Oliver Architecture were appointed as architect to design the construction of a new toilet block and the refurbishment of the existing toilet block, together with the construction of a greenhouse at Baddesley Clinton.
In 2018 Baddesley Clinton undertook Experience Design analysis to assess the infrastructure required to support the visitor experience and ease pressure on the historic core of the property. The provision of an adequate number and quality of toilets was identified as a current weakness, and a priority for future investment. As such, the National Trust began planning the refurbishment and extension of the toilet block in 2019, but funding, planning issues, and the pandemic, meant that it was delayed.
Phase 1 of the project began in 2021 and involved building a new gardeners' greenhouse on a new site at Baddesley, making way for the new toilet block extension. The greenhouse was completed in 2022.
The existing toilet facilities were in need of refurbishment, no longer meeting visitor requirements, especially during busy periods. A location behind the existing toilet block was chosen for the construction of the new building, directly behind the existing block.
The updated facilities include six additional toilets, together with baby-changing facilities and a separate accessible toilet. The new building also allows for increased flexibility; by incorporating a sliding linking door between the original toilets and the new building, there is the option of inceasing capacity during busy periods, or closing off the space during quieter times.