Commercial & Leisure Highly Commended 2019
Structural engineer: Peter Brett Associates
Main contractor: Shaylor Group
Joinery: Carr Grange Joinery, CED
Timber engineer/installer: Eurban Ltd
Timber supplier: Skonto CTS and Pabst
Wood species: spruce, fir and pine
Wildernesse Restaurant is a timber-vaulted, metal-skinned shared dining space for a new retirement community. The site is within the Wildernesse Conservation Area and adjacent to a grade II listed building. During the 19th century a conservatory sat to the north-east corner of the grade II listed mansion. The new restaurant aims to reinstate this pavilion typology, creating an exquisite dining space with the transparency of a traditional glasshouse. Internally, CLT arches sit atop a grid of glulam columns. The arches define large glazed openings and a central elevated lantern houses the open kitchen – creating a space filled with light and expansive views across the estate. The use of minimal repeated elements is a key concept for the construction of the restaurant. Internally, all the timber structure is left exposed.