Holkham Hall Visitor Centre

The project comprised of two sections; the remodelling of a former stables building into a café, shop & museum and the remodelling of a former potteries building into an exclusive venue for weddings or corporate events. The Stables involved the design and installation of a new underfloor heating system within the building, and the forming of a new plantroom within an existing part of the stables. The plantroom included a heat exchanger connected to the site wide biomass boiler system as well as the ventilation plant to serve the café.

The lighting to this section of the project was of particular interest as it was architecturally-driven but highly functional within the museum to provide both dimmable and high-focus lighting to the exhibits. Other services included fire alarms, security systems, domestic water system and sanitary ware, all of which had to be installed without impacting the appearance of this historical building.

Potteries (now known as The Lady Elizabeth Wing) was a more ambitious phase of the project which saw the former bowling alley (which became the pottery) being transformed into a high-end venue complete with full catering kitchen. Much attention was paid to the lighting on this phase which included a fully addressable Dali dimmable scene setting system. Similar to the stables, the potteries building is heated with underfloor systems, fed from the biomass boiler via a new plantroom housed within the original building foot print.

The venue offers facilities for up to 250 dinner guests, 320 conference guests and 360 guests for drinks parties. Hopkins Architects, the architectural company behind the transformation of the former pottery building, has won a prestigious RIBA East Award as well as the RIBA East Conservation Award.

Client: Holkham Estates
Main Contractor: Robson Construction – Wisbech
Architect: Hopkins Architects – Marylebone
Services Consultant: KJ Tait – Cambridge
M&E Value: £1.2m
Completed: June 2016 on time & on budget


Photos from www.holkham.co.uk