Site Update on a scheme to refurbish, renovate and extend the Fox public house in Crawley, Hampshire.
The existing building is a Grade II listed property dating from the early 1800's that has fallen into a state of dilapidation after being left unused for a number of years.
Historically, the listed property was once split through the centre by an open passageway for horse and cart. Over time this was eventually incorporated into the fabric of the building. A number of outbuildings occupy the site that were once used as guest house accommodation.
The scheme intends to revitalise the public house by transforming it into a successful, high quality, gastro-pub come restaurant. The aspired standard of the establishment is at such a level that it is hoped that it may act as a destination that people may seek to travel to from the wider surrounding area. In turn, this may help to rejuvenate the locality and community.
The design of the project is based around sympathetically renovating the existing Grade II listed property, bringing it to a suitable useable standard while celebrating and restoring many of its historical attributes. Alongside this, a new contemporary extension is proposed that will incorporate a large dining space and toilet block. This element takes the form of a series of three articulated pitched roofs, reminiscent of rural and agricultural vernacular forms. These are arranged and articulated with large expanses of glazing that provide a connection with the outdoors and bring forth the impression of a series of interconnected outbuildings around a number of walled courtyard spaces. These will be dressed in a black stained timber cladding with accent materials of sand coloured brick walls.
Within the dining area, the eaves of the roof profile will be left open, exposing the timber structure and creating a vaulted, airy space as a contrast to the intimate atmosphere and bustle of the fine dining experience.
Paul Cashin Architects have been delivering this project in collaboration with Design Engine Architects (www.designengine.co.uk).