project profile

Frilford’s new £1.5m sustainable building and golfing experience, delivered by MEB Design, is set to serve the golf club well into the future.

Frilford Heath Golf Club

previously tucked around the back together with an inaccessible reception. Relocating these facilities together with the club’s administrative and executive offices to the new building were key drivers. The first floor terrace also provides an

outdoor multi-use space and a first floor, five hole putting green for members to test and boost sales of putters. The resident professionals can also coach technique and members can test new clubs with the option to play at any golf course in the world using the indoor performance centre booths. The project including the specialist shop fit-out was delivered to the client for £1.35m. The site is on the edge of the Green Belt, and

REGARDED as one of the best golf venues in the South of England, Frilford Heath Golf Club offers three championship golf courses set within 500 acres of undulating heath-land with a woodland backdrop. MEB Design was appointed by the club

following successfully winning an architectural design competition to provide their new club shop, reception, performance centre, admin offices and terrace at first floor. MEB Design’s brief was to create a new

information and welcome centre, forward facing shop and reception, with training and golf club testing facilities to improve the members golfing experience. The competition-winning design concept

was based on the form of a golf ‘driver’ in plan and ‘wedge’ in section, and the site geometry is derived from diagrams/modelling of the ‘golf swing’.

natural materials The new golf shop and reception facilities have been relocated from the main club house,


in the Conservation Area, so the tree-like glulam columns supporting the end of the extended terrace, and creating a covered colonnade, all sit comfortably within the landscape. The shape and location of the building is designed to assist with way-finding from the car park to the main club house, with some accessory and clothing shopping on the way. Natural materials were essential for this building given its setting and a cross laminated timber (CLT) superstructure made perfect sense visually and sustainably. CLT was hence considered from the outset

with the added advantage that low air leakage results could be expected with this form of construction, assisting with regulatory compliance and life-cycle energy savings due to minimal heat loss through the building fabric.

reducing energy consumption Low carbon design principles were a key driver in the development of the design philosophy of the environmental services. The strategy was developed in three key stages. The initial stage implemented passive design principles where reductions in energy demand were explored. The second stage implemented active design measures to meet the reduced demand more efficiently and further reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. To conclude this exercise, a feasibility assessment of Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies

was completed to identify the most suitable LZC technology for the development. Passive measures were reviewed to reduce

the building’s heating demand by insulating well with solar gain and daylight through the north facing windows - all reducing the use of artificial lighting during the day. A natural ventilation strategy was developed with dynamic thermal simulation to evaluate the thermal comfort within the occupied spaces. Active measures include low energy LED

lighting throughout with controls and low energy mechanical extract ventilation to serve WCs and kitchen areas. Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) technology is

used to provide low carbon space heating. ASHP heats the water for underfloor heating above the thickened reinforced solid concrete raft foundation assisting with the thermal mass. A future design provision allows for solar PV

on the roof and surface water is carried away to SUDS compliant attenuation crates before soaking away into the soil under the buggy park. Responsible sourcing of materials was a

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