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Reed Watts

Reed Watts Architects, London

Ightham Mote

Reed Watts are working with Landscape Architects Colvin & Moggridge to design a new visitor reception, retail shop and associated landscape works for the National Trust’s Ightham Mote in Kent, a Grade 1 listed building and Scheduled Monument.

The scheme proposes a new building set within a reinstated walled garden, close to the existing Café. The new building and entrance provides a generous and flexible space for visitors to orientate themselves before approaching the house and the wider estate. The new building sits sensitively in the garden landscape so as to compliment the historic stone wall within which it is enclosed.

Contrasting to the rich combination and arrangement of materials of the Mansion, the new structures will be characterised by a simple palette of natural finishes–including hempcrete, lime and timber–whilst incorporating subtle areas of craft and delight.

Along with the use of renewable materials, an air source heat pump, passive ventilation and good levels of insulation will ensure that the building is as sustainable as possible.

Planning permission has been secured, with construction expected to start in September 2023.

Aerial photo courtesy of the National Trust


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