Island Pavilion, Wormsley Estate

Stylish dining in a spectacular setting

The Project

As the name suggests, the Island Pavilion is located on an island within the magnificent Wormsley Estate. The jewel-like building, clad with glass and metal, sits serenely in the historic landscape.  The private dining facilities within are used during the summer opera season for Garsington Opera who have a magnificent performance pavilion on the Wormsley Estate. To the design of architects Robin Snell and Partners, the attention to detail in all aspects of design and construction makes this building a modern addition to the estate. The Pavilion is designed to fit seamlessly with the topography of the island and take maximum advantage of the panoramic views across the lake.

The Approach

Oculus were pleased to have assisted the Design and Construction teams in providing the building control services for this building in the most unusual of settings.  The level of intervention into the parkland was limited by the sensitivities of the historic setting.  Access for people with limited mobility to the Island Pavilion was challenging and from the car parking area a golf-type buggy is made readily available by the estate. The topography of the island is such that step access to the building could not be avoided. To accommodate the changing level a portable ramp is provided to give access into the Pavilion.

With an island location the building has limited fire load and good means of escape as part of the fire strategy.

The Island Pavilion has been awarded an RIBA Regional Award and a Structural Steel Design Award in 2015.

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