We travelled down to Dorset on 21st October for a visit to Hardy's Visitor Centre that White Design designed and completed earlier this year.
Despite the wet and rainy conditions we all had a really enjoyable day!
We arrived to coffee and biscuits and had some time to have a catch up as an office, and shared some interesting facts and information that we had learnt over the last year.
Karl and Carly, the lead architects on the projects told us a bit about the building, It was really interesting for us all to be able to have a walk around and see the completed design.
Claire, one of the rangers for the Hardy's birthplace site gave us an excellent guided tour of the woodlands which was really informative and enjoyed by all.
We also visited Hardy's Cottage, the National Trust's site where Thomas Hardy the author was born in 1840. It was great to be able to see the natural and cultural heritage of the local area which Hardy wrote so much about in his novels. (Hardy aslo trained as an architect but his real love was for writing!)
We were lucky enough to catch some violin playing by a talented visitor and poetry by one of the volunteers of the National Trust while sat by a log fire, in the lounge where Hardy used to write!
We had a delicious lunch from the Visitor Centre Cafe and a group discussion (theme of the future as 21/10/2015 is back to the future day!) on where the Practice would be in 30 years, and what things could and would change the shape of how we work as a company.
We all had a really interesting, informative and enjoyable day.
Thanks to all at Hardy's Visitor Centre and Cottage, we hope to come back and see you again on another (sunnier!) day.