ECE are working with the Wiston Estate to develop an exciting masterplan with detailed proposals for their winery at North Farm, West Sussex.
The Wiston Estate’s vision for North Farm will provide major benefits to the wider local community. ECE’s proposals will remodel and extend the winery to become a visitor attraction with a café, wine tour and direct sales facilities.
The Wiston estate, located within South Downs National Park, has been owned and managed by the Goring family since 1743, and is made up of 6,000 acres. The winery is a growing business which sells to many of the UK’s best restaurants, and now exports to the US, Australia, Norway and Ireland.
Extensions and alterations to the winery buildings provide additional production capacity, taking the annual average from 125k bottles to 250k bottles of wine. The development will address the increasing interest in vineyard and wine tours to provide a wine tasting experience that explores the tradition and processes that create award winning English wine.
The vision for the site, as outlined in the Wiston Whole Estate Plan is for it to be:
“An exemplar rural employment and tourism site, set in a backdrop of vineyards that hosts and showcases skills, innovation, local products, culture and custom.”
Redundant agricultural barns will be sensitively restored to provide suitable space for small businesses, with the aim to strengthen North Farm’s links with the South Downs Way. The five holiday lets will promote tourism, offering overnight accommodation for those using the 100 mile South Downs Way.
The sustainable masterplan will involve re-using demolition materials from the existing building to reduce the amount of new construction materials being used and minimise waste removal on the site.