On what was formerly a brownfield site with an industrial unit which had burnt down, planning consent was gained for the construction of a block of apartments, timber clad bridge and a row of houses fronting Wheelock Street, Middlewich. The urban characteristics of the site with sash windows and stone lintels were reflected in the design. The project also involved the conversion of a former derelict barn and three properties with shops linked to the town centre. Using the existing shell of the building, this was converted to 33 residential units/ town houses with apartments in the building to the front. Due to its location in a conservation area, a reclaimed Cheshire brick was used to repair the existing building. The landscaping and internal layouts were completed to meet the client?s requirements strict design standards.
We were referred by a property investor and regular client in London to analyse the potential redevelopment of a derelict part of Salford. Initial investigations showed the site of former terraced houses had been vacant for many years and it was a brownfield site suitable for residential development.
Contemporary feasibilities studies were completed with a series of images and aerial views of the site and local area and planning consent was obtained for the project which included a mixture of flats, apartments and houses with gardens and community facilities.
A brief was provided for the provision of as many residential units as possible complying with HCA Requirements on a confined site in the middle of Northwich. After a detailed assessment and analysis of the site, planning consent was obtained for 6 two bedroom houses on the site. The project needed to be completed on an extremely tight budget. A cost effective design solution was developed to provide low cost housing fitted out with kitchens and bathrooms with off road parking facilities.
Within weeks of completion, the houses were fully occupied and what had been a derelict site adjacent to the Weaver Navigation had become a commendable reused brownfield site.
The opportunity to design an athletics sports complex is a rare event. We were approached by Eaton Bank Academy who had surplus land and wanted to create an athletics track to Olympic standards in the grounds. Facilities were to include a running track, grass pitch, multi access pavilion, retention of existing pitches and woodland and new astro turf pitches and retention of hard courts. As we were refurbishing the school with government funding, the proposal was designed to harmonise with the refurbishment.
Birchways in Byley was originally a single storey part blockwork, part timber bungalow with hipped roof with a series of dilapidated outbuildings. Planning consent was obtained to demolish the existing building and construct a new house with an arts and crafts influence in a red brick in keeping with the local area. Features included under floor heating, wooden flooring and glass balustrades to an open staircase. A double garage with access to games room above was added to the development with a simplistic garden landscaped with native British Hawthorn hedging and post and rail fence.
We were approached by a client close to the centre of Knutsford, who had a large garden in which they wished to construct a new detached house as their existing residence did not provide them with the facilities they required. The design was completed with a material palette of contrasting features including stone, brickwork and tile hanging. Planning consent, building regulations approval and competitive tenders were obtained for the scheme. We were appointed to supervise the construction site and the works were completed on time and on programme.
Smallwood C of E Primary School is a rural school that has grown and expanded over time from a school masters house and one classroom to a thriving school of over 140 pupils. The school is listed and adjacent to a listed church, but some accommodation was in 40 year old timber clad flat roof mobile classrooms.
Jay Ashall Associates were appointed to obtain funding for the removal of the mobiles and construction of a new classroom. A design was completed and planning and listed building consent was obtained.
The design is very traditional and respectful of the listed building taking influences from the standing structures to create a design which reflects the traditional stone detailing, and traditional window proportions and style of the adjoining listed building.
This scheme presented a unique challenge in converting an octagonal gate house into a four bedroom house. The building had already been extended beyond the percentage allowed, and being listed, the planning officer did not want any large extensions, removing the characteristics and features of the listed building.
Hartford High School in Northwich in liaison with our client developed a business plan to provide an inflated dome over their existing tennis courts which would enable all year round use of the facilities by the school during the academic term and as a tennis academy in the evenings, weekends and school holidays.
Cheshire East has a significant shortage of starter homes. In liaison with a private landowner, a proposal was put forward for obtaining planning consent for 18 starter homes on the edge of the village. The planning process was complex and detailed. The application went to planning appeal and was allowed by the Planning Inspector as it fully complied with national and local planning policy.
The project is due to start on site in 2015 and will deliver much needed starter homes in the area.
The brief was to design a contemporary house within a small woodland in Cheshire. The design was dictated by the requirements to provide adequate daylight and amenity whilst retaining as many trees as feasible. The modern design was split over three levels with living accommodation on the top floors in the lightest spaces and bedrooms to the lower level. The amenity space was included as part of a roof garden so that the surrounding woodland would remain unaffected by the development and the site setting would be retained. The contemporary style had a simple material pallette consisting of timber cladding grey brick and glass. The form was developed around three simple geometric masses intertwined and reflecting the three main internal areas of the house. The vertical circulation was articulated externally through the diagonal windows cutting across the remaining regular form.