Forge Design Studio hosted a Spring Lunch on Friday 31st March.
We’ve never seen the studio busier as the guests enjoyed catching up on our latest projects, meeting the team and sampling one of our famous home-cooked lunches. The sun shone and it was great to see the garden being used.
It was also a great opportunity for everyone to meet the Connected Collective as Adrian, David, Jeff and Nicola all managed to come along. The Collective are working on their first opportunities together and are looking forward to seeking out new projects.
Looking forward to our next one!
Forge Design Studio have been commissioned to prepare a Vision Document for the Future Redevelopment of the Royal West Indies Resort site on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Fronting onto the world famous Grace Bay the existing site is renowned for its beautiful setting and landscape, however great potential exists to develop some residual areas of land.
We have worked closely with our Client to develop the initial concept to reorganise the entrance and arrival experience and to shift the centre of gravity of the site further away from the existing beach frontage. Ideas are now focussing on the site fronting the road to create a new, high profile impact building for visitors to the resort.
Photos attached show the benefits of a drone for achieving great quality aerial shots with the flexibility of fixing on specific heights to create realistic viewpoints.
The opportunity for a site visit is getting closer!!
Design work is continuing on the plans for a new house at Silver Hill, Shenley.
In order to replace the burnt-out shell of the Grade II, Former Thatched Cottage, negotiation has been undertaken with the Local Authority and Historic England. The exceptional circumstances behind the case have been demonstrated and an ‘in principle’ agreement has been acknowledged with the Case Officers subject to agreement on the detailed design. Impact on the green belt and the adherence to planning policy are being addressed within the current phase of work.
Detailed surveys will be carried out on the what remains of the existing fabric to record its condition.
Design principles have been established and we are carrying out 3d massing studies as well as physical modelling to fully explore the impact on surrounding areas. The design of the replacement house has been the subject of much discussion with the client and his family
We are pushing towards a submission of the formal planning application in the very near future.
Work is well underway on the conversion of the former St Silas Church Centre to create 21no new units of accommodation for the young people of Cheltenham. Forge Design Studio have worked with the Contractor, Somerset Carpenters Ltd to develop the final design proposals. Experience has shown that the building fabric will need to be capable of withstanding some robust treatment. Operating within the constraints of the existing building we have created the most cost effective, long-lasting detailing possible within the budget.
Externally, the building is being given a new ‘overcoat’ with cladding to the upper section and render to the base, new windows and doors through-out will complete the work.
The building will provide move-on accommodation for the residents of the main at Vittoria Walk, Cheltenham who have progressed with the support and help of the YMCA. Funding for the project is being provided by the Borough Council, Homes and Community Agency and the YMCA.
The Contractor is making good progress and is on programme to complete in summer 2017.
Forge Design Studio have completed our first feasibility study of 2017 in support of a competitive bid on a highly prestigious site in the South-East. Working closely with our client we visited the site in the first week of the New Year and drew up several potential development options. After some rapid financial assessments, one option emerged as a clear favourite in terms of viability and architectural response.
Located in a historic parkland setting the main building is a grade I listed building! Formerly used as a public building the structure is held in fond regard by the Local Community and will require a well-considered consultation and planning strategy to bring it forward as a deliverable development.
We undertook a detailed site analysis following a helpful meeting and walk-around the site with the Local Authority Conservation and Design Officer. This understanding directly informed our preferred option which considered all the constraints and influences on the site.
Our client has submitted their final bid, having made the project short list, and we are keeping our fingers crossed for a positive start to the New Year.
After a great deal of fund-raising effort on the part of the YMCA, work has started on site at the former St Silas Church Centre in Cheltenham. The scheme will provide 21 living spaces in a comprehensively re-modelled existing building. There will be a range of unit sizes from small studios to 1-bed apartments.
Forge Design Studio are working with the appointed Main Contractor to develop detailed working drawings and schedules to support the construction (see examples below). The constraints of the existing building has created challenges which the team have worked together to overcome. Work is continuing at full pace on site and is due for completion in the summer.
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First Floor Plan:
We have also been involved in a series of local residential projects which range from the Cedardore project in Wellow – a complete new build dwelling, to Remenham House in Whiteparish – an interior design project, through to Cowesfield Lodge – a comprehensive
re-modelling and extension under permitted development, which is located within walking distance of the office!
All of our projects are treated with the same level of professional service and respect. They are greatly valued, providing us with a varied and interesting series of opportunities.
We look forward to 2017 with eager anticipation.
2016 saw a major success at the Odyssey Health Club in Stevenage when our project for 70 new residential units on previously developed brownfield land was granted planning consent, having been voted unanimously at committee. The development faced the added constraint of being in the green belt having had a history of previously failed attempts at redevelopment.
A carefully constructed application was drawn-up by the design team which thoroughly examined all aspects of the project and presented a fully considered strategy. Ultimately the Local Authority accepted the proposals which included a comprehensive masterplan for the future development of the Health Club and all its associated parking and access requirements.
At the opposite end of the spectrum we are working on a new gatehouse cottage proposal at Calcott Hall, Sturry which is re-using an existing footprint to promote plans for a new dwelling.
We also carried out a pair of feasibility studies on previously developed education land in Winchester for a local contractor in conjunction with a well-known Registered Social Landlord. We were supporting their bid for the land which was ultimately unsuccessful, on the grounds of finance, but we were praised for our innovative and comprehensive approach.