DERBYSHIRE POLICE & FIRE HEADQUARTERS
Following a competitive selection process the design team were selected by Derbyshire Police Force from a short list of around twenty. Calderpeel Architects led the process and worked closely with the police force to explore their accommodation aims and options. Refurbishment options were explored and rejected because of the ageing building stock. Once the decision had been made, fairly early on in the design process to also house the fire service it was apparent that the site required a significantly sized new building.
Now the building form and position are evident it does appear an obvious solution. However managing to create an appropriate scaled building that would accommodate the personnel, link to the existing buildings and pay due respect to the adjacent listed buildings was a challenge to which the team rose.
The creation of a dynamic plan form divided but united by an atrium. It is a building that is not only functional but also has a number of faces linked by a common architecture but responding differently to the site.
A development that will see a derelict site in Wolverhampton transformed into an inspiring short breaks facility for disabled children and young people has been granted planning permission.
The service, based at the site of a former petrol station in Stourbridge Road, Springhill, will offer a place for disabled children and young people to enjoy quality time away from home, while giving their families respite from care giving.
Commissioned by Wolverhampton City Council, the children’s short breaks service includes six bedrooms, a state-of the-art sensory technology room and a quiet room, as well as a lounge, dining room and kitchen.
The three-storey building also features a short breaks facility for 18-25 year olds to the first floor and five supported living apartments on the second floor for young adults with additional support needs, to enable them to live as independently as possible.
We entered the Eastbourne The Huts design competition because the brief sounded like an exciting opportunity to exercise our design skills. We enjoy challenging ourselves, and the prospect of developing a creative response within a tight budget was a fantastic opportunity.
Our dynamic team ncludes a varied range of skills that have all been incorporated within our design delivery. Each member of the team has had an idividual input. As we all have a passion for community based schemes, the desire for the beach hut to be iconic and provide a new local facility was an extremely stimulating and rewarding project for us to become a part of.
THE DESIGN Re-bourne takes the form and shape of a traditional beach hut but that is where the similarities stop. The project has been designed to contrast sensitively with its surroundings. This project has been created to stand out as a beacon to mark the regeneration of the area.
COMMUNITY A traditional beach hut is a private facility which offers little to the community other than its presence. Re-bourne’s main aim is to offer everything it can to the community. The architecture and construction celebrates the annual local community waste collection from the beach acting as a celebration of this activity. Functionally the hut also offers a static and dynamic performance and display space as a traditional performance venue, or as a more intimate display space or a public presentation vehicle Re-bourne opens up to the community in every way possible.
MATERIALS Re-bourne is clad in gabion walls filled with a variety of recycled plastic bottles. Each of these will offer the opportunity for community groups, organisations and individuals to leave a message in, acting as a visible time capsule for the town. The rest of the building is a steel structure with galvanised steel shutters with one of the elevations given over to a translucent screen upon which will be projected images and messages. It will have power and water supply.
Photography by Mike Park.
The proposed development sympathetically
contributes to the context so the vital sense of
enclosure existent in the area is enhanced. The
scheme works with the existing topography to the
benefit of the overall design well as providing
access through the site.
Knutsford is characterised by narrow passages and
tight plots linking enclosed spaces created between
buildings. These spaces are generally given the
same importance as the buildings themselves.
The Stoke and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority PFI2 project consists of a total of 11 fire stations (1-6 Bay stations) ranging across the counties, from Kinver to Leek.
Calderpeel formed part of the Blue3 design consortium, to develop designs for each station with dedicated community facilities. The buildings are designed to appear as a family of stations reinforcing the brand identity of the fire authority, with each responding to its own particular challenging site constraints. These schemes achieved BREEAM very good.
This design is unique and has been tailored to the personal requirements of our client. Designed to contrast and compliment its surrounding within the Ashley Heath Conservation Area but to deliver an ultra modern living experience within the interior that blends seamlessly with the landscaped garden.
To take advantage of the tight site, cars, both visitor and family, are hidden to the rear and the northern boundary. A typical front door is not provided within the front elevation but instead you enter at the side which provides the opportunity of having once entered the building, long views back out to the garden. This also allows us to give the south-westerly aspect over to private external spaces instead of driveways and entrance lobbies. A curved double height Venetian plastered wall, with full glazing at high level, provides a backbone to the house and focuses the eye back onto the landscape.
With the installation of air source heat pumps and the utilisation of the swimming pool as a heat sink, this allows this building to be cheaper and easier to heat than a traditional terraced house. Systems provided by In-kontrol monitor this to maximise its efficiency.
Great care was taken with working with the interior designers, Elle Design Ltd, and the landscape architects, Planit EDC, to provide inside/outside spaces that had as much detailed design and design progression as the rest of the envelope.
Residenza, George Leigh Street, Ancoats
‘Residenza’ is a smart development of 14 new homes located on iconic George Leigh Street in the heart of Ancoats, Manchester.
This area of Ancoats is known as ‘Little Italy’ due to Italian immigrants making it their ‘residenza’ when they arrived in the mid 1800’s to work in the booming Cotton industry. Neighbouring houses on George Leigh Street have been lovingly preserved by their proud owners over 100 years of boom, bust, neglect and regeneration and, as a result, it’s one of the most coveted addresses in Ancoats.
The designs for Hillcrest’s development cast a respectful nod to their historic neighbours whilst providing a new generation of ‘red brick’ homes for a new generation of homeowner.
Fourteen four storey homes are split ‘back to back’ into two rows of seven. Each home provides spacious and light filled contemporary style accommodation over four levels and includes a modern open-plan kitchen with adjoining dining room and lounge that extends, through sliding glazed doors, onto an open air garden deck for easy al fresco entertaining.
Two bedrooms, a main bathroom plus a guest suite with en-suite and private terrace make up the second floor, whilst the top floor yields a spacious master suite with private bathroom, dressing room and it’s own balcony.
Also provided is a ground floor home office with adjoining wc and cloakroom plus an individual garage with bin store, bike racks and secure parking for two vehicles.
The new build scheme for Erdington Pool is designed to replace the existing pool on Mason Road. The new scheme is situated on Edwards Road adjoining Orphanage Road and Hart Road and is designed to give the building some prominence and a clear identity in the area.
The building has been carefully positioned on the site to minimise the impact to the neighbouring residential properties.
The entrance area is clearly visible from the main road and at the farthest point from neighbouring residential properties. The building is easily identifiable as the new Community Leisure Centre from Orphanage Road.
The car park has twelve spaces and also includes disabled parking facilities, a coach drop off for school swimming visits within the site and also benefits from two entrances to help keep the visiting traffic flowing more easily.
Landscaping will encompass new trees around the new building down three elevations and new low level planting to the car park and the surrounds. Careful design of the surrounding paving and streetscape will benefit from contrasting textures and a public realm area with bench seating.
The building has been designed to complement the local surroundings and has been reduced in height where it adjoins the neighbouring dwellings making it a suitable feature for the area.
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Inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House, Four Beeches is a magnificent natural stone, new build property with a corner turret, steeply pitched roofs, large overhanging eaves and parapet gables. Completed in 2009, this 16,700 sq.ft mansion is set in a picturesque location overlooking the Devisdale conservation area in Bowdon, Cheshire. The property sits in beautiful, mature landscaped grounds extending to approximately 2 ¼ acres.
The feature corner staircase is reminiscent of a Scottish castle, one might think entirely suitable for a family from Scotland for whom it was built. The plan has been based around a large open dining atrium, from which radiates the various reception rooms, including the luxury kitchen and bespoke circular library, through to the pool and leisure spa wing. With its seven bedrooms and dedicated staff accommodation, this truly is an exceptional house.
The materials that have been selected are of the highest quality from the beautifully crafted Ashlar Stone, to the solid oak floors with ebony stain, to the stunning polished Venetian plaster walls and the bespoke internal carpentry, all which typify the spirit of masterful detailing present throughout the house.
This mixed use development of 466 units sits on a linear site overlooking the River Mersey.
The architectural challenges presented by the site, which has a strong industrial heritage but sits within a tight urban grain, offered opportunities to create a scheme that would strive to enhance and celebrate this area.
Taking its lead from the Quay’s history of boat maintenance the analogy of a number of ‘moored residential vessels’ created the opportunity to generate a refined and exciting architectural response. ‘Floating’ above the site, the ‘vessels’ sit on stilts allowing maximum visibility across the site from pedestrian level, creating a sensitive non-obstructive parking solution and facilitating a natural flood protection by rising the first level of accommodation above ground level.
We were appointed by Inacity at the feasibility design stage to develop a concept masterplan for a landmark hotel and residential development.
We were appointed by Inacity at the initial feasibility design stage to develop a concept masterplan for a landmark hotel and residential development.
We partnered Woods Bagott architects in the design of the 60 storey hotel and residential development through the planning process due to our experience with Manchester City Council to a sucessful outcome.
The porte-cochere entrance to the hotel was a glass structure that anchored the tower at plaza level respecting and complimenting the grade 2 listed “The Place” building creating a courtyard.
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As part of the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue service PFI bid we were asked design a new six appliance bay community fire fighting facility and a new Life Skills Centre. Both to be operated individually but will have relatively complimentary uses.
Combined with the Life Skills Centre a family of architectural forms and materials are developed to create a homogenous and intelligent solution thoroughly at ease and sympathetic to its environment.
The street element is fully glazed with timber beams to take advantage of the solar energy harvesting that this site offers and to relate to the predominance of glass houses on the adjacent farms.
This openness and inclusiveness is expressed at the heart of the design concept and is the key to establishing the development’s connection to the locality. It is important that the building engages with the community to justify its presence.
All these benefits, the building’s operational requirements and the local architectural language have been investigated, analysed, celebrated and adopted to create what, the design team believe will be an architectural celebration of a fire service which wants to embrace the community, is forward looking and in which the local community can be proud.
Comprehensive conversion and fit-out of a 20,000ft2 office for a national recruitment company. The brief was to ensure that a dynamic work environment was created to help the company attract the brightest graduates to this business which recruits at a high level for the oil, gas and energy sector.
Oriented around an internal ‘village green’ the office was designed to facilitate informal congregation and break out spaces.
Working within a tight budget the scheme creates a high spec environment by exploiting each and every element and design opportunity.
This scheme proposes a sophisticated residential development in a key area of Castlefield. The project has been thoroughly considered and addresses issues such as limitations on the size of the site, and takes into account both the existing and proposed schemes in the area.
Consultation with the planning department and conservation panel has helped shape the design. Architecturally, the design provides a modern response that respects its historical context, and will have a positive impact on the continual regeneration of the Castlefield area. The built form is broken down into two identifiable masses.
The lowest of these two is located on the corner of Hulme Hall Road and along Ellesmere Street. The massing of the building within the street scene therefore steps up from Ellesmere Street to Chester Road.
Both forms are separated by a recessed, mirrored zinc panelled joint. A material firmly rooted in the present it contrasts with the brickwork and echoes the way in which the River Irwell and the Bridgewater Canal bisect Castlefield. The detailing itself represents the erosion of the external brick façade of the ‘factory building’ before revealing of the internal metal core that can either be interpreted as the machine or industry within or the canal or river that bisects Castlefield.
The brick facades are punctured by deep recessed industrial proportioned openings, paying homage to the local architecture. A grey/silver narrow brick is proposed to act as a contrast to the red/brown brickwork adjacent but to also tie the building methodology into its architectural lineage.
The site has been earmarked for redevelopment for a number of years. We have consulted with the planning department and the Poole Quays Forum to develop the current proposal which comprises 302 apartments and 8,000 sq.ft of commercial / retail space.
It is a mixture of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments with car parking to the ground floor and commercial / retail spaces to the ground and first floors.
The architectural style references Poole waterfront and its urban forms, from the timber ‘boatshed’ reflecting the historic use of the site to the ‘beach hut’ element which is repeated along the waterfront.
This elegant, 2 storey, Georgian style, country mansion replaced a tired 1950`s house, itself a replacement for the original fire damaged historic hall.
Designed for a private client the traditional Yorkshire gritstone exterior contains 14,500 ft2 of highly serviced accommodation, including a pool and leisure facility, arranged around a central domed top-lit hall, complete with a grand curving staircase.
The success of this essentially symmetrical building owes much to its carefully proportioned layout and facades, generated by a controlling section, giving ceiling heights at ground and first floors of 14 and 11 feet respectively.
Calderpeel were asked to develop a design for an innovative concept for Independent Living.
The brief was to develop a pilot scheme on a site in Cleethorpes that would appeal to people in their mid fifties, encouraging them to move out of big family homes thus relieving blocking in the market.
The idea was then to create a development that had units that adapt to residents changing needs and differing levels of care without needing too move.
A lovely rural spa location with fantastic facilities. Calderpeel worked closely with the leisure complex owners to create a bespoke luxury spa in the contemporary / classic style. We converted the underused restaurant area and meetings rooms to provide four new treatment rooms, a rasul, relaxation suite, robed dining area and new meet and greet and small intimate beauty area.
The spa theme based on local artist Thomas Gainsborough’s (1727 – 1788) beautiful landscape oil paintings. Our interior design team picked up on the colours, themes and patterns in his art work and transferred it to the wall and floor finishes, but particularly to the fabrics used on the furniture and window dressing.
The new spa combined with the unique timber panelled barn pool give visitors a very special day.