We recently had the real privilege to visit a wonderfully preserved Voysey house from 1903 in suburban Bushey, Hertfordshire. Tilehurst was designed as the home of Miss Edith Somers, and is one of Voysey’s smallest houses in the Arts and Crafts style. The house epitomises Voysey’s sure handling of small-scaled buildings with a delightfully simple built form that is almost square in plan. Every detail of the building is carefully considered in a dignified and unpretentious way.
Anglia Lime Company recently presented an informative and enjoyable CPD seminar to the practice, giving an introduction to Lime and it's applications. Following the session, CGA staff members were invited to try their hand with two of ALC's lime based products, by applying them to wooden lath, wool board and brickwork sample panels.
The refurbishment and conversion of the Officer's Mess at IWM Duxford has been selected for a regional award. The British Council for Offices (BCO) judges were impressed by the transformation of the listed Officer’s Mess building in IWM Duxford, from its’ previous condition of disrepair and into the vibrant and thriving Officers' Mess Business Centre.
The judges highlighted that a vast central atrium has been created within the heart of the complex in a previously derelict external courtyard, housing a business centre, reception café and co-working facilities. They added that the building now offers well-appointed workspace within an inspiring heritage setting, perfect for serviced offices.
The project now goes forward for a national award in October.
Please follow this link for further information, from the BCO website: http://www.bco.org.uk/Awards/Winners/2017/Refurbished_Workplace_2017.aspx
CGA have developed designs for the renovation, conversion and development of a site in central Winchester, for Winchester College. The proposal will create 11 new dwellings, with associated landscaping.
After several months delay due to a comprehensive archaeological investigation, piling work is now underway on site, and the project is due for completion in Spring 2018.
We are proud to be working on £2.4m additional facilities at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre, to enable smooth processing and onward transit of the many hundreds of thousands of annual visitors, with up to 10,000 visitors per day. We developed the project from RIBA 2 prepared by another architect. We reworked the shuttle system with new platforms and loops to streamline the visitor flows, and at the same time expanded the coach park and designed a new ancillary building providing group ticketing, audio guides and generous WC provision to cater for coach groups.
The work here has naturally been closely scrutinised by Historic England due to its internationally significant archaeological setting and at the same time the design has had to satisfy the practical day to day requirements of the site team keen to ensure that their significant operational difficulties experienced during the busiest periods are minimised.
Work was completed to programme which opened up the operation of the new expanded coach park and shuttle system for the recent Easter holiday with reports that the new set up is working well. The remaining elements of the project will be completed in the next few months.
The Practice is currently developing the RIBA stage 3 design of a new visitor centre and associated infrastucture for the Suffolk Wildlife Trust at their Carlton and Oulton Marshes site near Lowestoft, Suffolk.
CGA won a competition to design a new building that is to provide an inspirational gateway to the Southern Broads. The building will be highly sustainable built from cross laminated timber and clad in reed thatch walling and a bronze roof.
The practice is pleased to report that two recently completed projects have been shortlisted for this year's RIBA East Awards:
Westering House, a contemporary private residence on the North Norfolk Coast:
Residential care accommodation at The Great Hospital, Norwich:
The full shortlist was reported by The Architect's Journal, and can be viewed here:
Cowper Griffith is developing designs for a café, retail and arts complex designed to offer local produce, locally sourced dining and to support a thriving local arts scene in this coastal, village location.
Ultimately, the site – which includes a former ‘pick your own’ facility – will generate its own crops both for retail and on-site dining, whilst a converted and refurbished café will provide an arts studio space for a variety of local groups.
The design references existing, local agricultural structures which are characterised by their modest scale, ad hoc layout and strictly limited palette of black timber and corrugated metal sheet. We expect to be on site later in 2017.
The new Visitor facilities at Heckington Windmill are progressing well on site. All of the buildings are now watertight and the external boarding is due to be completed shortly. 2nd fix heating and electrics are well underway, and completion of the facility is anticipated for early April.
David Parr House, a unique time-capsule of Victorian working-class art and life, is set for major restoration after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed funding of £625,300.
The money will be used to repair and restore the Victorian terraced house and its remarkable William Morris-inspired hand-painted interiors; and open the house to the public. A small visitor space will be built, and exciting outreach and learning events and collaborations will allow a wide range of people to enjoy the David Parr experience.
The HLF-funded project will restore David Parr’s home and open it to the public as a historic working man’s house. Visitors will have guided tours of the house, and be able to explore related arts, culture and crafts through a film, museum-on-a-bike, city guides, and other creative tools. Volunteers will be recruited and trained to work as tour guides, take audio-histories of locals, and archive the collection.
It is hoped that project work will start in April this year, and be complete by autumn 2019.
The house was featured in The Guardian on Wednesday 4th and on BBC Look East on Thursday 5th January. Links to the articles can be found below: