Casa Forma was appointed to redevelop the prestigious Berkshire Billingbear Park complex included renovating and designing the polo players’ accommodation, stables for fifty horses and converting an old Elizabethan house into the Club Manor.
The project, from the beginning was very exciting and challenging since Casa Forma had to refurbish the whole complex including polo players’ accommodation, stables for 50 horses, the old Elizabethan house to be converted into the club house which would be integrated to a new building to accommodate the administration department. The design reflects the client’s lifestyle and the philosophy of Polo as a sport.
The scheme is masculine but stylish and rich. The new building is linked to the existing and follows the exciting style but with a contemporary twist. Wall panelling, slate floor with oak planks and brass trims, and a central fireplace clad with copper slate add to the desired feeling. The bar area has wall panelling upholstered with alligator embossed chocolate brown leather.
The selection of Ralph Lauren furniture enhances the masculine look. The American proportion of furniture fills the rooms perfectly. The selection of tartans, velvets and distressed leathers are used to upholster the armchairs and sofas. Slate flooring and solid oak planks link the cinema room and dining room and typify the consistent use of natural and reclaimed materials – natural stone, red brick and wood – extending throughout the clubhouse. Gables made from solid oak with a waxed finish and were hand–distressed to add character to the design concept. Throughout the new building was partially clad with bespoke oak panelling to warm the rooms and add interest to the walls.