The Bat House, Walk Barn Farm

Charles Barclay Architects, Westleton, Suffolk, 2011

 

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Timber-framed outhouse built to provide 'bat attic' as new habitat for colony of long-eared bats and to provide a garage, summer house/games room and store for new weekend house currently under construction

The Bat House is a timber-framed outhouse, the first phase of a new weekend house near the Suffolk coast. To comply with the bat conservation license attached to the planning consent, the new bat habitat had to be standing for one breeding season before the old farm cottage, home to a colony of sixty long-eared bats, could be demolished.

Long-eared bats require a large internal volume for their summer/breeding habitat to allow ‘social flying’ before they venture out hunting for food; this determined the plan dimensions and 3m height to the apex of the attic space.

The ground floor of the building is ancillary space for the new house: a garage for the client’s tractor, a glazed summer house/games room and a log store.

The building is on axis with an avenue of oak trees and overlooks the farm pond. Black-painted timber cladding and black Marley fibre-cement roof sheeting absorb solar warmth, to the benefit of the bats in the attic.

Data

  • Begun: Feb 2011
  • Completed: Mar 2011
  • Floor area: 90m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £50,200
  • Procurement: Exchange of letters
  • Address: Walk Barn Farm, Westleton, Suffolk, IP17 3BZ, United Kingdom

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