SCHEME DESIGN

Three principles underpin our design work.

Firstly, this is a landscape led project.  Through careful mounding and planting, we are protecting the site from the surrounding infrastructure, whilst also protecting the sightlines from nearby locations onto the site.  We want to create a site which feels as green and natural as possible, so our customers can enjoy the outdoors and we can improve biodiversity.  We are working with Planit, local landscape architect practice in Altrincham, which has deep knowledge of the local area and its indigenous species.

Secondly, sustainability is at the heart of the site and building design.  From water management and biodiversity, to renewable energy, future fuels and low embodied carbon buildings, our objective is to make this a national exemplar of MSA buildings.

Thirdly, we are creating a collection of buildings in the model of a farmstead, each a design in its own right. We have retained the original farmhouse and are creating new buildings to complement it, agricultural in style but contemporary and crafted out of natural, subtle materials.  We are delighted to be working once again with Glenn Howells Architects, whose design for Gloucester Services won a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) national award.      

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ARRIVAL

A new approach.

The arrival layout has been designed to give visitors time to choose their destination in a clear and simple manner. The first building that comes into view on approach is the Fuel Barn. It bears no resemblance to a traditional fuel forecourt: it is multifunctional, with a drive-through, a cafe and a shop for HGV customers and time-short car customers.  It is also adaptable, so we can scale down traditional fuels as required.  We will open with 54 electric vehicle charge points, with the capacity to increase when required.

FARMSHOP & KITCHEN

This is our main amenity building for customers. 

It houses our Farmshop & Kitchen in a light and airy timbered building. The customer will enter through a beautiful kitchen garden, an enclosed outdoor space which customers can use and in which we will grow herbs, plants and fruits.

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HOTEL

A 100-bed hotel with its own personality

Comfortable rooms will cater for a variety of travellers, including families and pet owners looking to break up long journeys and enjoy relaxing stopovers.

MATERIALS

A combination of distinctively local, crafted and natural materials.

 

We are exploring the use of rammed earth as a solution to provide low embodied carbon buildings. This is a material that is made of its place, with earth sourced from the site and surrounding Tatton Estate. 

 

Heavy timber will be an important feature of our buildings, as it is in all our businesses. We are exploring metal roofs and looking at possibilities to integrate the solar panels to create a beautifully designed structure.

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The initial consultation is now closed.

Comments and suggestions are still welcome.