Part of Ruskin Mill College, Gables Farm is a working farm, market garden and woodland offering practical education for adults with special educational needs.

Set on the woodland edge, this building provides a training kitchen for students to learn cookery using produce grown on site, to serve to students and staff working on the farm and woodlands. The kitchen facility has been purpose built for this teaching activity with a large central preparation area.  A wood stove, fuelled using timber harvested from the adjacent woodland, sits at the centre of a spiral plan arrangement with the service area running off this. The refectory offers a versatile dining space for up to 80 covers when required for events, and a moveable acoustic wall allows part of this space to be separated off as a small classroom at other times.

The building’s nautilus form arises from the client’s desire to embody the spirit of self-exploration, discovery and transformation in its structure. The timber-frame construction uses native grown timber; the roof uses earth excavated from the site and is planted with flowers found on site using locally sourced seed.

The project has been funded through a range of charitable organisations, funding bodies and private individuals, and we have worked closely with both clients and contractors to ensure that all stakeholder aspirations have been met with a high quality building delivered within strict budget constraints.