Looking to support the local Harley Gallery with their ‘Brick Wonders’ exhibition by Warren Elsmore, we agreed to take part in their ‘Beat the Architect’ challenge once again. It’s a great opportunity to be able to talk to the keen, eager, excited, animated, enthusiastic children (and their parents and grandparents!) about the route into architecture and the different jobs that relate to the role. I think many have this image of me sitting at my drawing board all day and are very surprised at the different tasks that I undertake.
Architects who share your attention to detailBehind every one of our projects there are numerous interesting stories about the people, what they do with their building and the good causes they are linked with. In this news section we bring you the stories behind these buildings…
Principal and Quinquennial Architect to this magnificent Grade I, internationally and locally, renowned church in Chesterfield, we are working with the church to preserve it for the future. The Parish Church is the largest in Derbyshire and is famous for its crooked spire, attracting visitors from around the world. St Mary and All Saints have appointed us to help develop the built heritage and to maximise its potential for the mission of the Church.
Owning a listed building can come with a number of challenges and if you are fortunate enough to own one then you may well be aware of some of them! If you are an historic building owner, then you will want to ensure that it is well maintained so that you are able to enjoy the benefits that it brings. It is therefore very important that when considering repairs or alterations that you seek professional advice.
The U3A Architecture Group has enjoyed some of its monthly meetings in the newly built Darrel Room at Trinity Hospital, so it seems very fitting that we would be invited to give a talk to the group about its concept through to completion and Carl was delighted to be able to take up the invitation to speak.
We are looking forward to attending the Celebration Service for the dedication of the new tower facilities at Cropwell Bishop on Sunday 23rd October. The service will be led by Revd Bronwen Gamble and the Rt Revd Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood and will celebrate how the new additions will open up new possibilities to welcome and serve people in the church and the community.
It has been a long wait for our clients at this vibrant church in Lenton, after the church was forced to close in August 2014 when it was discovered that dry rot in the roof beams had made it unsafe. Scaffolding was erected in and around the church for the major repairs to be carried out and since then the whole roof has been re-slated, rotten timbers replaced, structural stonework repaired and guttering improved.
A great evening was had by all on Friday night at the prestigious LABC Building Excellence Awards East Midlands 2016. The event was held at Athena, a stunning 1930’s conference and banqueting venue in Leicester and was chaired by Jayne Hall, the President of LABC, and Paul Smith, Chair of the LABC East Midlands Region. The awards were presented by Sponsors and the former England and Leicester Tigers Rugby Union Player, Graham Rowntree, who both relaxed and livened up the evening with his quick wit and jocularity.
We had a great time when we attended the official opening of the ‘Darrel Room’ at Trinity Hospital, Retford in May. Having not had particularly good weather this year, it was a surprisingly good, sunny and bright afternoon!
Always keen to see what happens with the buildings that we work on and not one to miss a party we were thrilled to be invited to both the Open Day on Saturday Feb 27th and the ‘Service of Dedication’ on Sunday Feb 28th for the newly restored All Saints Church in Otley.
Fun was had by all at the Harley Gallery today. I’ve said before that I have wanted to be an architect for as long as I can remember, and often wonder if it started with my love of LEGO® and the creations that I built. Nothing was ever built on the size or scale of the models at the Brick City Exhibition at the Harley Gallery, which has some of the world’s favourite buildings recreated in LEGO® bricks by Warren Elsmore.