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Replacement Swiss Tea Rooms at Belper River Gardens

This ideas competition sought design solutions to replace the much-loved Swiss Tea Rooms in Belper. Following the recent refurbishment of the surrounding Grade II Listed Edwardian River Gardens and promenade along the River Derwent, it has left the existing derelict tea rooms in greater need of rejuvenation.

Our proposal echoes the size and form of the existing structure, combining traditional materials in a contemporary way. The building makes special effort to fit in with the setting and special character of the River Gardens, and to complement the surrounding World Heritage Site as a whole.

The building is beautifully and lovingly crafted with an oak frame infilled with herringbone, clay brickwork. The large, hipped roof is clad in traditional clay tiles, with a simple skylight running along the ridge to reveal a latticework oak structure, exposed internally. The building is partially glazed up to the eaves on two sides, providing a welcoming face to visitors and allowing good views out to the park and river.

Belper Tea Rooms
New-build retail pavilion set within historic gardens
for Amber Valley Borough Council
Belper, Derbyshire
Value £400,000
Competition shortlist 2011