Set in grounds of nine acres, Thirtover Place is the Residential and Activity Centre for Girlguiding Royal Berkshire. Purchased in 1990 and opened in 1991, its purpose is to provide a safe and challenging environment for girls and young women to develop their potential and make a difference to their communities. For more than 25 years it has provided an excellent location for pack holidays, camps, activities and other meetings.
A Strategic Review Committee set up to review the long-term development of Thirtover Place concluded that existing provision was inadequate. It was recognised that adaptability was key, and we were appointed to develop a master plan and concept designs for facilities which could be deployed flexibly, offering traditional camping but also modern residential accommodation of a high standard.
With environmentally friendly credentials and inclusivity of high importance, we were appointed to develop designs to meet a brief including the following; two independent residential facilities providing accommodation, dining and activity facilities for 30 and 16 visitors respectively, an archive facility to include storage and display areas as well as space for meetings and training purposes, a large multi-purpose meeting room, hard shelters and modern shower and toilet facilities for up to 156 campers, workshops, storage space and outdoor activity areas.