Coda Music Center in Walkford submits application to expand site

A Walkford music charity has unveiled plans to expand its grounds with the conversion of a disused stable block, barn and cow shed into an exhibition space, studio and a cafe.

Coda, located in Chewton Farm Road, also wants to create a new reception area and overhaul its parking area and driveway.

As reported in A&T earlier this year, the charity received a £340,000 grant from Arts Council England, which it announced will go towards transforming the farm buildings on the site into an “inspirational” facility.

KODA seeks to convert a disused stable block, barn and cow shed into an exhibition space, studio and cafe
KODA seeks to convert a disused stable block, barn and cow shed into an exhibition space, studio and cafe

It is the only music center of its kind locally, providing high quality programs, teaching, workshops and creative therapy to the most vulnerable in society.

In its application to the BCP Council, Koda stated that the main driving force behind its plans was the desire to increase the overall reach of the site.

“Currently, due to the nature of the building, there are level differences, uneven surfaces, unclear access points and other common issues that come with the conversion of an agricultural building over time,” it said.

“The proposed new spaces to the north of the site will be designed to be as inclusive as possible.

“That means using floors that are easy to traverse both interior and exterior, using signage and lighting in a way that makes spaces easy to navigate, and using materials in both construction and landscaping. Which engages the senses and enhances the user experience.

The plan proposes an electric vehicle charging point and a beryl bike bay in the car park
The plan proposes an electric vehicle charging point and a beryl bike bay in the car park

“Coda’s ethos is one of much innovation and inclusion and we want to create a sustainable environment not only for its users but for the wider environment.”

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With this in mind, KODA wants to include renewable energy as part of the plan, including air source heat pumps and photo voltaic cells.

The plan also proposes car parks and electric vehicle charging points in the Beryl bike bay, and new spaces will be designed to utilize natural light in an effort to reduce reliance on artificial light.

Koda is also focusing on biodiversity, with plans for bat roast and swallows as well as soft landscaping facilities.

Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council has insisted on making the access drive tarmac instead of the proposed compact gravel to block noise from traffic at the site.



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