Double gold for rural businesses on building design
Several North East-based rural enterprise companies are celebrating this week after the Cross Lanes Organic Farm Shop at Barnard Castle, County Durham, part-designed and built by S&A Fabrications, was named ‘Building of the Year’ at the first ever Farm and Agricultural Buildings awards.
The building also scooped the prize for ‘Best building aesthetics’. The awards were given by the Rural and Industrial Design and Buildings Association (RIDBA) at its National conference, and were presented by TV presenter Kate Humble at the Hilton Hotel, Bath. The objective of them was to “highlight the variety, diversity and sustainability of farm buildings”, according to the organisation.
Located just off the A66 outside Barnard Castle, the Cross Lanes building features an innovative “green roof” where sheep can graze. Peter Coverdale, the Owner & Director of Cross Lanes, designed the aesthetics of the building himself and then pulled in Chris Fish of CMF Planning and Design to put his vision into planned drawings. S and A designed and erected the infrastructure of the building, Wharton Construction were the main contractors and Coverdale Masonry did all the masonry, brick work, polished concrete floors, straw bale walls and traditional lime plaster.
Television presenter Kate Humble presented the awards to S&A managing director Geoff Simpson and general manager David Longstaff, and said “the Cross Lanes development was a great example of how to integrate styles, systems and materials into a modern stylish and practical building, highlighting superb appearance and design with excellent sustainability. It was wholly functional for the intended use and, in itself, is a bit of an attraction especially when the sheep are spotted grazing on the roof."
General Manager David Longstaff said, "I am delighted to be part of winning this award for an S and A conventional building. We are used to the Roundhouse winning accolades, so it makes a real change for one of our conventional buildings to come home with not one but two awards. Being the overall winner is a real coup and it’s a credit to everyone involved that this work has been recognised."
Peter Coverdale, owner of Cross Lanes said “I am extremely proud that our building has been recognised in such a way nationally.
Cross Lanes Organic Farm was Peter & Sue Coverdale’s dream. With over 35 years in the restoration business they wanted to design a genuinely green and sustainable building purpose built to accommodate a café and farm shop, with a strong emphasis on local and organic produce. “The build in 2011 had to run to a very tight programme and S&A designed, delivered and erected the steel frame well within the time constraints. We had a first class service carried out by precision craftsmen”.
These new awards add to the extensive collection Cross Lanes have already achieved, having been awarded a Countryside Alliance Highly Commended Start-Up Award; the FARMA Environmental Farm Retailer of the Year; an 'Outstanding' accolade in the County Durham Environment Awards, Best New Business and the Environmental Achievement award in the Teesdale Business Awards. It has also netted a Great Taste Award from the Soil Association Award, and they were finalists in the BBC Food & Farming Awards, reaching the top three in the country for the Best Local Food Retailer.
S&A Fabrications have been manufacturing steel framed structures since 1978, including the award winning Roundhouse livestock building.
On the same evening as the farm scooped the main RIDBA awards Cross Lanes were awarded a 'Special Commendation' at the regional RICS North East Renaissance awards ceremony, after been shortlisted in the Tourism & Leisure category. The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment.
“The Cross Lanes team would like to say a huge thank you to Angela and David Coulson with Addisons Chartered Surveyors for nominating them for the RICS awards,” adds Peter.
Below are links to the RIDBA awards presentations: