Proposals for a new orangery for the Moorings Hotel at Hett Hills, close to Chester-le-Street, has recently been given planning permission. The Moorings is a growing family run business overlooking the West Durham Hills. Due to rising demand proposals were submitted for a new 120 cover orangery to cater for larger functions and events such as weddings and christenings. New manager’s accommodation and office are also proposed.

The orangery will provide a high quality, modern venue that attracts customers requiring a signature event space. The traditionally light nature of an orangery is treated with a modern interpretation.

Set in open countryside the proposals also needed to be of high quality to justify the setting. A predominantly glazed gable will provide a stunning feature to the venue offering views out over the fields. The rhythm of the elevations are accentuated using repeating layers of materials that match those of the existing buildings but in a contemporary manner. Designed to minimise the use of natural resources and reduce energy demand emphasis is placed on the innovative use of light and space, efficient heating/ventilation design and high performing building envelope as well as overhanging roofs.