Case Study - SkySpace, Knowle Manor
Knowle Manor uses a SkySpace structure to create a beautiful conservatory space used for various functions such as weddings.
As a listed manor house, the new conservatory had to be an approved bespoke design that matched the original extension, while complementing the aesthetics of the manor. As a result, specific features such as the stone window surrounds and wooden windows also had to be accommodated for and incorporated into the design.
The Spooner Brothers were contracted to design and build the extension, measuring 16m by 10m, while adhering to the original design of the previous extension and manor itself. The SkySpace portal frame was best suited for this job as the team at Aperture Group could offer experienced portal frame design and manufacturing for large, unique designs, as well as the ability to bring together traditional aesthetics with state-of-the-art engineering and thermal capabilities.
The portal frame system is usually used with a K2 aluminium conservatory roof on projects sized from 30 to 2,000 m2, or projects which need an unsupported clear span of up to 35m. Special properties of K2 include thermal performance as well as the ability to easily cope with high humidity levels which allows the venue to accommodate any function or capacity with peace of mind - making it perfect for an all-year round wedding venue.
Bespoke constructions are always pre-assembled on the factory floor to check precision of manufacture prior to dispatch to ensure quick and accurate installation, which minimised disruption to the venue.
Overall, the conservatory opens the stunning views of surrounding Exmoor National Park and the River Avill to the venue creating a unique location and hospitality space for hosting events.