Working closely with the client, Chatsworth House Estate, Peak Architects designed the extension and reconfiguration of the existing restaurant, located at the Chatsworth Farm Shop, in Pilsley conservation area.
The proposals were required to improve the restaurant’s visible presence and capacity and create additional kitchen space to meet the demands of the restaurant, whilst facilitating a more efficient back of house operation.
A new entrance and the central relocation of the restaurant servery was designed to facilitate greater access and efficiency for serving customers. Glazed panel doors were incorporated to provide daylight, create a visible frontage of the restaurant and easy access to the new undercover heated external dining area.
The scheme involves the relocation of the kitchen into a new timber pod extension, situated within the courtyard. A structure parallel to the restaurant block was incorporated to provide the most functional internal layout, whilst retaining the character of the courtyard.
The materiality of the extension provides a lightweight intervention of timber cladding to the traditional stone building, providing a clear distinction between new and old; the aim being to enrich the characteristics of the site and provide greater clarity when navigating the site.
As part of the expansion scheme, the car park was reconfigured and optimised to provide an additional 10 car parking spaces to service the extra retail and restaurant space and improve circulation to allow for a dedicated service/plant enclosure to be incorporated.