Workspace and cafe planned for Home Farm on Aldenham Estate

Lucy Neave

The owners of a country estate want to convert some of their farm buildings into flexible workspace that aims to meet the needs of individuals and small businesses in a post-Covid working world.

The Aldenham Estate has submitted plans to create a new business hub at Home Farm, which it says will become the “go-to destination” for the local business community.

Many of the historic farm buildings at Home Farm have deteriorated and under the plans, the cattle sheds and barn will be rebuilt into new office space.

As well as office accommodation, the Aldenham Estate’s plans also include indoor space for yoga and exercise classes, creative workshops, and space business lunches and meetings.

A deli-style café is planned providing a buzzing, productive environment for team gatherings and informal meetings, fuelled by freshly cooked food and coffee.

The application in Aldenham Road in Elstree will be considered by Hertsmere Borough Council.

Home Farm Hub’s garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith said: “The Home Farm proposals present a fantastic opportunity for people to discover a new type of workspace, within a project that breathes new life into the historic farm buildings and yard, that is intimately interconnected with a variety of gardened spaces to make a close-textured and welcoming environment for working and quiet recreation.

“The proposal to create a new working garden at the heart of the development is particularly exciting and sets the tone for the whole development, the core of which connects out to the surrounding historic Aldenham parkland, creating an astounding environment that can be more widely shared with the local community.”

Architect Tom Croft added: “We are proud to be part of the team here renovating the Home Farm back to its former glory so it can be the place for a more flexible way of working in Hertsmere, still within high specification office buildings, surrounded by all the amenities workers expect but set in idyllic natural surroundings.”

Jessica Allen-Back, Aldenham Estate director, said: “There is also a strong emphasis on providing for a sustainable future, including renovating our historic buildings to meet modern sustainability targets, designing new buildings to meet the highest possible sustainability criteria, and ensuring greater biodiversity on our land.

“The Estate is committed to supporting green belt policy, rejuvenating it to meet the requirements of local people, and providing access to these historic parklands and gardens.”