Minster Lovell Conference Centre
The existing buildings included the old miller’s house, a barn, a long dry stone wall, malthouse, the ruins of a mill and lovely gardens lying beside and across the river Windrush on the edge of the Cotswolds.
We have always tried to study and respect the formal quality of the shared spaces between old buildings and our new ones so that they may be enriched by the differences between the old and the new buildings that frame them.
We looked at the buildings at Minster Lovell, with the clients, and agreed that the L-shaped house would make offices and commons rooms with a dining gallery above. The malthouse would become a library and the barn would make an excellent upper level conference chamber with smaller ones below.
The study bedrooms, together with covered ways, were used to connect the old buildings together. Further study bedrooms were grouped around a double-height foyer which introduced people to the upper level conference chamber in the old barn. There are two or more ways to almost everywhere.
The barn roofs were extended downwards and outwards, giving a key to the large floating stone roofs over the new accommodation. These new roofs, or large canopies, are supported on a dry construction of bolted and connected wood, which in turn rests on modular concrete masonry.