“My initial idea was that I wanted an arena and stables, for my own use, but also to invest in the property and of course increase its long-term value, should I decide to sell…what I’ve ended up with far exceeds my initial vision!”
David and the Equine Construction team began working with Hilary, from Brook Farm in Essex, in 2017 after planning permission for an indoor arena complex had been granted. With limited acreage available, for equine purposes, the farm had to work for both personal, commercial and investment reasons. This was something that David could understand and appreciate on all aspects.
“They [Equine Construction] were recommended to me by two sources, however I always like to make my own mind up. It was great to speak to someone who understands horses and our discipline. For example, another company asked, ‘does it matter is the arena is not quite 60x x 20m…’ I think that sums it up really.”
The personal touch
As with all our projects, it started with a conversation, followed by a site visit. David takes the time to personally visit all potential clients as part of the quoting process. David ensures he fully understands their needs, the proposed site and is therefore able to help mould the project. In other words, he ensures we’re able to achieve the ‘equestrian dream’. The personal touch is very important to Equine Construction, in both the ongoing working relationship between us and our clients but also so that we can achieve the very highest quality of finish to each project.
“David was very prompt to come and visit (something no other company did) and chatting to him it was obvious he knew his job and fully understands equine requirements.”
Knowledge & passion
David’s equestrian knowledge and passion are at the very heart of Equine Construction. They shine through in all the projects we undertake. Understanding the needs of owners, riders and most importantly the horses is key to designing and building the very best equestrian facilities.
“David and his team were excellent, from start to finish. I was kept informed every step of the way. David had solutions for all challenges and some great ideas.”
The Brook Farm project now comprises:
• A custom built stable yard incorporating 10 large stables. Each with beautiful Victorian style sweeping fronts in between brick piers. Separate tack room and wash facilities complete the stable complex.
• The composite roof has been left open on the inside highlighting the elegance of the timber work that has all been hand cut with clay tiles above.
• The stables are arranged in a courtyard effect with direct access to the indoor arena, creating a light and social space.
• 60m x 20m indoor riding arena constructed with a composite roof. This helps to retain heat in the winter months, while keeping the arena cool in the summer. The flatter profile and white underside helps to reflect light back down into the arena.
• Sloping grey kickboards are mounted on a concrete plinth to help prevent any damage being caused when harrowing the surface.
• A state of the art sound system, along with the latest specification LED lighting has been installed to help create a super environment for training and schooling horses.
• An indoor cattery runs along the length of the indoor arena, divided with offices, preparation/day room and 35 individual cat units with underfloor heating.