Two new instructions have been received for residential development in Uxbridge and Leatherhead. Working with our joint client from the successful re-development of the Former Sun and Harrow site in Ware these two opportunities present interesting and different challenges.
One site is home to a business selling RV’s and the other has potential for backlands development as well as PD on the existing office block. They are typical of the type of sites which require careful handling to ensure that value is enhanced whilst in their own, relatively small way helping to tackle the shortfall in affordable, accessible housing.
Work is underway on the projects with the intention being to submit planning applications as soon as possible.
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!
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.
Ground Floor Plan:
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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.
Historic and Listed Buildings
Working with historic buildings forms an important part of our portfolio. Previously illustrated projects at The Former Waters Garage site and Portslade have both featured locally listed buildings within Conservation Areas, however we have also been working on a number of projects involving Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings.
The Thatched Cottage, Silver Hill is the redevelopment of a severely fire damaged cottage. Located in the countryside nr Shenley, Borehamwood our client has bought the site which includes the burnt-out shell of the cottage.
We are bringing forward a strategy for re-development, this involves working closely with Historic England, the Planning Local Authority and our specialist Historic Building advisor. We are aiming to develop detailed design proposals and make a formal application in the New Year.
We are actively working on two sites for redevelopment which include Public Houses, both of which are Grade II listed buildings. These projects involve re-use of the buildings and as such require a sympathetic approach to re-modelling and the downsizing of the hospitality areas. Long term sustainability and viability of the business are crucial and it is important that the proposals are matched to respect the building form and fabric.
Detailed studies have been undertaken to gain a full appreciation of the buildings and proposals. Both projects are with the Local Authority Planning Departments for consideration.
Regeneration of previously developed urban sites remains at the heart of many of our projects. Work has continued on all stages of development across a number of schemes.
Our first site in Hertford, the Former Waters Garage on North Road has commenced construction work. Whilst we have not remained active on the project, it was sold-on by our client, we are very interested to see the buildings emerge from the site. It has been a complex undertaking for the new owners but it appears the values and interest which is being created will make it a successful development.
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On the opposite side of the road!! …. we have carried out the working drawing programme for 60-68 St Andrew Street. We achieved planning permission in February and have worked with our client on the detailed development of the proposals – utilising our 3D BIM skills during the process. The archaeological investigation which was required as part of the planning conditions has been completed and a start on site is due early in the New Year.
Our largest single regeneration project, at the Former Brewery Site, Portslade is currently going through the planning process. The proposal includes a mixed-use of 50 residential units, in a mixture of new build and conversion, together with a Creative Arts complex providing start-up, low rental employment space. We are in detailed negotiation with the case Officers and are looking forward to a positive outcome early in February
Preparations are in place for the Forge Design Studio Open Day. True to form we have made sure that visitors will be looked after … tea and cakes looking spectacular. It will be a great chance to show off our work … come and join us if you can!
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Even the puppy is ready to go!
The interior of this project doesn’t look the same when viewed as an arty black and white shot!
Our nearest project, for neighbours Stephen and Amanda, has recently been completed. The extension to their home has added a unique, vaulted kitchen with exposed trusses and generous roof glazing to create a real wow factor. Doors from the original cottage on the site have been incorporated and the light and airy space has immediately proved itself popular with the whole family.
Amanda’s sense of fun and use of colour has added an extra dimension to the space which has blended in really nicely with the original house. The outside courtyard, which forms a link, to the adjacent studio workshop is secured by a pair of hand crafted gates which have been recently installed.
Amanda claims to be happy to spend all day in the new kitchen but we’re not sure she really means it!
After extensive pre-application discussions with the Planners at Brighton and Hove City Council the application for the regeneration of the Former Brewery Site at Portslade has been submitted and registered with the Local Authority.
Mike attended the second public exhibition held on site on the 8th June and the feedback received has been further reflected in the submitted proposals. Notwithstanding the regeneration of the whole site and securing a future use for the distinctive brewery buildings, one of the most exciting elements of the scheme is the potential partnership with Pheonix Arts Brighton.
It is proposed that the former workshop building and lower floors of the corner Tower fronting onto the High St are converted to form a series of affordable low-rent studio spaces, multi-purpose exhibition, teaching areas and café. The attached images show an example of the proposed spaces together with an extract sample of the submitted drawings.
The scheme includes 50 residential units with a comprehensive mix of sizes and configurations and approx. 7,000 sqft of creative employment space.
Having been retained on the project by the new site owners, Leary Developments Ltd., work is underway on the working drawings for 66-68 St Andrew Street.
The surveyors have been on site to check the setting out and discussions are underway with the planners regarding some minor alterations to the permission. The client is planning a start on site in September this year.
We are developing the project as a BIM test case and are working closely with the Structural Engineers and Energy Consultants to develop a fully integrated 3d model of project. This can be tested and manipulated as the optimum construction methodology is developed.
Looking forward to seeing another project starting on site.
We are looking forward to holding an ‘Open Studio’ event on Saturday 17th September.
Over the last three years we have been lucky enough to have worked on a great variety of projects including schemes for a number of our neighbours! The ‘Open Studio’ will be an opportunity for us to meet a wider cross-section of the local community, whilst inviting them into the office to see, and learn more about, what we do.
Further details will be released shortly. Watch local press for details
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