Working closely with the National Trust and 1 South West Cycling, White Design have been appointed to design a new cafe and cycle hub at Plymbridge Woods on the outskirts of Plymouth.
The building will complement and serve the proposed cycle trails that are currently being considered by Plymouth City Council planning authority.
Local and natural materials will be used throughout the scheme. On the elevations this will be evident in the use of timber cladding (larch sourced from the neighbouring Cann Woods) and stone (locally sourced slate from the nearby quarries). This will help to embed the design into its natural and historical context. The stone will be to the southeast elevation and visitors will pass through this solid and robust structure in order to enter the lighter more tactile timber clad building.
Due to the elevated nature of the train track and cycle trail, the roof becomes a fifth ‘elevation’. As a result it will be a bio-diverse green roof, using native woodland and meadow plants to help it blend in with its surroundings. Timber clad rooflights penetrate the roof-line, bringing natural light deep into the building.
The building and cycle trails are currently undergoing extensive consultation with local stakeholders.