A clean slate at Brooke Farm
With over 350 free range chickens, greenhouses, polytunnels and fields, they produce fruit and vegetables, eggs and bedding plants which are sold in the farm shop and garden centre on site, contributing to the running costs of the centre.
In 2016 Nottinghamshire County Council commissioned Arc Partnership to refurbish the windows and roof, update the recreation room and create a new flexible, usable space from an open sided barn.
The buildings date from 1900 and are in a conservation area, so the roof tiles and wooden sash windows had to remain in keeping with the character of the building and the surrounding village. This meant working closely with the Heritage Officer for approval of materials and designs before the work went ahead.
A key objective of Arc Partnership is to work with local, independent, small businesses, so the roof was sourced and fitted and the windows were supplied and fitted by businesses based within 30 miles of our office.
The recreation area was revamped with a new kitchen, upgraded heating and new rooflights. In the open-sided barn, walls were added and concrete laid, replacing the original compacted earth floor. Another room was created in the barn to allow space for refrigeration and storage too.
Now that the work has been completed the service users have a kitchen and recreation area that is warm and welcoming, with no leaks! The upgraded drainage has reduced the risk of flooding and the barn is now a practical space where staff can work and where the Summer Fayre, which takes place in July each year, can be held under cover if the weather is wet.
Plans have recently been approved to expand the farm, to include an upgrade to the café and shop and a new children’s play park.
So, if you’re in the area, pop in and see the work we’ve done, or just treat yourself to some of their delicious produce!