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Rathfinny Winery

Delivery of works that are part of an extensive Masterplan for a new 600 acre vineyard that is due to be the UK’s largest and greenest winery.

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The Vision

Rathfinny is striving to be the UK’s largest and greenest winery, aiming to produce £1 million bottles per annum by 2020. The estate has a robust Masterplan, spanning a total of 600 acres. Phase 1 works were completed between 2012 and 2014 and included the creation of a 16,000 sq ft estate office building, restoration of listed flint barn to use as accommodation for seasonal workers and the development of the winery with bottling and storage facilities.

All of the buildings benefit from a unified architectural approach and embrace practical sustainable principles throughout. Rathfinny will have its inaugural harvest in autumn 2014, with planting to be increased progressively until all fields are planted by 2019.

Our Role

We were appointed in February 2012 to provide full project management services for the delivery of Rathfinny’s new winery facilities. The works are part of the estate’s robust Masterplan, which spans a total of 600 acres.

Our services include coordinating the programmes for the design of production equipment and the winery building; facilitating the briefing on winery issues to inform design development of the building; defining the interfaces between the contractor’s scope of work and that of the winery equipment specialists; and defining the requirements for the site installation of equipment by specialists and their interface on site with the main contractor.

The next phase of works includes the delivery of a wine storage facility to meet production demands, as the ever expanding temporary storage area within the winery building will be full in three years’ time. We are currently working on a feasibility study to determine the most cost-effective strategy for the construction of the storage facility.

Key Information

Rathfinny Estate
600 acres
East Sussex
Project Manager:
Buro Four
Martin Swatton Design
Quantity Surveyor:
Appleyard & Trew
Structural Engineer:
VKHP, EAR Sheppard
M&E Engineer:

Special Mention

Rathfinny sits firmly at the heart of the South Downs and boasts a terroir that is almost identical to that of France’s Champagne region. The region’s climate is also perfectly suited to producing high quality sparkling wines. The first bottles of still wine are due to be produced next year, whilst Rathfinny’s highly anticipated sparkling wines will be on shelves in the next three years.