Which hedgie has spent over £100k on a chicken coop?

25 Sep 2012 | 15:34
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Crispin Odey has received planning permission for a £100,000 luxury chicken coop which will sit in the grounds of his country pile in rural Gloucestershire.

According to documents filed with the Forest of Dean District Council's planning department, the founder of Odey Asset Management is building a super high spec coop for his poultry, which will use only the highest quality locally sourced materials.

The spoilt fowl will get to live in a structure with columns, steps, wall, pilasters and paving constructed of grey Forest of Dean stone, as well as a rusticated stone plinth course. The stone alone is estimated to cost upwards of £100,000.

Its roof will be made of grey zinc, while the windows and cornice will be constructed of self-finished English oak. The door will be painted Hague blue to match the colour scheme in use on the rest of Odey's Eastbach Court estate, and an Athemia, a motif found in Greek art, will perch on the ridge of the coop.

Revised documents filed by Odey's estate revealed the plans for the coop had been scaled up to make it 30% larger at 72 metres square, after Odey said a plywood mock-up of the previously approved chicken house "had the appearance of a child's Wendy house". The new scale would make the coop look more like "a small temple in the trees".

There was also a change made to the materials to be used. Iain Exley of Christopher Smallwood, the architect firm in charge of designing the chicken house, said in an email to a planning officer: "After much deliberation we decided that while oak would look lovely when it silvers, it would reduce the lifespan of the building by a few centuries, and when one has gone to all that effort of carving beautiful Forest of Dean ashlars, it seems a shame to possibly compromise the building's future."

 

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Topics: Crispin odeyOdey asset management

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