03 February 2017
Windmill Hill City Farm expansion moves forward
Windmill Hill City Farm

Construction has now started on the next phase of development of Bristol’s Windmill Hill City Farm. Contractors are now on site to build Phase 1 which will include the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the existing café area and a 150m2 extension.

Childs+Sulzmann’s designs for phase 1 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.

Expansion plans were unveiled last year at the farm’s 40th birthday celebrations and received an enthusiastic response from staff and visitors alike, and planning approval was received in the autumn last year.

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 last summer.

Phase 1 is due for completion in May and further developments at the farm are planned as second phase, for which further funding is being sought.