SNOWSHILL MANOR - LIVE PROJECT    

We are currently working on a very exciting commercial project for the National Trust: a total refurb of a large, purpose-built loo block at Snowshill Manor in Gloucestershire.

At the centre of the brief is the eccentric character of Charles Paget Wade, an Arts and Crafts scenester who bequeathed the house to the Trust in 1951, and who filled it with an extraordinary collection of artefacts and curiosities. Our task is to inject some of Wade's personality into what is currently a tired and functional-looking space, so that visitors have a hint of what's to come when they reach the manor. To do this, we've designed bespoke built-in display niches above all toilets and urinals, each showcasing artefacts that reflect various aspects of Wade's character, as well as his obsession with the Object On View. We have also designed three bespoke, plumbed vanity units (one incorporating a baby change), bespoke toilet stalls with reclaimed doors and large Wade-focused displays in the lobby and disabled loo.

Antique sourcing and bespoke making are a huge part of the job, but so is a sharp focus on clean technology, water conservation and waste reduction to comply with the National Trust's environmental ambition, as well as all of the relevant building regulations.

The loos will 'go live' when the house reopens to the public on 13 March. Watch this space...!

These are a few recce shots of our first visit to Snowshill for inspiration.....

These are some initial design thoughts.....

Here are some procured items we've found for the project so far...