Our own big news is that in March 2010 we switched from practicing as Architecture Limited to Architecture and Partners llp, a limited liability partnership, more appropriate to a professional firm. The staff (some now own the firm), the offices, our insurances and accreditations, and our dedication to Client-defined solutions, remain the same.
Grovewell’s Canterbury Garden Centre, the second project we have done for Grovewell (the other is in Tenterden), which opened on Good Friday 2009, has done so well that we have now obtained Planning Permission for an Aquatic Centre next to it. If, like Ken Livingstone, you are into newts, watch out for the opening!
As well as the Aquatic Centre, we seem to have had a spate of successful planning applications, especially in conservation areas and for listed buildings.
49 Devonshire Drive, a house with an Article 4 Direction on it in the Greenwich World Heritage Site is now at ‘snaging’ stage. A storey was added to the rear addition, a structural glass conservatory built, and the basement re-modelled.
Our Client, a school teacher, not a builder, has nearly finished building with his own hands a mansard loft extension to his locally listed house in Maidenstone Hill, bringing it up to five storeys
Refurbishment of the building housing our Stornoway office began on 14th June 2010, with the aid THI funding from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) and Historic Scotland, thank you. Historic Scotland are also helping us with some other very interesting old buildings, of which the 600 year old Northton Chapel in the Isle of Harris is the most advanced, followed by the mid 19C Scolpaig Tower in North Uist, but neither will be on site until next year, since money is tight. The Stornoway office is our official Registered Office.
For another Old Chapel we worked on see The Old Chapel