04 October 2016
Enthusiastic response to Childs+Sulzmann designs for Windmill Hill City Farm expansion
Windmill Hill City Farm expansion | click to enlarge

New plans to expand Windmill Hill City Farm’s facilities were unveiled at the farm’s recent 40th birthday celebrations and received an enthusiastic response from staff and visitors alike.

With the increasing popularity of both the café and the community farm over the past few years, the trustees identified a need to expand and improve the café facilities. In 2015, Windmill City Farm held a design competition to select an architect to work on developing expansion plans. 

Childs+Sulzmann Architects were selected and appointed to carry out a feasibility study. The plan was to redevelop the café to provide a larger, more modern, facility that increased the farm’s capacity to educate people about food, farming and the environment and to better serve visitors with good food.  The development was also to include a multi-use function room and the brief specified that family friendly, simple, farm-related ambiance of the café, with lots of natural light, was to be retained.

The feasibility study was used to apply for funding the project which was awarded by the Big Lottery’s Community Business Fund this summer.

Childs+Sulzmann’s designs for phase 1 of the development maintain the ethos and context of the farm by making substantial use of natural materials and will include a wide range of sustainable features including rainwater harvesting, solar power and recycled materials.

A planning application for the 150 m2 scheme has now been submitted, with construction hoped to start in the New Year. Further developments at the farm are planned as second phase, for which further funding is being sought.