Mill on the Brue’s new clubhouse extension has won Best Small Commercial Building at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) South West Building Excellence Awards 2016. It was also nominated for the Best Educational building.
Directors Matt Rawlingson-Plant and Tricia Rawlingson Plant received the award recently at a black-tie ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Plymouth. The club house is now in contention for the national award which will be announced at a ceremony at the Westminster Park Plazza Hotel in London in November.
“We were delighted to be nominated for these awards and are very proud to pick up the best small commercial building award,” said Matt Rawlingson-Plant.
Building the extension was a challenging task from an engineering perspective and aesthetically marrying up the old converted stone barn with new wooden clad bedrooms. The Clubhouse barn location meant that we had to consider different entrance points on varying ground levels, while at the same time ensuring that teachers indoors had access to the whole building. Not only did we build four en-suite bedrooms, but also a wonderful school staff sitting room in the old barn attic. The new bedrooms are built from structurally insulated panels giving us a highly insulated airtight environmental building.
The final aspect was to plant a wild flower green roof over the wide balcony. In creating this feature we’ve softened the overall detailing and linked the new extension to the overlooking kitchen garden where we grow many organic vegetables for the visiting customers. We have two bee hives at Mill on the Brue and lots of bumble bees. So an additional feature of the extension is our newly planted bee garden highlighting the different plants that bees particularly are attracted to.