Taking advantage of panoramic river and countryside views the Riverside Clubhouse, set beside the River Avon in the picturesque Avon Park, is on schedule to open its doors later this year.
When complete, the new clubhouse will provide facilities including a bar and restaurant, a head office for Avon Estates and further visitor facilities, including a children’s games room, shop and information centre.
The new clubhouse will have a floorspace of 18,400 sq ft and its footprint broadly replaces that of six buildings which were demolished. The building has been constructed using a technique quite uncommon to the UK, as Architect Simon Keirton explained:
“It’s a highly sustainable building that we have designed, our company Emission Zero specialise in extremely sustainable building design in terms of architecture and mechanical systems and this is the approach we have adopted.
“We have used a very interesting and unique kind of construction called logs shell; this is where the fabric of the building has been made entirely from green timber sections. A trunk is simply stripped of its bark and then formed into a section to sit one on top of another; the walls are 266mm thick solid and it requires a highly skilled carpentry operation to make it fit together.”
Typically this method of construction is used in countries such as Russia and North America where the temperature can get very low. When asked why this method was used is Stratford, Simon said:
“We used this design because we were looking for a timber aesthetic to put into this building and this is the purest we could find. A lot of areas are just bare wood, so it is a very honest form of construction in that you can see almost all the details from the inside and out. Also it is important to note that this method of construction significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the building.”
With last year being one of the highest on record for rainfall the construction did run into some difficulties. In November the site was covered by nearly two meters of water, this caused the timber to become warped and only through intricate restoration work was the team able to recreate the timber sections as they should have been.
Director of Avon Estates, Nicholas Allen acknowledged the river created difficulties, he said: “The River Avon is our greatest asset and our greatest liability. The river is what draws visitors to our parks, but it also brings occasional floods and as a company we are always striving to eliminate the disruption and damage caused.”
The clubhouse is currently entering the finishing stages of construction, with contracts now being tendered for internal works.
Simon Keirton is the joint Director of Emission Zero, the company was formed several years ago with the aim of providing highly sustainable architectural solutions for clients. Speaking about the company, Simon said: “We look at highly sustainable designs and we marry that with a complete understanding of how a building performs.”
Avon Estates Ltd’s three caravan parks combine to be the largest visitor accommodation facility in Stratford-upon-Avon, for more information please visit: www.stratfordcaravans.co.uk.
For more than 26 years Desertoak Ltd has provided expert services across a range of sectors within the construction industry, from high end residential and retail projects, to heritage sites, commercial properties and health care facilities. Over the years Desertoak Ltd has worked for many prestigious clients, including Vertu, Gieves & Hawkes, DeBeers, TAG Heuer and is currently involved with an £11 million refurbishment project for a Saudi Prince.
Desertoak Ltd, is the main contractor on the new Riverside Clubhouse at Riverside Caravan Park for Avon Estates. Commenting on the project, Desertoak Ltd Director, Barry Downey, said:
“Riverside will be the largest spruce log constructed building of this style in Europe and we are delighted to be involved with this unique and exciting project.”
“At Desertoak Ltd we are very proud of our commitment to each job. Our goal is to complete all projects, to the highest standards possible, whilst maintaining a safe working environment throughout.”