Our Project Story

Feldon Valley.

Banbury, UK

Andrew Peggram, Partner at Hoare Lea

Project Lead:
Andrew Peggram

Hidden solutions in scenic splendour.

Feldon Valley is a charming 18-hole golf club, complete with stunning views of the Cotswold Hills. The clubhouse is being extensively refurbished and extended, with new kitchen/restaurant facilities and a new gym area. Added to this, the project involves the construction of a brand new hotel and a series of self-contained woodland lodges.

Testing the limit.

The site had a limited existing electrical supply capacity and no natural-gas infrastructure available. To use the existing utility infrastructure, we recommended LPG boilers for space heating and hot water generation in the clubhouse and hotel. In turn, these also serve heat interface units in each of the remote lodges. By crafting this combination of natural ventilation and high-efficiency mechanical and electrical services, we could keep the electricity demand within the existing supply capacity.

Hidden in the landscape.

The development has been designed to blend aesthetically with the environment – and our solutions for the project took a similar approach. The MEP services, acoustic, and fire strategies have all been developed to achieve the desired transparency of the accommodation, while delivering highly energy-efficient operation without compromising the quality of the spaces.

As it was a sensitive rural site, we used thermal modelling to help to identify what type of low-carbon solutions would be acceptable to the planning authorities. Our acoustic and fire engineering expertise was also instrumental in developing accommodation that was as open as possible to the surrounding environment but meant guests could still enjoy peaceful, safe spaces in this idyllic spot.

Key Figures
18 Hole golf club