Set within 55 acres of nature this 140-bedroom hotel with a growing farm, an interactive bakery, two restaurants, three bars, 20 event spaces, a co-working space, fitness studios, a lido, pottery workshop, screenings, music and art rooms, Birch is our largest size project to date. Our vision was to challenge wastefulness and uniformity. Inspired by the resourcefulness of the past, where old estates used to manage their resources and land holistically, Birch spaces aim to work with their environments as much as possible, from estate-made produce to nature-led restaurants. We set out to reuse and repair the existing site’s materials, stripping back clutter and unnecessary furniture to create more thoughtful spaces. We worked closely with incredible crafts people like ceramicist Emma Louise Payne, sustainable material designer Charlotte Kidger, and carpenter Jan Hendzel to design bespoke pieces that underpin the project’s ethos. Photography by Adam Firman.