The Newt Hotel Gymnasium

Hadspen House, a 17th century, Grade-II listed Somerset estate has recently been renovated and remodelled and we're thrilled to have been a part of this hugely ambitious undertaking. One of the aims of the new grounds is to provide as much fresh, local produce as possible for the hotel and restaurant. To that end, huge gardens of fruits, vegetables and herbs have been planted around the estate. The main vegetable garden is overlooked by the gym, which offers beautiful, uninterrupted views through the largest glass panel in Europe - designed and installed by Cantifix. As well as a window, in the right light, the highly reflective glass acts as a mirror, reflecting beautiful vistas back to visitors exploring the fragrant herb and vegetable patches.

project details

  • The front of the glazed box is around 14.8m wide and 3.2m high. This currently is the largest single panel of glass in Europe
  • The glass had to be craned in using a special mobile crane capable of holding the glass in place while it was fixed to the surrounding glazing
  • The massive weight of the glass - nearly 6 tonnes, over half of which is the front panel - is mostly supported on just two steel angles
  • Nine laminated glass angles prevent the glass sagging between the steel supports
  • Glass spacer bars reduce the visible appearance of the framework around the panels which form the bottom of the glass box

rural project overview

Invisible Architects

Castle Cary, Somerset


Jim Stephenson