SUSD were approached by the Gusbourne Winery to help them expand one of the few vineyards and winery business’ in UK.
The project consists of the, Gusbourne Winery, Gusbourne Farm in Kent and Middle Barn Farm in Sussex.
The existing winery production shed structure is situated at the high point of the south facing sloping site and the proposed extension is located to the front of the existing green shed, shielding the current aesthetically unappealing building to the surrounding countryside. The new extension seeks to create a welcoming and contemporary new face to the production facilities and day to day business functions on the site. The development will be carbon neutral and incorporate biodiversity enhancement measures.
The existing buildings on the farm are a collection of sheds and silos in poor condition and unsuitable for the purpose of storing the wine produced up the road at the winery, therefore the proposals would include 2,500m2 of storage sheds and a large tractor shed organised around the existing footprint.
Support has been noted on the farm for sustainable rural tourism and leisure developments that benefit businesses in rural areas, communities and visitors, and which respect the character of the countryside. This accommodation is proposed as temporary eco structures, located sensitively in the landscape to provide as minimum impact as possible. Along with a shop & visitor centre, guest accommodation and a private house, planning considerations require an exceptional standard of design.
Middle Barn Farm:
This site consists of
A new 455m2 barn is proposed on the same footprint as an existing concrete framed, asbestos clad barn structure.
A simple dual pitched roof barn is proposed. The barn will accommodate tractor storage and the capacity to press wine in addition, should this be required.