Peak Architects was appointed by the Chatsworth Settlement Trust to develop designs for a proposed bird hide, to be located within the grounds of the children's Farmyard. Within an extremely limited budget, Peak Architects designed a beautiful and original woodland bird hide on the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire. Its location, on the edge of a copse of trees, allows young bird watchers to feel part of the woodland habitat. The hide has a cedar shingle-clad exterior, that will slowly turn to a metallic grey, with a birch ply lining.
Peak Architects’ approach was to enable the user to feel as close as possible to the wildlife in the woodland:
A subtle, organic wooden structure that is both sustainable and lightweight in construction;
The curves of the simple timber-framed structure take reference from its location adjacent to a ‘HaHa’, a feature of the original Capability Brown landscaped gardens, within the Estate;
Constructed for only £12,000 and within four weeks on site, the building is fully wheelchair/DDA accessible and has viewing slots at multiple heights to allow for people of all ages and abilities to use the hide with ease.
The site falls within the general classification of the Grade I* listing for the Chatsworth Estate; detailed planning and listed building permission was required for the Birdhide.