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Hill Farm Dairy

Bath and North East Somerset

Project Details

£0.5m to £0.99M


Designscape Architects Ltd

Toll Bridge Road , Batheaston , BATH , Somerset , BA1 7DE , United Kingdom

We were commissioned to design a goat barn and dairy production facility for a new organic cheese making company. The design aims to reflect both the ethos of the client company and the site: a quality handmade product, using natural materials and low energy solutions, created with respect for its surroundings. Despite their size the buildings do not dominate, as they take advantage of the natural topography and step down the hill, enabling the barn and the milking parlour to sit above the dairy. The cold storage and maturing areas are pushed back into the hillside under the parlour. The result is a low impact design that naturally enhances the cheese making process, as the milk can flow by gravity from parlour to dairy, avoiding pumping and thus preserving the quality of the milk.