- Original design
- F3 Architects, 2018
The 2019 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2020 programme mid August 2020.
The project is arranged over three floors, including basement levels, to provide approximately 3,900m² of internal space.
The site for The Lodge lies within Metropolitan Green Belt and within the Forty Hill Conservation Area.
The accommodation is built on the site of the locally listed Myddelton Farm, and the scheme incorporates sensitive conversion of the original farmhouse, emphasising its key features and heritage, complemented by a new crescent shaped building containing the majority of bedroom suites.
The scheme comprises 45 bedrooms and associated facilities, treatment areas, catering and other services, and provides a flexible yet carefully designed space to enable essential uses, including first team pre-match preparations, pre-season training, academy matches, and accommodation for new or injured players, or guest teams. The basement is dedicated to wellness and recovery, with a fully equipped gym, altitude chamber, massage beds, strapping area, doctor’s surgery and a hydrotherapy spa with both hot and cold pools for recovery. Circadian rhythm strategy was implemented so that general lighting replicates natural daylight by automatically changing from cool to warm temperature light throughout a 24-hour cycle. This signals the body to either wake up more efficiently or prepares for sleep.
The Lodge combines unique architectural detailing with high performance, façade material selection to complement an organic form which has contributed to the local ecology and diverse architectural vernacular. This was achieved with no exposed or external services and the use of wood to give a contemporary feel, sensitive to its environment.
A key feature and a testament to the sensitive nature of the Lodge is the retained cedar atlas tree. The modern link building connecting heritage assets to the main crescent was formed around this tree.
The land to the east of the crescent building has been designed as a natural meadow with a key emphasis on enhancing biodiversity and softening the appearance of the facility.
1. The existing biodiversity on site has been preserved and enhanced by retaining existing vegetation where possible and creating new habitats and introducing new native plant species.
2. Minimise the visual impact of the facility from nearby residences utilising the screening qualities of existing and proposed planting.
3. Encourage wildlife by restricting access to management and maintenance operations.
4. A sensitive, light touch management regime is employed which allows the area to develop naturally whilst maintaining its largely open character.
These aims are achieved via the crescent building and the meadow landscape being designed in unison utilising green roof technology to extend the meadow up onto the roof, offsetting existing habitat lost within the building footprint. This approach also provides an opportunity to create a more varied topography, allowing for the creation of new habitats and greater screening and softening of views from nearby residences.
A part of the Lodge brief and design is the attention to health and well-being. The design team met with a sleep specialist adviser when developing the bedroom brief. As the Lodge is intended for maximum recovery, the bedrooms were designed to maximise sleep and prevent any interruption to REM sleep. This was achieved as follows;
• Circadian rhythm strategy was implemented so that general lighting replicates natural daylight by automatically changing from cool to warm temperature light throughout a 24-hour cycle. This signals the body to either wake up more efficiently or prepares for sleep.
• No direct light elements are visible.
• A red night light was provided to assist in night time trips to the WC without having to turn on a main light.
• A progressive soft and integrated wake-up alarm is used to not distress the end-user.
• The temperature defaults to 22°C and space under the bed was intentionally kept clear to reduce the build-up of condensation throughout the night.
• A specific colour spectrum of light was calculated which promotes healthy sleep.
• Only anti-microbial material has been used to prevent dust and repetitive cleaning resulting in high maintenance and replacement of fabrics.
Providing an open but private space for guests to socialise has been provided both internally and externally. For the Club’s first team, this emphasises an opportunity to bond amongst team mates.