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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Green 4 took place this Sunday and we are really pleased to announce that the day raised just over £2,000 for charity Reach UK, whose worthwhile work supports adults with learning disabilities. We are very grateful to everyone who helped out on the day and hope that all the visitors enjoyed the chance to look around local eco architecture. If you didn’t pick up the fact sheets on our three buildings, the garden house, oakwood and flower pod, and would like a copy please drop us an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘Green 4’ as the heading and we can e-mail you a copy.

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Reach UK’s Flower Pod is today’s sneaky peek. This little building is the ultimate eco creation. Straw bales provide the structure and insulation to the external walls, finished in organic and breathable lime plaster. The roof is insulated with sheep’s wool, finished with recycled wood pulp board internally and cedar shingles externally. A log-burning stove provides heating and once finance is found, the south-facing roof will be adorned with photovoltaic panels, to create electricity on site. Flower Pod can be found on Brackenhurst Lane, NG25 0QL. Tickets are £10 with all entry fees going directly to help Reach UK, a needy and worthy cause.

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The recently completed Oakwood is today’s sneaky peek. Designed as a sustainable eco home for a retired couple, this wonderful home has a dramatic double height, open plan living space in its centre. A carefully crafted timber and glass balustrade and exposed first floor structure creates a very individual environment internally. Super levels of insulation, an airtight building envelope and a whole house ventilation system keep energy demands low. Oakwood can be found at 69 Halloughton Road, NG25 0LP. Tickets can be bought at any venue and architects will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

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Green 4 is taking place this Sunday. Get the chance to look around four eco buildings in Southwell. Check back tomorrow and Friday for a sneaky peek at Oakwood and Flower Pod. Today’s sneaky peek features the Garden House, an underground house for a family of seven. This house is hidden behind a garden wall and features a glazed solar collector, bio diverse roofs, rainwater recycling and designed using a passive, fabric first approach. Green 4 tickets are £10 and can be bought at any venue (under 14’s are free). The Garden House can be found on Westhorpe, NG25 0NG. 

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We have recently obtained planning consent for a contemporary replacement dwelling in a Nottinghamshire conservation area. The trees and dense vegetation on the site have inspired and driven the design. The long, low, linear form nestles itself into the site, giving views into the canopies of nearby trees and landscape beyond. External finishes will be a mixture of timber, metal cladding panels and render, with large expanses of glass to the south, helping to passively heat the house. Internally, double height spaces connect the two floors of accommodation, creating dramatic interiors and a vibrant environment.

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Allan Joyce will be giving a talk on the development process, planning history and eco technologies of the Garden House, to the Derbyshire Archaeological Society in October. Planning obstacles blighted the site, being in the grounds of a Listed Building, in a Conservation Area and outside the settlement of the town. Although the constraints appeared insurmountable, they in fact helped to drive the concept, to create a better piece of architecture. The overriding principle was to create a building that delights the user; it is also layered with eco technologies and sustainable ideas. The talk will be given to 40-50 society members, with a contribution made to a local charity.

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