2020 - PRESENT
CONTRACT VALUE: UNDISCLOSED
CONTRACT PERIOD: 2020 - PRESENT
Lark Farm is a proposal currently in planning stage for a landscape regeneration of an existing industrial farm into a productive, sustainable farm supported by a field-to-fork restaurant, eco-accommodation and visitor centre. The farm is an extension of an existing sustainable family-fun farm adjacent.
The central orientating architectural element is a long barn forming a gateway between the southern managed productive gardens and the boundary out to the re-wilded natural landscape to the north. This singular form includes restaurant, food production space, shop, store, service space. The boardwalk at the north side is separated from the wilds by a deep haha keeping out the deer. Supporting this building are small staff cottages, welcoming visitors centre, car-park and service yard.
Working with inspiring garden designer Arne Maynard’s team, the architecture and landscape are integral to one another. The landscape harks back to native local landscape history and reintroduces a garden of edible delights through an ‘oak land meadow’ and orchard of traditional english wild service ‘Chequer’ trees, hawthorn, hazel and dog rose. Maynard’s garden proposal includes earthwork banks inspired by nearby ancient hill forts. Closer to the buildings are walled gardens with fruit trees, vegetable patches, herb & apothecary’s gardens all serving the restaurant and used to make produce for sale in the shop.
Cabins on stilts in the landscape sit with views of the surrounds, for guests to be immersed in nature.