Broughton Hall, altered in the nineteenth century to its present imposing form, is built out of local stone and set amidst 3000 acres of parkland. The surrounding listed and redundant out-buildings were progressively converted to provide office accommodation for up to 40 businesses who employ more than 500 staff.
There was a need for a communal building on the site to act as a focus, which could provide a large common room, spaces for meetings and presentations, and an area for lunch and evening events, with associated catering and service spaces.
An ideal site was identified at the top of the former walled kitchen garden, which had fallen into disuse. It has a commanding view over the remodelled garden to the surrounding countryside.
The single-storey pavilion sits confidently on its timber plinth, and is a contemporary yet natural building. Entrance to the pavilion is across an open veranda, which surrounds it. The central common room has frameless glass, front and back, and is flanked, symmetrically, by timber clad 'book ends'. These house the smaller rooms, whose structure incorporates the laminated timber columns that support the roof - a clear span steel truss with a central roof light. Overhanging eaves shade the windows and protect the veranda, with its outside seating area and graded steps leading to the garden.