTA was given the project by the West Oxfordshire District Council early this year. The goal is to create a centre for demonstrating and promoting methods of sustainable agriculture. The centre will feature four farm buildings and two homes.
One of the farm buildings will be designed to hold events for hundreds of people. It will also feature a cookery teaching kitchen that can allow 15 workstations and a free-standing fireplace.
A micro-dairy and a honey processing unit are other features that can be expected in at least one of the farm buildings.
The two family homes will sit on the south-west of the farmyard, which will ensure more privacy and a conducive environment for the farm handlers.
Some of the sustainability features of the development include mechanisms for re-using rainwater within the buildings and insulating deep cavities with sheep wool. Electricity will be provided by solar panels and heating will be provided by renewable sources including air source heat pumps. Local Cotswold stones will be used for the walls while zinc will be used for the cladding.
According to the architects at TTA, the entire design is based on medieval farm buildings. Founder Timothy Tasker said: ‘We were acutely aware of our need to be sympathetic to the local environment. Working with the sun and the rain, introducing natural patterns and using local materials – these have all helped to make the centre feel an integral part of the land.’