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Date
2016
Region
UK
Sector
Culture & Leisure Masterplanning
Budget
£1m - £5m
Client
Royal Horticultural Society
Location
Chelmsford, Essex
Contact
Carol Costello

The Hilltop Restaurant and Activity Barn will help to create an enticing destination for visitors to RHS Garden Hyde Hall.

RHS Hyde Hall Restaurant and Activity Barn

Hyde Hall in Essex is the largest Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden at 360 acres.

We have been involved in the masterplan and the design of the buildings at the Hilltop - the former farmstead which forms the primary focus of the gardens. 

Our scheme proposes a new Learning Centre and a Hilltop Restaurant and Activity Barn. These additional facilities will improve catering and events provision to support the already growing numbers of visitors. 

Creativity

Our design for the Hilltop Restaurant and Activity Barn is characterised by a rigorous and repetitive structural language - a splayed, glue-laminated timber portal frame will march along the loft Restaurant and Activity spaces, intersecting at a delicate nodel point at the apex. 

The nodel point will simultaneously brace the structure whilst supporting the long cantilevered gables at the southern ends. 

Collaboration

Our proposal for the structure was initially developed by way of physical models; these were primary in resolving critical structural issues with the structural engineers and became a key tool in communicating the design intent to the client. 

As the proposals developed, the design was translated into a digital BIM (Building Information Modelling) model. As well as facilitating cross-disciplinary coordination, the BIM model also enabled the quick and easy production of study renderings at each stage in the design process. 

Throughout the design we have been utilising virtual reality, allowing us to examine details and design options from all angles at 1:1 scale.