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 https://goo.gl/D762m6

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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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We’re very excited that planning has been granted for our first ‘Paragraph 55’ house in Nottinghamshire, also the first for Newark and Sherwood District Council. The house displays innovative design ideas by using exemplary sustainable techniques to bring a brown-field site in open countryside back into use. The low impact home will be constructed from straw bales, finished in breathable lime render, providing both structure and insulation from one locally sourced material. Site orientation and internal planning along with simple green technology will ensure energy demands for this house are minimal.  

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Our recently completed Bingham Methodist Centre has featured in the Church Building & Heritage Review magazine. The multi-use building provides worship spaces and community rooms, along with rentable retail units and office space. The building is part of a series of improvements to the local town centre and is hoped to act as a catalyst for further regeneration.

“We wanted a building that would be light and welcoming, a flexible place for worship, something easy to maintain, convenient to use and that would have a striking appearance. We believe all these objectives have been achieved.” Reverend Richard Tanner. 

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We have recently submitted the planning application for a new outdoor hub at Calke Abbey for the National Trust. The new building will provide facilities for visitors wishing to explore the extensive grounds, including a café, cycle hire point and toilets. The single storey building is split into functional uses on the north, clad externally in cedar shingles, and the visitor facilities on the south, clad externally in larch boarding. The building materials will be sourced locally where possible, with the larch boarding manufactured from trees grown and felled on the Calke Estate.

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Works have begun on the £1.2million new build heritage and cultural centre in Gedling Country Park. The park first opened to the public in 2015, offering a variety of outdoor activities to the community and has proved to be extremely popular. The new building, expected to be complete in March 2017, will provide toilets and a café to support the outdoor activities and contribute to the exciting future that the local authority have planned for the park. The design concept has been driven by the site’s history as a colliery, with the building form referencing lumps of coal. You can read more on Nottingham Post https://goo.gl/DWdPrB

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We held our Macmillan Coffee Morning last Friday and raised a fantastic £191.55. There were cakes, flapjacks, brownies, cookies and scones to sample, all homemade. The official day for the coffee morning is this coming Friday, so hopefully we’ve inspired you to hold your own.

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We’re delighted to hear how much our clients enjoy Oakwood one year on from its completion. They have reported very low energy costs, which proves that a combination of fabric first passive design techniques, along with integrated but simple green technology, pays off. The south facing landscaped courtyard garden is taking shape, which compliments both the house and hard landscaping. The house has proved to be a great joy to live in over the past year. 

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Allan Joyce Architects have recently submitted proposals to Gedling Borough Council for a new build heritage and cultural centre in Gedling Country Park. The £1.2million centre will provide toilet facilities and a café with external seating areas. The building form and external cladding is inspired by the history of the park. Before being transformed, the park was a colliery, which closed in 1991. The works include extending the existing parking provisions and will sit alongside a new mining themed play area, opening later this year. You can read more at http://goo.gl/aBaxGO

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The barn conversion at Coach House Farm has been recently completed and handed over. We were appointed to design a contemporary home for our clients, in the shell of a dilapidated stone and brick barn building, located in the grounds of their old house. The building features an open plan kitchen, living and double height dining space, with three bedrooms, a study and utility room. Internally, a palette of polished concrete floors, exposed stone walls, natural timber and black painted steelwork, creates a contemporary and industrial, yet warm interior.

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