The building consists of a light and airy open plan café, a conference and education room which is used for educational talks and children’s parties and a small kitchen where the ice cream is produced. The Ice Cream Parlour was the vision of the clients who after years of planning in partnership with Studio G architects, CDS Consultants and contractors Robert Woodhead Limited secured funding from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to enable the project to start in April 2011. A good working relationship was built between client and contractor who were on site until December 1st taking the total build time to 8 months.
Working on a farm was challenging as the access was tight and restrictive and at times the site was boggy. Our contractors also had to contend with the farm dog running on to the live construction site we erected extra fencing to keep everyone on site safe, including the dog. The building has been designed to achieve BREEAM Good and offers exceptional thermal efficiency due to the cedar cladding.
The project was recognised by the Harry Johnson award 2012, the judges commented on the… “excellent out door play facilities and practical design and it promises to have an exciting commercial future.”
We can also confirm that the ice cream is fantastic!