A redundant brick Victorian workshop was repaired and re-modelled to create office accommodation as well as shower and amenity facilities for steel workers in the adjoining factory. McCalls make tensile steel components and these were incorporated into the design. A potentially gloomy deep plan office at first floor was turned to advantage by the installation of a stretched fabric tensile ceiling which floods the space with natural daylight.
Originally a Victorian Tram shed, we converted this building into a place to learn about and exhibit digital photography.
The completed building comprises staff offices, teaching and darkroom spaces as well as a shop, gallery and café.
Our clients wanted to construct a single story home for themselves, as their current house had become difficult for them to live in. They did not want to leave the village and their friends so hoped to build a suitable dwelling in their garden.
We suggested constructing a building with a mono-pitch roof off two low walls to the boundary. From the neighbours’ perspective, this would be no more invasive than the erection of a fence, which could be erected without planning consent.
The site had complicated planning issues to resolve. These included overlooking problems as well as an awkwardly shaped site. The Planning Authority were very resistant to the idea.
The roof pitch means that we were able to use sedum to create a living roof which is both attractive and thermally very efficient.