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We raise a glass and toast a worthy winner.

A new build winery, the Hundred Hills Vineyard, based in the Stonor Valley near Henley-on-Thames is the overall winner in the 2017 Chilterns Building Design Awards. It was chosen from a shortlist of eight properties because it was felt that the build significantly enhances the site and locality, completely harmonises with its setting, uses high quality local materials, displays great attention to detail and above all relates to the special character of the Chilterns.

It was designed by Nichols Brown Webber of Henley and Kingerlee of Kidlington were the builders who contracted Team GA to undertake both extensive mechanical and electrical works.

On the mechanical front, our engineers installed hot and cold water services, the ventilation system, the Barrel Room cooling system that guarantees a constant temperature of 14°C 24/7, the above ground drainage, a BMS energy monitoring system and several irrigation watering points.

Our electrical team installed the mains distribution, all the internal and external lighting, the emergency lighting, small power provision, plus the fire alarm and data systems.

We also worked with three incumbent suppliers on providing CCTV, security, access controls, a surge suppression system, earthing and bonding along with an extensive AV package.

GA would like to congratulate all those involved, evidently a winning combination, and of course we wish the owners every success in their new wine making venture. We’re looking forward to sampling their wines, which in time we trust will also become award winners.

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