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The Orchard History

The Orchard was opened on 4th July 2002 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.BVA moved in on 13th September 2002 and the residents followed on 22nd October 2002.The building was designed by the Haddow Partnership headed by Robin Haddow

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council commissioned the practice to carry out the Borough’s prestigious millennium project. The practice won the commission on the basis of the design concept.

This is a Landmark building designed to cater for all community care groups and voluntary services and has become a point of healing and care for the community. The building is sited on the edge of Memorial Park near to the Council’s own offices.

The architects worked in partnership with the voluntary services and the council to create this building where groups can work together under an environment of sharing and developing facilities together. It is an environmentally friendly building low in energy consumption and fully accessible for disabled people.

The council also set aside a budget to allow for their policy of “Percentage for Art” and this was spent by including especially designed coloured glass windows into the atrium. A feeling of openness has been achieved by keeping fire enclosure screens to a minimum made possible by the use of Fire Engineering within the building.


Design Awards 2002 – Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council: Best New Building in a Conservation Area.


On Thursday 13th September 2012 The Orchard celebrated its 10th Anniversary with an open day showcasing all the local Charities and Voluntary Organisations that reside in the building. Read more here.


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