Woodhouse Community Farm

Description of the Contract Located in South Stafordshire on the outskirts of Lichfeld, Woodhouse Farm is a 22 acre small holding with a rich history dating back 300 years when originally landscaped by Capability Brown.  The site comprises a Grade 2 listed Farm House and walled garden together with outbuildings and grazing land. The Rural Studies Centre was developed for Woodhouse community Farm in support of a Capital Grant from the BIG Local Food Lottery Programme. The key aim of the development being to provide community involvement through education and training in the promotion of fresh local food.  The proposals include:

• A new fully accessible Rural Studies centre comprising a multi-purpose classroom, a teaching kitchen, food stores and oficce space

• Accessible drop of area adjacent to entrance

• Separate outbuilding to accommodate associated ancillary spaces including WC’s, changing facilities, stores and plant

• Landscaping including a new ‘external classroom’ with interactive green wall, A key part of the design was that the building should also teach and be part of the learning experience. Materials and energy both demonstrating the merits of sustainable and alternative technologies. External walls are proposed to be constructed from straw bales, which is a good insulator. Rammed earth walls form the internal walls of the classroom, with the earth being taken locally from the site. Energy will be provided by ground source heat pumps located in an adjoining field on two separate loops enabling one to be switched of over the summer months when there is no heating requirement. Coupled with the heat pumps, PV panels are included on the roof, with the aim of at least 20% of the energy requirements being met by renewable means.


Woodhouse Farm Rural Studies Centre

Contract Value


Start on site

May 2011

Completion date

Jan 2012