Cowper Griffith took to the streets of Cambridge for Chariots of Fire 2018, raising nearly £200 for the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. Thanks for all the donations and support on the day - it made a real difference. We made it round the 10 mile course in 01:25:16 - finishing in a very respectable 179th place! There’s still time to donate:
Cowper Griffith Architects recently participated in an RIBA organised international design competition for a new nature and wellbeing centre for the Kent Wildlife Trust. Our scheme was one of 300 submissions.
Our residential refurbishment project in Central Cambridge has been featured in the July 2018 issue of Grand Designs Magazine. The article, which focusses on outbuilding conversions, covers a number of key issues to consider when converting existing structures into habitable accommodation. More information about the featured project can be found at:
Our Heckington Windmill regeneration project won an award for 2018’s ‘Best Large Commercial Building’, and was shortlisted for both ‘Best Public Service Building’ and ‘Best Educational Building’.
The project’s success is in no small part down to the dedication of the project Architect and Associate, Karen Lim, and the contributions of consultants, sub-contractors, local authority and client body.
The Main Contractor (Newman Moore of Sleaford) worked in an exemplary fashion, and the mill complex has become a thriving hub of commerce and conviviality, centred around the Grade I Listed windmill – the only eight sail mill left in the country!
Our robust, simple buildings are complimented by beautifully detailed and executed joinery and imaginative interpretation.
We are grateful to the Trustees of the Windmill for allowing us to help them secure its’ long term future.
Our project at Old Glebe Farm is progressing well on site. The scheme involves the construction of a new shop and cafe building for the community on Mersea Island, on the Essex Coast.
The steel frame is now up and the first floor is being constructed, and the cranked plan of the two pitched volumes can now be read. The project is due to be completed in Autumn 2018.
We are very privileged to be working with The Suffolk Wildlife Trust to help realise a sensitively designed visitor centre on the Carlton Marshes reserve. The landmark building is key to providing a new gateway to what will be a national wildlife destination and one of the most accessible nature experiences in East Anglia.
The new facilities, which are due to be completed by 2020, will be the starting point for visitors to explore the wetland creation. Planning permission was granted earlier in the year, and now that the funding is in place the project will very soon progress to the next stages.
A number of press releases and articles have been published about the scheme, please refer to the links below for further details:
Cowper Griffith Architects are pleased to have been involved with the RIBA’s student mentoring scheme for 2017-18. The mentoring scheme is intended to give students an insight into practice and to enhance their learning experience.
CGA have been impressed with the ability and enthusiasm demonstrated by the students that it has mentored, and the practice looks forward to continuing involvement with the scheme in future.
Further information on the scheme can be found at: https://www.architecture.com/education-cpd-and-careers/studying-architecture/student-mentoring
Cowper Griffith Architects are delighted to have been appointed to develop plans to restore Calverley Old Hall, an exceptional medieval manor house between Leeds and Bradford.
The Landmark Trust held an international design competition for the project to rescue the derelict manor house, which received 75 entries. Cowper Griffith’s proposals have been selected, with our winning design creatively reinventing the original pattern of use in the house including the Great Hall & Solar.
The project is highly significant given that the Grade 1 house was built and inhabited by the Lords of the Manor of Calverley from c.1250 to the late 18th century, placing it in the top 2.5% of all listed buildings in the country.
The Landmark Trust is a charity that rescues extraordinary buildings at risk of being lost, restores them and makes them available for short holiday breaks. The director Anna Keay said:
“We saw a really exciting and imaginative range of proposals for the revival of Calverley through the competition. However, the winning design stood out, and won the unanimous support of the panel, for its marriage of real sensitivity to the Grade-one listed building with an ingenious approach to creating wonderful, uplifting spaces within and around it.”
Chris Cowper, partner & design director at Cowper Griffith Architects, added:
“CGA are delighted to have won such a prestigious and rewarding project. Calverley Old Hall presents exciting opportunities, challenging us as designers to resolve a history of continuous change and invention, expressed in ruinous but rich detail. We are very aware that the success of the project will depend upon our ability to make the social history and architectural detail of the development of the Old Hall discernable & legible, through the expressed evolution of the masonry and worked timbers already exposed. We hope to create distinct but contemporary form and detail, subservient to the historic building, whilst enhancing the setting by drawing out and celebrating the tension between the new use and the architectural iterations visible in the historic fabric. We feel privileged to have been chosen by Landmark to take the Old Hall forward into the next phase of its history”.
Planning permission and Listed building consent have just been granted for a modern kitchen extension, pool house, garage and extensive landscaping scheme to a grade II listed house in Cambridgeshire. We are in the process of preparing construction drawings, and the project is due to start in early 2018.
Work is now well underway at Sandy Ridge, on the North Norfolk Coast. The existing bungalow has been demolished, the site has been cleared and the piling has been completed. The CLT panels are due to be delivered in March 2018, after which the dynamic form of the new house will emerge rapidly. The project is due for completion towards the end of 2018.