Manchester Graffiti artist Russ Meehan adds the finishing touches to the scheme. Due to complete this summer here are a few of our preview photos.
One of the most unusual feasibility studies we have ever completed; our design team embraced the challenge to convert a 400-tonne steel hulled schooner into a unique maritime retreat. Built in 1910 for the Irish lighthouse service she served until 1966 when she was decommissioned and converted into a youth adventure training vessel.
The brief was to transform the historic tired boat into a series of classic styled living and entertaining spaces. The main deck level has large external areas with a bespoke bar located in the stern, a perfect place to relax in style. From this level, you enter the wheel house which boasts a large lounge and the Captain’s cabin; a luxury double berth with ensuite facilities. A discreet staircase from the Captain’s cabin leads you up to the bridge and a private deck level.
A spiral staircase flows down from the main deck into the lower section of the hull, where ample dining and intimate entertaining spaces are adjacent to the 6 no guest cabins with the crew quarters positioned in the stern. A challenging brief, this maritime retreat is a welcome abode for any worthy skipper!
Calderpeel and KKP are currently developing an exciting new initiative in leisure hubs for Chiltern District Council in Amersham. Chiltern District Council are currently running a public consultation on the proposals for this exciting new leisure hub, the facilities include: -
Leisure facilities, 25m pool diving pool with spectator seating and fun pool. Large fitness suite and 3 dance multi use studios, squash, dry dive and a 4-court sports hall.
Family leisure with a large café, soft play zone, clip n climb, high ropes and climbing facility.
Community facilities of a luxury spa zone, community hall, meeting rooms, function spaces, library, CAB, flexible office space, large pre-school nursery provision, physio / treatment spaces, youth centre and the children’s services offer are all located off one large cohesive central street.
The large central street and café also acts as a community display / gallery space for a wide range of exhibitions and community action programmes.
It is envisaged the new facility serves all age groups from children and young families to the University of the 3rd Age and a very wide slice of the community. As such a wide, but active spread of people are using the new facility numerous spin off activities and events will flow giving the new hub a real dynamism and energy missing from the current collection of aging and disjointed buildings spread across the site.
The production team from Modus TV was in the office all day, it was fascinating to see how another creative industry operates.
Take a look at the film ….
Come and visit us in our Sheffield Studio, if you have a head for heights take a trip on the Helter Skelter!
One of a series of houses in the area built by the acclaimed architect Richard Harding Watt.
Designed by Richard Harding Watt in the 1890s, this house was already a stunning property to behold. However, we were presented with a challenging project to extend this listed building to meet the needs of the owner’s growing family.
The extension comprised two bedrooms at lower ground floor, with an open plan living space at ground level, housed within a dramatic shard structure clad in zinc. The scheme creates an intelligent contemporary response to our client’s needs and the site and creates a dialogue between the old and new.
Our design team drew on their conservation expertise to provide a viable solution to extending this unusual heritage property.
Photography by Beccy Lane - Positive Image Photography
Derbyshire Police & Fire Service have recently moved into their new HQ, this is what our client said ....
'Everyone is totally delighted with the building, it exceeds all expectations, without exception everyone considers it a great achievement'. Terry Neaves, Director of Finance, Derbyshire Constabulary HQ
Photography by Beccy Lane - Positive Image Photography
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.
CGI created by www.gregrobinson.co.uk
Architectural Design Q&A with Ewen Miller
Ewen is interviewed by Tophatch , the developer of the Concepts sketching app.
We were appointed by Inacity at the initial feasibility design stage to develop a concept masterplan for a landmark hotel and residential development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have recently completed 11 new build fire stations for Stoke and Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Authority. The PFI2 project consists of a total of 11 fire stations (1-6 Bay stations) ranging across the counties, from Kinver to Leek.
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.
This development will see a derelict site in Wolverhampton, transformed into an inspiring short breaks facility for disabled children and young people for Progress Care Solutions.
Terry Foster our BIM/Revit Manager presented the following training sesson at the Manchester Revit User group MRUG meeting on Thursday 25th May 2017.
Session 1 – Unusual Modelling Techniques for efficient BIMs. Demonstrating how Calderpeel are reducing modelling time and file sizes to maximize efficiency in practice and maintain a standard procedure for all BIM 1 &2 Projects in line with recommendations laid out in BS1192 and PAS 1192-2.
Revit Tips and Tricks – Improving Modelling Speed and Minimizing File Sizes.
Part 1: Introduction – Terry Foster, BIM/Revit Manager Calderpeel Architects
Part 2: Surface Sub Elements – ‘Ramp/Roof/Floor’ Explaining how to create sub regions with Floor and Roof Elements to achieve tricky elements like graded/ ramped approach floors/ramps and tapered insulation roofs with variable components.
Part 3: Curtain Wall tricks - elaborating on the use of curtain wall as a host for complex timber features and carcase models. Focusing on modelling tricks to speed up the process save memory.
Part 4: 3d details – Walls ‘Create Parts’ for walls used as a design tool to demonstrate exploded details and 3d representation.