ARCHERFIELD WALLED GARDEN
BREWERY AND RURAL CENTRE, E. Lothian
Set within the Archerfield Estate, just off the A198 between Gullane and Dirleton, the Walled
Garden is a category B listed, Georgian building set in a conservation area. Archerfield Estates Ltd - a trust for the beneficiaries of the Hamilton family - were interested in restoring the run-down and disused garden via an economically viable business venture. The brief was a multi-functional blend of internal activities that required an involved degree of coordination as lead consultant, working with biomass boilers and brewery equipment. A good understanding of contracts was also required for fulfilling the role as contract administrator, as the main works were tendered traditionally with the mechanical and electrical works being design and build.
At it's heart, the walled garden is a rural centre which offers a place to stop and eat. It also contains a deli and shop as well as a micro-brewery that is home to Robert Knopps and his collection of award-winning beers. A large part of the project involved reinstating the garden and selling it's produce in the shop as well as using it in the restaurant and the forming of a natural well in the centre of the garden, installed to provide water to the plants and vegetables. Heat and hot water were supplied in part via a biomass boiler which ran off compressed woodchips - a by-product from the estate.. The building itself is relatively simple in form as a portal steel frame, much the same as many agricultural sheds.