The new centrepiece, to be sited on the valley floor near the resort’s private beach, is key to Espalier’s vision for the regeneration of the holiday village. It will offer resort residents and members a gym, spa treatment rooms, indoor swimming pool and a high quality cafe/bar, looking out to new, landscaped gardens and the resort’s private beach beyond.
Following lengthy consultation with residents and the Cornwall Council, Espalier has specified design adjustments to reduce the impact of the original concept, presented to residents and the public earlier in the year. Architects BFLS, staffed by some of the team that created London’s iconic ‘Gherkin’ landmark office building, have created a flowing form that takes its shape from the surrounding landscape, with minimal disruption to views from neighbouring houses. The project team includes Arup, the engineers that developed the Olympic velodrome and LDA, the landscape architects that masterplanned the Olympic Park.
The application follows the developer’s recent detailed application for a waterfront collection of 14 holiday homes and a permanent hilltop residence high above the private beach, and will be followed in the next few weeks by a further detailed application for the development of 12 contemporary holiday homes on the eastern valley hillside. All three applications follow approval of a development brief and outline consent granted by the council, and represent the first phases of what is set to become a £50 million regeneration initiative
Rick Gibbs, director of The Millendreath Project, said, “The new building will offer facilities typical of high quality leisure spas with a focus on health and wellbeing, alongside a cafe/bar with excellent cuisine that we believe will become the social heart of the Millendreath holiday community.
“We have focused on creating a sustainable addition to the valley environment, incorporating energy saving technologies and a grass roof that rises seamlessly from the valley floor. This will minimise the building’s visual impact on our immediate neighbours, who have helped to shape the final specification we gave to our architects.
“The new spa is designed to provide a wonderful holiday experience for the Millendreath resort community, while welcoming residents from the neighbourhood via membership. The cafe/bar will be open to all visitors to the valley who enjoy great cooking and beautiful views out to sea.’
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