​​Buggy Store at the Farmyard at The Newt

Small Project

Architect: Richard Parr Associates

Client/Owner: The Newt in Somerset

Structural Engineer: Fold Consulting Engineers Ltd

Main Contractor: Wooden House Design and Build Ltd

Contractor/Builder: Stonewood Builders Ltd

Wood Supplier: Piveteau Bois, Lamisell Ltd, Land Logic Timber and Hewins Oak

Species: Oak (English & European), Douglas Fir (English & French), Larch (European), FSC & PEFC

Location: Bruton

Inspired by the elegant form of a horseshoe, this structure celebrates the landscape, natural environment and heritage of the site whilst utilising the structural capabilities of timber.

Sitting in harmony with its surroundings, the Buggy Store is a site-specific design for The Newt, a luxurious country estate hotel. The curved design pays homage to historic, horse-drawn modes of transport and parabolic elements of the gardens of Hadspen, the main house at The Newt.

All the timber species used in the project were selected for their practicality and locality to Somerset. Over time, the appearance of the building will show the gradual, organic ageing process as the oak shakes move and silver, responding to the elements.

Beyond aesthetics, the Buggy Store offers practical solutions for the site, accommodating sustainable transport for hotel guests, screening vehicles from view as they recharge, and protecting them from the elements, while the centre of the structure offers space for bikes and buggies to manoeuvre.