International architecture firm SANAA, heritage experts Purcell, and engineers ARUP have been appointed to design a restaurant and greenhouse enclosure as part of a re-imagined 17th Century Walled Garden in the grounds of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland on behalf of County Durham-based charity, Auckland Castle Trust.
Bellapart have been selected to finalise the design of, and construct, the main glass enclosure, which will be single glazed envelope and is formed of 13 spheres interlinked with a radius of 3 meters each, supported by stainless steel valley beams and internal columns. The bubbles’ specific geometry will house a selection of plants, as well as a contemporary restaurant, which will have a separate thermal envelope. The second, and smaller, greenhouse is a half of a 3 meters radius sphere.
The project, which is being overseen by professional services company, Turner & Townsend, is supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Headley Trust and is part of Auckland Castle Trust’s £70m pioneering plan to revitalise Bishop Auckland.
For more information please visit http://www.aucklandcastle.org/parks-gardens-restaurant/