The Crown, Playhatch

The Crown, Playhatch

The project, for W.H. Brakspear & Sons Ltd based in Henley on Thames, involved the design of 10 luxury en suite bedrooms. The development was needed to provide an essential source of additional income to sustain The Crown Inn, a Grade II listed historic public house in the heart of the Chilterns (an area of outstanding natural beauty).

The design utilises a pallet of local traditional materials, expressed in a contemporary design. The detached bedroom wing creates a sheltered peaceful aspect to the bedroom terraces whilst maintaining a popular beer garden situated to the reverse side.

Both visual and audible separation is achieved by the brick and flint spine wall, off which the bedroom structures are situated to the south. A canopied over hang provides solar shading and creates a semi private sitting out area.

Following completion the success of the building led to the project being awarded the 2008 Chiltern Building Design Award and receiving a commendation at the RIBA South conservation awards.

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