Indoor Arena, Cotswolds
After a beautiful transformation of the American Barn it rather showed up the old, tired looking, indoor arena that had a fibre cement roof with a leaking ridge. One side of the arena was open and the other had old perspex sheets with old sodium lights.
The challenge was to create an arena that was somewhere you would be excited to go and ride in; light and cool during the summer months but retained some warmth during the winter.
The roof was stripped back to the original steels and a new 40mm insulated composite roof, with plenty of clear insulated panels, installed with a clear ridge running centrally down the arena.
The perspex panels along with the open side were filled in with purpose made windows that were sliding on the long side that had the walkway but electronically operated on the opposite elevation that allowed for a refreshing breeze to flow through the arena.
A viewing gallery occupied one end with windows that were viewable one way to avoid distraction to the horses and the opposite gable end, along with the steel stanchions, clad in local ethically sourced timber to give the building a slightly softer feel.
The existing surface was taken up to be reused for the new lunging arena and tracks around the estate and a new waxed surface laid to compliment the riding experience in this now very beautiful facility.