Dorset Farmhouse Site Visit
The RBA team took a day out of the office last week to visit one of our sites down in Dorset, and the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton.
This traditional farmhouse is undergoing a complete renovation, which includes a large two-storey extension to the rear. Work is now well underway on site and the main structure of the building is complete.
RBA had an interesting talk with Ecologic, who are supplying and supervising the installation of the SIPs used for the build. These provide the building with a high level of insulation. Both client and RBA were impressed by how fast the building has been constructed using SIPs – just under 3 weeks from start to finish. We learnt from Ecologic that the insulation used for the SIPs is 98% air. It is also fully recyclable, with all offcuts cleared from site and taken back to the factory for reuse in other projects. This ties in with our commitment to sustainable building techniques.
Following the site visit, we went to the Hauser & Wirth gallery in nearby Bruton. We enjoyed looking at both current exhibitions and wandering around the Oudolf Field to the rear. This is a large perennial meadow designed by internationally-renowned Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf. The Radic Pavilion at the top of the field was designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic. This too is particularly impressive and we spent some time exploring and discussing it.
Learn more about the Dorset Farm House project here.