Soho Farmhouse architect to construct £7m extension at Foxhills in Surrey


Foxhills in Surrey is to start work on an ambitious new development, as its wider £25m project steps up a notch.

As part of ongoing investment, Foxhills Club and Resort is to construct a £7m new extension, which will be brought to life by Michaelis Boyd, the architects behind Soho Farmhouse.

The Pavilion will open next year and facilities will include a crèche, art studio, soft play and kids den, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a games room, three studios for dance, functional fitness and spinning, changing facilities, and a new restaurant set within a Victorian walled garden.

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Marc Hayton, managing director at the site, said the £25m investment programme needed to ‘make a statement’ with the family market the ‘bedrock of Foxhills’.

He said: “We considered a refurbishment of the existing building, which obviously would have been less expensive. But we really felt we needed to make a statement with the family facilities as the family element has always been the bedrock of Foxhills.”

Hayton, whose family have owned the 400-acre resort since 1983, has already overseen the launch of four new projects over the course of 2019 for an initial outlay of £1m.

The food and beverage offering has been given a major overhaul as The Fox dining room is the refurbished restaurant in the Manor House, while The Woodie is a ‘grab-and-go-style’ food outlet located by the 11 tennis courts on site.

The investment has also seen the opening of the Practice Den, a floodlit short-game facility which adds to the club’s extensive golf practice facilities and the Yoga Cabin.

There are further plans covering the next decade to include new bedrooms, extensions to the spa, restaurant and shop, as well as new staff accommodation, are all in the pipeline.

Hayton said: “It’s a root and branch upgrade of the estate, but we also wanted to make as big a statement as possible. The bottom line is that it’s what our members deserve.

“The £25m is a 10-year commitment, which covers everything from new buildings, upgraded facilities, to computer systems, car parking and the wellbeing of our colleagues.”

Pam and Ian Hayton purchased the club in 1983, with their son Marc taking over as managing director in 2010.

The golf club was established in 1975 and now features two 18-hole courses.

The resort now features 70 bedrooms, two restaurants, 11 tennis courts, three squash courts, four swimming pools, an award-winning health spa, conference and meeting facilities, a youth club and a weekly cycling club.

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