Large office refurbishment

Shepton Mallet, Somerset

The Royal Bath & West of England Society has transformed the Society’s former offices on the Showground into a forward-looking Agri-Tech & Food Innovation Centre. This innovative project is a continuation of the Society’s core values and the importance placed on the improvement and encouragement of Agriculture, Manufacture, Commerce and the Arts.

O2i Design Ltd was commissioned to produce a design scheme, gain planning permission and the statutory building regulations required for the extensive refurbishment of the building.  The new scheme incorporates conference & seminar facilities; commercial test kitchen for start-up food businesses; meeting facilities for one-to-one business advice and commercial office space for agricultural, food or rural-focussed companies. Innovation is at the heart of this project and the new centre will provide support to the growing community of agricultural, technology and food and drink businesses across the region. The new Rural Enterprise Centre opened in 2018 and now provides the site with a conference and seminar area for up to 80 people, a modern commercial test kitchen, several meeting rooms and commercial office space for Agri-food or rurally focused businesses. The Centre is a valuable facility in supporting the development of agricultural businesses, land-based skills training and micro food and drink companies. For more information, please take a look at the centre’s website.