In the 1960’s the majority of the roof of this fine Victorian church had the original slate roof stripped off and replaced with interlocking concrete tiles. Ever since this rather radical and aesthetically detrimental alteration the church has suffered a succession of storm damage with consequential roof leaks. The effect of this prolonged period of leaks has caused an amount of timber decay, especially in the structural boarding.

In 2015 the church were successful in winning a “Roof Repairs Grant” under the recent found of special grants awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

This funding alongside considerable funding by the church itself raising a combined total of nearly £250,000 and was sufficient to strip the concrete tiles off and replace with new Welsh slate to all main roof slopes. As part of the work all the lead flashings were replaced, thermal insulation added and a complete overhaul of stone parapets.

The job was completed in January 2017 and since then the roof has withstood a number of quite serious storms without loss of a single slate and to the relief of the church no water collecting buckets have been required, the first time in 60 years.

This has left the church in the best condition it has been in for years, and has restored the original glory of the slate roof.

We will be exhibiting at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2018 from Thursday 22nd March to Sunday 25th March, stand number G117 at the NEC in Birmingham. Visit the Homebuilding & Renovating website at for more information. We also have several free tickets to give away.

If you’ve been thinking about a project, whether it’s a small or large development, a new build house or alterations to an existing house, we would love to discuss it with you at the show.

We are pleased to announce that Charlotte Richardson and Fiona Stewart both successfully completed their ARB/RIBA Part 3 at the University of Nottingham in November 2017, and have now become fully qualified architects. Charlotte and Fiona both started studying Architecture in 2010 and completed all three parts of their qualification at the University of Nottingham.

Upon qualifying, Charlotte said `We are delighted to have passed our Part 3. It was challenging at times but it feels so rewarding to have finally become qualified architects after 7 years of studying!' Fiona added `We are excited to start our professional career, and meet the challenges ahead with the support of our co-workers.'

Charlotte and Fiona would like to thank their mentors and Allan Joyce Architects director Tricia Akers for guiding them through their case studies and the part three process.

A conversion of a 18th century stone threshing barn is beginning to take shape as the roofs are erected on the extensions. The design comprises of split ground and first floor levels to create additional accommodation within the roof spaces and make use of existing openings. Large glazed openings will provide panoramic views to the surrounding countryside and fill the internal spaces with natural light.

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Bingham Methodist Church has been announced as a 2017 finalist in the 'Project of the Year' category at the East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards, with the awards ceremony set to take place at the Nottingham Belfry on Friday 19th May.

The multi-use building provides worship spaces and community rooms, along with rentable retail units and office space. The church are thrilled with their new building and the success of the project is already apparent as the new centre has become a much used asset for both the church and wider community.

We're delighted that Bingham Methodist Church has been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories at the LABC Awards 2017.
Our multi-use community project is shortlisted for 'Best Public Service Building' and 'Best Large Commercial Project', with the winners being announced at The Athena, Leicester on Friday 9th June. 

Archaeologists working on the site of a new learning centre for Nottingham Trent University’s Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies have uncovered what may be the city’s greatest find for the last 15 years. Enclosure ditches, the remains of a brick kiln and square pits cut into the stone containing pottery, glass and roof tiles indicate that pottery production may have taken place close to the Convent Street site in Medieval times.

The significance of the find comes down partly to the location. Medieval Nottingham was enclosed within a ditch which ran along what is now Parliament Street in the City Centre. While there have been similar archaeological discoveries within the historical boundary, this find is the earliest evidence of industry outside of the boundary. 

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Allan Joyce Architects have recently obtained planning consent on behalf of Nottingham Trent University and Confetti, for an exciting redevelopment of a prominent corner site within the Creative Quarter of Nottingham.  The new building will act as a flagship for the Confetti Campus and enhance the student experience. Internally the building will offer additional teaching spaces, a café and learning resource centre, as well as new outdoor amenity space in the form of a courtyard and roof terrace. The building will be clad externally in corten steel and dark brickwork; a contemporary take on the existing industrial buildings that make up the Confetti Campus block.

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Works have begun at the new build cadet centre in Hinckley. The training facility will be used by cadets and adult volunteers from across Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, allowing them to share learning and resources. The new building accommodates interactive classrooms, a training hall, radio room, offices and store rooms, along with photovoltaic panels that will produce electricity to use on site. Externally the building will be clad in gabion stone walling, black brickwork and metal profiled cladding. Works will be completed by August 2017, you can read more at East Midlands RFCA website

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Planning has recently been granted for the regeneration works to Cotgrave Town Centre. The existing shop fronts will be upgraded and a new business hub will be created at first floor. The landscaping scheme will enhance the public realm, combined with improvements to the children’s play area, will revitalise the centre by creating a vibrant and welcoming environment. The project sits alongside a wider series of improvements, including a new multi-service centre adjacent the central square. We are now working up the detailed design and are looking forward to the project starting on site in 2017.

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