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Slindon, South Downs National Park - Private Dwelling
We are delighted to announce that Colman Architects have completed a substantial new house in the South Downs National Park. The new house is situated on a large plot in the village of Slindon, a particularly sensitive location within the National Park. Whilst the design is unashamedly contemporary in nature, it has adopted design elements from the local village architecture. It has also used a palette of local materials including flint, slate and stained timber. The final design provides an exciting, modern family home while complementing the building stock in the local area. The client commented: “It has been a long, hard process to achieve planning for the site. Colman Architects have been resilient and determined throughout and the resultant design is wonderful. Our family are really looking forward to living in this beautiful, modern house.”
King Henry's Road, Camden, London, NW3
44/44A King Henry's Road, Primrose Hill, is a large, four-storey residential property that provides the home for the vicarage serving St. Mary's Primrose Hill parish, together with a small private studio flat in the basement. Colman Architects has been appointed by the Diocese of London to work on the development to refurbish and improve the interior of the building to provide a more compact and efficient new vicarage on the upper levels over a larger, better-presented one-bedroom flat below. Wheelchair access for visitors will be introduced from the street up to the vicarage and a new external staircase will provide a connection between the vicarage's reception areas and the rear garden. The basement flat will benefit from a new external terrace providing some improved external amenity space. A Full Planning Application has just been submitted for these external works. The thermal performance of the fabric will be improved and the existing windows will be replaced throughout with new ones to match in appearance. The introduction of new ASHP-powered heating, some roof-mounted PV panels and an MVHR system will improve the Energy Rating of both properties to a "B".
12 Porchester Place, Connaught Village, London, W2
We have reached completion on the reconfiguration and refurbishment of a Grade II Listed Georgian Terrace over the Basement, Ground, 1st, 2nd & 3rd floors to create a new 2 story Retail unit and 3 story, 3 bedroom apartment at 12 Porchester Place, Connaught Village, London. The project was completed just 6 months after planning consent was given.
Student Village - Moor House School & College, Oxted, Surrey
Moor House School & College is a co-educational, non-maintained day and residential special needs school for children with severe speech and language impairments. Located at Hurst Green in Surrey, it provides help and a nurturing environment for students all over the south of England. It receives no Government funding for its building projects. Colman Architects proposed a solution outside the scope of the original school brief which included limited residential improvements and an additional group of buildings. Taking a strategic approach, Colman Architects’ proposal would meet the brief but also re-organise the main school functions on a better footing going forward. Colman Architects realised that the students’ educational needs could all be accommodated within the existing central school buildings if the residential bedrooms were moved out. This move would also allow for modernisation of the residential facilities as individual bedrooms in houses instead of the existing, outdated, less homely dormitories. The first phase of the future vision of Moor House School & College was approved by the school enabling the residential village to start the phased improvements which opened in 2016. The Student Village consists of three 3-storey boarding houses with connecting common rooms to replace the existing second floor dormitory provisions; a new medical centre; and a student centre for use by both day and residential students. Future Phases for the project include new classrooms and a therapy suite. “We were/are very happy with Colman Architect’s quality of work and punctuality. In particular, we enjoyed working with Dave and Simon who were excellent in customer services and relationships.” — Dr Fariba Kellaway, Head of Capital Appeals, Moor House School & College
Phase 3 - Elmsleigh Shopping Centre, Staines-Upon-Thames
Phase 3 - Colman Architects is continuing to work closely with the Borough of Spelthorne and clients Clerical Medical Investment Group in the successful transformation of the Elmsleigh Centre in Staines, Middlesex. Spelthorne are freeholders of the Centre, with a 125 year lease granted to CMIG. The multi-phased development strategy of the Elmsleigh Centre forms the initial component of our Master plan to expand Staines town centre, in accordance with Spelthorne’s Planning Brief. Planning Consent was granted for the Phase 3, extension, to the South Mall. This includes 125,000 sq./ft. of residential development comprising 124 apartments, of which at least 43 will be affordable. All units have been pre-assessed to level 3*** of the Code for Sustainable Homes and are also designed as Lifetime Homes. Two new retail units (of 50,000 sq./ft. and 19,000 sq./ft.) anchor the South Mall extension which integrates the new Bus Station.
11 Connaught Street, Connaught Village, London, W2
Our 24th Planning & Listed Building Consents for the Church Commissioners for England within Connaught Village were approved by Westminster City Council in May 2021. These proposals will create a new Retail unit and 2-storey Apartment within this Grade II Listed Georgian terrace. Our Tender information has now been completed and construction is programmed to start on 23rd May 2022 and to be completed by 23rd December.
42 Conduit Street, London, W1S
Our Planning and Listed Building Consent applications have been submitted to Westminster City Council for the reconfiguration, refurbishment, environmental upgrade, and provision of external amenity spaces within this Grade II Listed Building to enhance its attractiveness to contemporary occupiers of high-quality workspace and residential accommodation. Works are currently programmed to commence in Spring 2024 and be completed by the end of that year.
We have received 28 Planning Permissions/Listed Building Consents recently from Westminster Council for Connaught Village. The first was for a two story Retail unit and three bed town house within a Georgian Terrace at 12 & 3 Porchester Place. A two story Art Gallery at 5A Bathurst Street followed, together with two story Retail Units at 7, 8, 10 and 14, Porchester Place, 11, 12, 14, 17, 21, 24, 25, 27, 35, 39, 44 61 & 65 Connaught Street and 2 Bathurst Street (all within Georgian terraces). We also obtained Planning Permission for the conversion of a former N.C.P. to create a new 60,000 sq./ft. Safestore within the Water Gardens, the refurbishment of a prominent Restaurant at 17-20 Kendal Street and created a new, 4,000 sq./ft. health and fitness studio at Burwood Place.
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
Colman Architects was asked to investigate the possibilities to improve an area within Letchworth that was deemed to not positively contribute to the Town Centre. Our response sought to improve the critical mass of the retail by providing larger shops that will attract both national and international retailers. In addition, the proposals reinforced the historical leisure uses to the south of the site by creating a new Town Square with surrounding restaurants and cafes, adjacent to the Grade II listed Hall. The budget cost for this mixed use development was £60m and included 80,000 sq./ft. of retail space and 8,000 sq./ft. of leisure facilities. 365 underground car parking spaces would be provided for the 250 contemporary residential units made up of flats, maisonettes and penthouse apartments, surrounded by landscaped gardens. The project incorporate sustainable measures that would not only affect the design and construction processes but also the lifetime cost of running the building.
Collier House, Knightsbridge, London, SW3
Following the successful completion of the refurbishment of the ground and first floors of this building, to provide two retail units, Colman Architects was appointed to give the building a much needed face lift to the Elevations and provide six new luxury apartments on the second and third floors. The works also included the existing landlord’s areas and a residential entrance to give the entire building a long awaited contemporary design. The modern interiors, bathrooms and kitchens contributed to all units being sold before completion and attracting premium sale price.
St. Mark's Vicarage, Teddington, London, TW11
Colman Architects has been appointed by the Diocese of London for the construction of a new two-storey vicarage in the grounds of St Mark’s Church in Teddington. The proposed vicarage will become the residence for the vicar at St Mark’s Church, and as such will also offer public facilities for the vicar to hold meetings and events as required in their role. The building will be built to high sustainability standards reflecting the Diocese’s resolution to work towards “net zero” development for their property portfolio. Included in the development will be the provision of private amenity space for the vicarage, together with a garage for on-site parking. The site will be landscaped and planted to a high standard and public access to the parish community workshops will be retained by providing a new footpath across the site that will link to the existing one that runs behind the Site.
24 Connaught Street, Connaught Village, London, W2
Our Eleventh construction project within Connaught Village, for the Church Commissioners for England, was completed in August 2021. Godfrey Martin worked safely throughout the pandemic to reconfigure and fully refurbish the Basement to 3rd Floors and external fabric of this Grade II Listed Georgian terrace to create a high quality 2-storey Retail Unit and 3-storey 3 Bedroom Apartment.
14-18 Newton Road, Bayswater, London, W2
Our Material Amendment Planning Application has been approved by Westminster City Council. This enhances design and landscaping details and amends the Energy Strategy within our 2018 Planning Permission for the London Diocesan Fund to create a Medical Centre and 9 Apartments within this sensitive Bayswater location. “We are delighted that Westminster Council has approved our application to regenerate the Newton Road Medical Centre and deliver new accommodation for the local area. We have worked constantly with the medical practice and neighbours in bringing forward the proposals. Once complete the rehomed medical centre, operating from purpose-built accommodation, will be able to increase its provision and continue to support the local community.” — William Hagger - Diocese of London
84-90 Lordship Lane, Dulwich, London, SE22
We obtained Planning consent for the extension and conversion of this 3-storey, concrete framed and brick-clad building on the western side of the Lordship Lane, Dulwich. The existing building comprised a frozen food store (Iceland) at ground floor and predominantly vacant office space on the upper floors. The redevelopment extended the existing Iceland supermarket and changed office and residential space on upper floors into eight new two-bedroom flats. The enlarged ground floor provided an improved unit for the incoming Marks and Spencer Food Hall. The M&S store used the entire original ground floor space as sales area. The new extension to the rear provided space for ancillary accommodation with goods handling and storage, staff areas and cold rooms. Above the store, dividing the floor plan of the existing first and second floor levels into four allowed the formation of eight 2-bedroom flats within the envelope of the existing building. Access to the upper floors and the new flats was relocated to the rear of the building. The flats were approached via a first-floor amenity space on the roof of the retail extension.
Clarendon House, Stamford New Road, Altrincham
Planning approval has been granted by Trafford Council for the conversion of a vacant office building to create 60 new apartments at Clarendon House, Stamford New Road, Altrincham. Careful consideration was given to the design ensuring that the extended building and redesigned elevations responded to its surrounds, taking into consideration the Listed Buildings and Conservation Area in close proximity. Colman Architects’ design maximises the existing floor plate to meet demand for 1 and 2 bedroom flats at this important town centre transport hub. The design extends the main volume and adds two new floors to the top of the existing building. These will be predominantly glazed for maximum visual impact.
Ladygate Lane, Ruislip
Our Detailed Planning Application to create 4 new Family (3 x 3 Bed and 1 x 4 Bed) Homes was unanimously approved by Hillingdon’s Planning Committee. This sensitive site required a finely balanced design to provide high quality accommodation whilst protecting trees, maintaining separation distances to neighbouring properties and satisfying height/massing and highways requirements.
Colman Architects developed a mixed use scheme in Walthamstow which incorporated a new 50,000 sq./ft. Central Library and 70,000 sq./ft. of retail and restaurant units, a 20,000 sq./ft. fitness club and 32 apartments. The London Borough of Waltham Forest selected Henry Boot Developments as the preferred development partner in February 2001 from a short-list of developers following the submission of detailed proposals. The distinctive form of the Library and the dramatic 3-storey glazed entrance formed the visual focus of the design and created a signature building.
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