We are pleased to announce that Antill Street has been shortlisted for three awards in the East Midlands LABC Building Excellence Awards in the following categories: Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion; Best Small New Housing Development; and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development. Antill Street was completed earlier this year and includes the conversion of St Andrews Church into eight apartments and three new build apartments for Framework Housing Association. Fingers crossed.

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Allan Joyce Architects have recently completed works at Betty’s Tea Room, at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate. The extension created additional back of house accommodation to expand and better organise the existing facilities. Specialised store rooms and dedicated food preparation areas were created, with cleaning and wash areas, to cater for the demands of the busy tea rooms. New staff facilities, including offices and a meeting room have been created at first floor. The extension has been designed to be in keeping with the existing buildings.

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We are very pleased that Gainsborough Foyer has recently won Best Commercial Building at the West Lindsey District Council Building Excellence Awards. We were appointed by Axiom Housing Association to design a building to give young people aged between 16-25 a home, alongside personal support, training and employment. Living accommodation is split over two floors, with support and training rooms located on the ground floor. We worked closely with the design team and Robert Woodhead Ltd to complete the building in April 2015. The project has also been nominated for three awards in the East Midlands LABC Building Excellence Awards.

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The new build Methodist Centre in Bingham has been recently completed. The new building contributes to a wider programme of improvements to the local town centre. The elliptical worship space is connected to a large hall, with multipurpose spaces at first floor that can be rented out by the community. The multiuse centre also creates two retail spaces at ground floor giving vitality to the shopping centre, with rentable office space above. A celebration service was held on Sunday, giving the congregation and community a chance to get to know their new church.

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We are really pleased to announce that Flower Pod has been shortlisted for the RICS Community Benefit Award 2016. Flower Pod is our straw bale eco building, designed for local charity ReachUK. Straw bales provide structure and insulation for the walls, finished in a breathable lime plaster render; the roof is finished with cedar shingles and insulated with sheep’s wool. The simple building provides two flexible working areas, which can also be rented out by the charity. Flower Pod was recently opened up for the public in the Green 4 event, which raised just over £2,000 for ReachUK.

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We are very pleased to announce that Oakwood has been shortlisted for the RICS Residential Awards 2016. Oakwood is a contemporary eco home. The building is orientated on the site to benefit from passive solar gains. It also has high levels of insulation, which is combined with an airtight building envelope and a whole house ventilation system to keep energy demands low. The house features a dramatic double height, open plan living space in its centre, with kitchen at one end, a snug at the other and dining in the centre.

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We will be exhibiting at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2016 from Thursday 14th April to Sunday 17th April, stand number F149 at the NEC in Birmingham. Visit the Homebuilding & Renovating website at http://national.homebuildingshow.co.uk/ for more information. We also have several free tickets to give away, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 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.

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Works have recently been completed and handed over at Antill Street. Allan Joyce Architects worked alongside Tanbry Construction to create a total of eleven units for Framework Housing Association. The works included the conversion of a 20th Century church to create eight apartments and a new build block to create an additional three apartments. Where possible, original features have been retained in the conversion of the church, including the existing roof trusses, which are visible and part of the new apartments.

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Allan Joyce Architects are currently undertaking several projects to improve facilities in leisure centres across Nottingham City Centre. As part of an ongoing and wider programme of works, Nottingham City Council, have employed us to complete improvements for This Girl Can; a national campaign developed by Sport England, to celebrate active women across the country. All leisure centres will receive improvements across the changing and poolside facilities, and health and fitness studios. Works will be completed by the end of March this year.

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We have recently obtained planning consent for a state of the art new build NHS healthcare facility for Trentside Medical Group in Netherfield, Nottingham. Manor Pharmacy acquired the site, which had lay vacant for nearly a decade. The building is designed to offer a wide range of community healthcare, including a café, with a focus on alzheimer's and age-related illnesses. The building is a modern design with a circular drum on the prominent corner of the site. It is hoped that it will be a great asset for the local community.

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