Car Showroom, Basingstoke

New purpose-built showroom and offices in the countryside replacing a previous building.

The Little Chef on the A33 just north of Basingstoke was burned down several years ago and so became a development site. The client approached the architects after having received a refusal on a previous application on the basis of poor design proposals. Working with Planning Consultants Bell Cornwell, a complete redesign of the car showroom to address all the objections raised by the inspector was achieved. After taking it again to appeal the proposals were granted permission.

The design is based on a simple shape, which you might expect to see in the countryside and is reminiscent of some of the older stables blocks. The whole image is played down and not at all commercial, so that it does not have an adverse affect on the adjoining countryside.

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