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Peacehaven Gateway Cafe

Shortlisted for the Leisure Category – design by Kaner Olette Architects

26 Jun 2015

Peacehaven Gateway Cafe

Design: Kaner Olette Architects

Location: Peacehaven BN10 8RJ, UK

Gateway Cafe Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

Kaner Olette, the RIBA chartered Architects behind the Gateway Interpretation Cafe at the Big Park, have been shortlisted for the AJ Retrofit awards 2015.

Peacehaven Gateway Cafe

The award was created by The Architects’ Journal to recognise and reward “achievements in design, engineering and construction”. Kaner Olette Architects have been shortlisted for the leisure category for their design to convert a former parks workshop into a cafe and archaeological interpretation centre. This award seeks to reward the “ best work and the brightest thinking” and previous winners have included the Ditchling Museum of Arts and Crafts and Brighton University.

Peacehaven Gateway Cafe

The Gateway Cafe building was originally built in 1979 to house a council maintenance depot. Features included an asbestos roof, brick walls and unattractive security fencing. On a modest budget the project was a challenge but Architect Mike Kaner is a keen advocate of retrofitting within Architecture and explains that “The benefits of re-using the existing structure reduces the requirement for demolitions, taking material to landfill as well as the cost and carbon footprint of new materials.Coupled to this the capital costs are kept down. We also like the idea of working within the constraints of re-using buildings and the transformation that can be achieved.” By re using the original footprint of the building disturbance of the important site archaeology was also avoided. The transformation is incredible. The roof was replaced with recyclable zinc and the exterior walls insulated and clad with sweet chestnut which suits the coastal environment.

Peacehaven Gateway Cafe

Kaner Olette believe that “ people’s lives can be enhanced through inspirational design and a close relationship with the environment.” With this in mind, the Gateway Interpretation Cafe not only contains carbon reducing features (a wood pellet stove produces hot water and heating and solar panels on the roof produce hot water and electricity) it is also aesthetically pleasing with its framed view of the South Downs National Park and ‘contemporary vernacular’. It really is a great asset, not only to the Big Park but for the local community as a whole.

Peacehaven Gateway Cafe