Greens Cafe, Padstow

Parkes Lees Architects are delighted to announce that the new proposal for Greens Cafe has been submitted for planning.

Greens Cafe receives in excess of 70,000 visitors per year, and there can be over 200 people on site in August at any one time. There are currently no customer toilets on site and the site access for visitors is poor. PLA’s brief was to design a cafe that enhanced the visitor experience to the site, and provide better facilities for staff; both in terms of food preparation and staff welfare.

The clients organised an RIBA competition to appoint an architect. Four local practices were invited to submit their design for the site and Parkes Lees Architects were appointed. Key considerations were the visual impact of the new proposal when viewed against the wider historical townscape, the blanket tree preservation order on the site and the requirement to retain the green backdrop to the harbour and the impact of any new development on the Padstow Conservation Area.

The new proposal has a footprint slightly larger than the existing, and is situated slightly further west on the site than the current building. The additional space created to the east allows less cramped external seating with more tables benefiting from the fantastic views this site enjoys. The 18 crazy golf holes will be relaid and there is an elevated walkway proposed. This walkway will take visitors to the putting green at the top of the site, over the crazy golf course and through the trees, allowing visitors to appreciate the view of the estuary.

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