Essex vineyard on the shortlist for award
A vineyard in Coggleshall has been shortlisted for a design award presented by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
The award will be presented for a building’s efficiency and how it is used. The vineyard was visited recently, even though the work has not been completed, impressing the judges by its environmentally friendly features. These include underfloor heating using recycled cardboard, as well as old bottles of wine being given an extended life through use as light fittings.
Jane and Stephen Mohan bought the vineyard back in 2009, although they had previously considered moving to France. The couple has created a visitor centre at the West Street Vineyard where wine lovers can compare tipples from East Anglia and other regions in the UK. Since purchasing the vineyard, the site has expanded from 800 vines to cover an estate encompassing 5.5 acres. Mrs Mohan said:
“We’re delighted to have been shortlisted as we’re not even open yet. The award is about how a building is used and how efficient it is, not just about how pretty they look. Our building is innovative in what it tries to do. It’s a regional wine centre which is completely unique to England.”
The local area of Braintree will benefit as around 20 people will be employed at the vineyard, serving lunch, afternoon teas and dinner in the evening. Wine tasting events will be held, along with educational courses for wine enthusiasts. The vineyard is expected to open in April and underfloor heating is becoming increasingly popular in a number of buildings – both commercial and residential.