Arturus have designed this 3000 sqm complex to re-vamp the entrance facilities to the Holiday Resort Unity in Brean, Somerset.
This large complex includes a 300 seat restaurant, large amusements area, multi-use atrium, 4 lane ten pin bowling alley, a shop and takeaway and staff accommodation. The building is designed as an eye-catching frontage piece to the holiday resort- highly visible from the main road, it has been designed as a landmark building whilst remaining sympathetic to the rural character of the area. The concept for the design draws on the history of the site - Unity Resort was once a farm, and some of the original farm buildings remain. The entertainment complex is designed to be reminiscent of large agricultural buildings, but with a high quality of contemporary detailing which will set it apart from other buildings in the area. The materials have been chosen for their striking appearance but also their durability in this seaside location. The GRP corrugated cladding has been chosen for its non-corrosive properties and is commonly used in agricultural buildings of this scale. More recently this versatile product has been chosen for more contemporary architecture and is popular with this kind of ‘farm vernacular’. The large glazed areas are shaded by natural timber brise soleil and large colonnaded roof overhangs, which also provide a sheltered walkway around the buildings when the British holiday season is less sunny!
The buildings wrap around and provide shelter to a larger external courtyard ‘farmyard’, with outdoor seating areas and a large childrens’ play area which will be landscaped with planting to suit the seaside location and provide a buffer against the westerly, sand carrying winds that come off the Bristol Channel.
Brean, Somerset, UK