TSL are pleased to announce that the Charlie Bighams’ Kitchen received two awards at the RIBA South West Awards including ‘Building of the Year 2018’
This is an amazing achievement by the whole team, who delivered this incredible project on time. To have a client be recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects has been the icing on the cake for TSL.
The building adopts a traditional factory roof of asymmetric pitches spanning more than 40 metres and incorporating north lights and (potentially) photovoltaic panels. The volume is expressed as two parts, differentiated in colour and scale over a consistent plinth: The ochre and red of the upper levels responds to the striated rock face of the quarry.
One corner of the building is eroded to create a generous upper level terrace accessed from the staff café and framed by a quirky asymmetric entrance tower.
Internally, production spaces are tightly regulated in terms of materials and detail with stringent access controls. Here the architect has taken every opportunity to adapt the volume to respond to the most densely populated parts of the process and to provide views out.
In the common areas and offices, volumes, materials and details are generous – an oak framed and lined screen mediates between open plan workspace and meeting rooms, terminating in a centrally located test kitchen with refectory table inviting visitors to sample future products.
The requirements of the brief might have been met in a very simple shed; this building demonstrates the added value that client ambition and architectural ingenuity can bring to even the most prosaic brief – as a statement of intent for an employer new to the area, whose brand is bound up with quality, the building is an excellent advocate. It exemplifies architecture’s purpose to surprise and delight in addition to fulfilling functional requirements.
TSL have been delighted to have delivered the Architects vision perfectly.
- Architect: Feilden Fowles Architects
- Contractor: TSL
- Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant: TSL
- Project Management: TSL