Posts Tagged ‘social housing’

Construction Completed at Quest Road, Croydon

September 7, 2016

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Construction Complete at Marcon Place, Hackney

June 21, 2016

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2014 Skyros, Greece

October 19, 2015

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Another venture away form the UK (Luxembourg 2008 being the other). This time a private residence on the island of Skyros.  A great scheme and a great team, but the client decided on Greek experience.  Oh well still chasing the overseas project.  An ambition I may fulfill in the next 20 years!!!

Stephen Davy, Director

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2013 Cambridge Hall

October 5, 2015

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A very small but very enjoyable project, albeit frustrating at the same time. It is the insertion of 3 flats within the grounds of a listed tabernacle church.  The purpose of the scheme to help raise revenue for the refurbishment of the church to remove it from English Heritage ‘at risk’ register. We have had extensive discussions with EH and have reached agreement on a form of construction. We just have the planners to convince now.

Stephen Davy, Director

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2012 Quest House

September 21, 2015

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Quest House, a return to the projects of old. The conversion and refurbishment of a former office building. This time in Croydon, next to East Croydon Station. The beginnings of a much wider regeneration of the Croydon Area, which has now begun. The project takes on many lessons learnt over the years. The combination of making the best of the existing building and adding to with imaginative layouts that allow flexibility of tenure and good quality materials to ensure durability and longevity.

Stephen Davy, Director

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2011 Livity

September 7, 2015

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Social Housing has certainly changed since we started out in practice.

Then, RSL’s provided affordable rent housing. Now with the reduction in grant and the need to generate revenue to expand, shared ownership and private sale seem to be the preferrred model of the RSL.  At livity we have a row of terrace houses that on the open market would sell for £1m. Once upon a time any family houses would be affordable rent, now private sale. We suggested if they were to be private sale, they should be exemplars. The houses have a range of spaces, filled with natural light. All the ingredients that would appeal to a home owner in the current market and help enhance value.

Stephen Davy, Director

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2009 Upper Clapton Road

August 10, 2015

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One that got away, largely due to the time.

Planning was granted for this scheme on the former tram depot site in hackney, but never built.  The scheme was presented at WAF in 2010. It could have provided more than 80 homes and upgraded B1 space in the former tram shed, with residential inserted above preserving the building and taking on ideas learnt at Morris House (2003).

Stephen Davy, Director

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2007 Abbot Data Store, Harlow

July 13, 2015

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This project (Roman House) is the larger version of a warehouse created for the same client just north of the Kings Cross redevelopment. There, we were extending an existing facility, here, we were building new.  It was an opportunity to move away form housing and examine the programme requirements for a completely different building typology and how such a large building might be phased.

Stephen Davy, Director

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2005 Downham Road

June 15, 2015

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One that got away.

The site sits at the top of the Kingsland Basin (Kings Wharf 1999). Our client tried to purchase the site.  Had he been successful, we had developed a mixed use scheme which would have met our clients requirements and those of the planning authority.  Namely, to continue the redevelopment of the basin while opening up views and access to the basin from Downham Road.  It would have been a great addition to the basin and streetscape. Unfortunately, what’s there makes little or no connection between the basin and street.

Stephen Davy, Director

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2004 Manor Farm, Reading

June 1, 2015

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A project that could have been the start of much larger urban developments.

The original intention was to produce something different and special in Reading. Unfortunately as the scheme developed the client felt a need to water down the scheme, to a point where we were not the architects to continue with it.  Looking at what has been built I think there are still elements of the masterplan in place.

Stephen Davy, Director