Rushcliffe Borough Council have just approved a Planning Application for re-cladding and conversion of a redundant Dutch Barn for B1 use, at a farm in Nottinghamshire. We met the clients whilst exhibiting at the Burghley Horse Trials ‘Lifestyle Pavilion’. The Farm is in Green Belt and the existing brick/pantile outbuildings had received Planning Permission in 2010 after appeal. A fire had reduced the Dutch Barn to its steel frame and the client wanted to explore the possibilities for its re-use. The concept was for the new offices to be constructed within the frame of the existing barn. The re-use of the barn for a rural enterprise continues the farm diversification but retains the agricultural character.

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Allan Joyce Architects Ltd are exhibiting at The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC from the 27th-30th March. Come and see us on stand SH501 for free and impartial advice, to see if we can help 'turn your plans into reality'

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The construction of a 2 bed contemporary house on the banks of the River Welland in Lincolnshire has started on site. Our clients purchased the land with planning permission; the design was uninspiring but had established a precedent for a new build house on the land. The concept is a reserved low lying house on approach, however once through the entrance doors, it opens up to the lake and mature landscape beyond. Floor to ceiling, glazed sliding doors connect the living spaces and bedrooms with the lake and landscape. The project is schedule for completion in June 2014.

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Allan Joyce Architects, in partnership with Kier and Ashley House, have submitted a Full Planning Application for a new extra care development in Leafield, Retford, in Bassetlaw. The development is being procured on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council who have committed £12.65m of capital funding for several extra care housing schemes across the country. The new build accommodation is available to people aged 55 years and over and offers a range of facilities depending on the support they need. It will provide 63 flats and 30 bungalows, which all have access to the bowling green, cafe, craft room, hair & beauty space and therapy room.

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The National Trust have moved into their new Consultancy Offices at Hardwick. The former volunteer base camp is part of a collection of old farm buildings which are Grade II Listed at the foot of Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire. The new premises were selected by the Trust due to its improved transport links to the rest of the country. The building was originally an open cart shed and alterations were carried out in the 1960's to convert it to a base camp. The challenge was to produce an open plan office with various meeting spaces and other ancillary rooms. The plasterboard ceilings were ripped out to expose the original King Post trusses and the concrete roof tiles were removed in favour of a new diminishing course stone slate roof, to match the rest of the buildings.

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The construction of a new £1.7m Medical Centre in Sawley, Derbyshire is making great progress. The new centre, which includes a Pharmacy and Community Multi-use space, started on site in August 2013. The contractor, A&S Enterprises, were selected by a traditional competitive tendering process. The building is highly insulated, has a large bank of photovoltaics for electricity generation and a 'biodiverse' roof.  This roof differs from conventional grass or sedum roof, as it is planted with indigenous species to benefit the existing local ecology. The project is on target for completion in June 2014.

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A new mixed use development in the centre of Bingham has been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council for Pre-application advice. The proposal comprises the demolition of the existing church and construction of a new Methodist Church and associated church/community facilities, a ground floor retail outlet and office space above. The retail outlet occupies the north side of the site and continues the urban grain of the existing shopping precinct.  This is separated from the Church and Community facilities by a dramatic top lit double height space, which forms an attractive new entrance to the Church off the pedestrianised street. The elliptical Worship Area forms a prominent landmark on the corner, which can be seen from Nottingham Road as you approach the town centre.

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