Office outing to visit a recently finished project. Great to see all our designs built, here are some of our favourite details.
This Tin Chapel on Bawdsey Manor Estate was constructed in the late nineteenth century by Cuthbert Quilter for the workers on his 3000-acre Estate. Originally thatched, the tin chapel was a prefabricated building similar to many that were shipped off to the British colonies in the late Victorian Empire for use as chapels, school rooms, houses, and shops. The Tin Chapel at Bawdsey Manor is neglected and in poor and deteriorating condition and the East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust (for which Paul Bradley is chairman) is looking to find a new, low key use for this attractive curtilage-listed building.
We first worked on this cottage during 2014, and recently received the go ahead from its owners to update our drawings. Our scheme to save this late 18th century weatherboarded cottage has now been submitted to the local authority planning department and we're looking forward to receiving approval in a few weeks.
Site visit for new project in Suffolk, converting this barn for an exciting new start up brewery, the office is already looking forward to the first delivery of beer!
Despite what you might think, writing heritage appraisals is not for the faint hearted. All these old buildings, unoccupied for decades, who knows which are haunted. Although this one was a dead giveaway!
When is a swimming pool not a swimming pool? When the water has been stagnant and full of weeds for 25 years and wildlife has well and truly taken over. Our client built an extension around the pool and now the area has been landscaped to create a large ornamental pond are with deck and raised beds. The work was undertaken by a local boatbuilder and a pier structure had to be constructed to support the larch deck. Finished off with lots of sensitive planting plus we heard the first season of vegetables was very successful!
An application has been submitted for the restoration of this outstanding Grade II listed Villa in coastal Suffolk, which will include the demolition and replacement of the porch, a single storey addition to the rear, new kitchen/dining room and utility as well as landscaping of the terrace and boundary walls. The existing balcony will be replaced with a structure more in keeping with the original building.Read More
Pleased the local Planning Department and Conservation Officer believed in our scheme to gently restore this dilapidated 16th century barn and issued consent this morning. No spaces to be subdivided. No new door or window openings. Just careful consolidation and the creation of modern open interiors which allow the wonderful timber frame to remain the focus. .
Plans have just been finalised on this development for a late nineteenth century coach house, which will have an open plan, double height living space. The earlier changes, made in the 1950's to enlarge doors, squaring off existing arches and adding concrete lintels, let light into the building. For once we will be retaining that detail, giving us the opportunity to use large expanses of glass that will flood the living area with light.
Office discussions just got more stylish.
Library addition sketch scheme for an arts and crafts villa, finished this morning. Hope our client likes it as much as we do.
Modelled in SketchUp and stitched together in Final Cut Pro, bringing the project to life.
And his team clearly having too much fun
We're not giving too much away yet...
Recruitment is always a difficult process, so it helps if you don't have to do it in the usual and formal way. It seems that if you start to write a job description for a new role, a role that encompasses myriad skills and also calls for an unusual person spec. and put it out into the ether, then unusual things happen.
The contact form on our site encourages applications from interested individuals and at just the right moment just the right person got in touch.
Part 1, as she is now known, decided that she wanted to hone her architectural skills and was interested in the high standard of work here, identifying with our holistic and detailed approach, and the diverse portfolio of projects caught her eye. Following a nudge from the local Conservation Officer she got in touch. The match was perfect and she's now working here 4 days a week.
Part 1 is an intrepid traveller, starting young - at the age of six she flew on her own to visit her Peruvian grandparents and her diving instructor parents travelled through South East Asia, leaving her to explore. Her love of exploring led her to win a full scholarship to an International school, the Mahindra United World College of India where she volunteered all over the country.
When she returned to the UK to study Architecture at Oxford Brookes University she focused on humanitarian and post-conflict architecture. She worked in Nicosia in Cyprus on a conflict resolution project and her final year proposal was a City Farm in East London.
After university she bought a van in Chile and explored South America, finding an interest in cheese making after working at a goats cheese farm in rural Patagonia. The reason Part 1 started at only 4 days a week was because she has a day at Fen Farm Dairy making St Jude cheese. As you do.
A recent return to Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire, reminded us all how magnificent the 1844 William Burn designed house is - and how completely devastated it was by fire back in 2005. We were pleased to be part of the consultancy team, advising about the detailing of lost Burn designed joinery and plasterwork. The result is perfection (the return of the pub style carpet was nothing to do with us)