Odey Plans Temple Of Poultry

Sep 28 2012 | 11:49am ET

Nothing, apparently, is too good for Crispin Odey's chickens.

The billionaire founder of Odey Asset Management is building a £130,000 (US$210,000) chicken coop at his country estate in Gloucestershire. The coop will be about the size of a modest London apartment at 775 square feet—30% larger than originally planned—but will be rather more grand than a one bedroom in Bethnal Green.

No wood-and-chicken-wire edifice for Odey's fowl: The coop is designed to look like a Palladian temple, with a zinc roof topped by a Greek-style acroterion, pediment, frieze, cornice, columns, pilasters and plinth. The pediment, cornice and frieze will be made of English oak; the columns, pilasters and rusticated plinth of sandstone from the Forest of Dean, where Odey's Eastbach Court is located, about 125 miles from London.

"Whilst it could be considered that the design and materials are rather grandiose for its purpose of a chicken house, it is nevertheless judged that the building is still modest in size… and is in-keeping with the character and appearance of the listed building and other curtilege-listed outbuildings," the planning proposal says.

Odey's modern-day folly—albeit one with a practical use—will sit on a hillside about the hedge fund honcho's mansion, and will share that house's Hague Blue color scheme for its doors.


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