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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Allan Joyce Architects will be exhibiting at Grand Designs Live from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd October, stand number B562, at the NEC in Birmingham. We are based in Nottingham and work Countrywide on new build one off houses, barn conversions, bespoke extensions and remodelling of existing houses. If you’ve been thinking about a project we would love to discuss it with you.

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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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Following a process of qualification rounds, Allan Joyce Architects have been appointed to design an exciting new outdoor visitor hub at the National Trust’s Calke Abbey in Derbyshire. The new hub will provide facilities for visitors wishing to explore Calke Abbey’s extensive grounds. New parking will reduce pressure on the existing parking close to the house and the new building will provide a café and education area with associated toilets. Visitors will also be able to hire bicycles from the hire shop incorporated into the building.

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Allan Joyce Architects have recently obtained planning permission for a replacement Joint Cadet Centre for the Air Training Corps (ATC) and Army Cadet Force (ACF), in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The contemporary building is clad in stone gabion walls, metal profiled cladding and black brickwork. The new centre will provide up to date facilities, including offices, lecture rooms and a parade hall. Works to begin on site soon.

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We have recently been appointed to undertake the regeneration of Cotgrave Town Centre. This exciting project is part of a wider series of improvements to create a vibrant town centre, increase employment opportunities and building quality new homes. The town centre works involve upgrading the existing shops, creating a new small business centre, building a new multi-service centre, landscaping the central square, improving the children’s play area and renewing parking on the site. The project is currently in early design stages. We will be looking to submit a planning application in July / August 2016.

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Allan Joyce Architects have recently obtained planning permission for supported housing for Framework Housing Association in Nottingham City Centre. The works involve the refurbishment of two existing buildings on the site, and the construction of a new building to create seventeen apartments with training rooms, offices and support facilities. At the centre of the development is a landscaped courtyard. A combination of low maintenance gravel areas with seating and lawns, intersected with paths, and thoughtfully positioned planting, will create an external shared space for residents to enjoy.

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