Hesmonds Stud was an existing equestrian stud farm. Following change of ownership in 2010 a major redevelopment was planned as the new owner had ambitious plans being quoted as saying "we're going to try to build up one of the best studs in the world". We were contacted by the project manager because of our reputation in the design and construction of equine facilities.
Following discussions with the client and estate manager we designed an overall layout for the entire farm incorporating existing facilities and new buildings to cater for their individual needs including foaling yard, weanling yard, yearlings yard, horses out of training yard, isolation unit, horse walkers, show area, all weather paddocks, lunging ring, loading ramps, haybarns, etc.
This existing yard consisted of a stable barn, timber prefab stables, horse walker and some old brick stables. This yard was going to be used for yearlings and we advised that none of the existing building were suitable for the standard of horses to be kept in this yard. We designed a new American Barn consisting of 25 stables, wash bay, feed room, tack room, canteen, stores and W.C. We also constructed a hay barn, loading ramp, horse walker, lunging ring, new yard, new concrete access road and all associated site works. The addition of a rain water harvesting tank allowed the washing of horses and wash down of stables and yards to be done in a more eco fashion. We converted part of the old brick stables, adding an extension and creating staff accommodation.
The brief for each yard is different and should be designed to cater for the individual needs for the type of horse using it, This yard was going to be for horses out of training. The existing barn had no drainage or ventilation and head clearance was too low, we decided to completely demolish the existing stable barn and decided on a court yard design, giving the horses solitude when required and also the chance to see other horses around them. Also with the close proximity to the village houses these were built in brick with clay roof tiles, we also incorporated an all weather to the rear of the stables to act as a buffer between the stables and the houses. The yard consisted of 12 number boxes, feed room, tack room, wash bay, w.c. and two storey three bed house for staff. We built a new entrance to the yard, new concrete roadway, treatment plant, holding tank, teaser bay, horse walker, loading ramp and all associated site works.
Top Barn and Annandale Yard
Similar to Tourles Yard, this site had an existing American barn without any drainage or ventiltion and with existing timber stables internally. We decided to demolish the barn, remove the concrete yard and start from scratch. We built an american barn with similar facilities to Tourles Barn but because this site was for weanings we used fully meshed doors and each stable was constructed as companion boxes, helping them settle after separtion from the mare. We also did an all weather paddock, horse walker, new yard and all associated site works.
Another existing yard with many old brick buildings, stables, offices, haybarns and machinery sheds. We looked at the long term use for this area and decided to use many of the existing structures, and refurbishing them internally. The stables were gutted of their existing timber pannelling and feed and water troughs and sand blasted.
Seven of the stables we going to be used as the main foaling boxes, we replasterd these bulding new cast in feed and water pots, new doors, vented windows, velux windows, heat lamps, CCTV, rubber matting to floors and walls. The other three stables in this courtyard were knock in one large vets room complete with custom designed and built stocks. this yard was fenced and gated with rubber paved walkway to nursery paddocks. We also refurbished another 18 stables, machinery shed and haybarn, converted existing offices into a three bed house, lifted existing concrete yards relpacing with tarmac, planting areas, lawns, paved pathways, tar and chip, new drainage and services.