Through the spring and summer of 2011, 105 West Architects have been extremely busy, with projects on site under construction, projects preparing for construction and planning applications for residential, domestic and commercial projects. Due to the increasing workload, 105 West have recently added another member to our team, allowing workload to be handled in a manageable and sustainable manner. The projects handled by 105 West are becoming more varied as the practice profile is raised.
105 West have recently been appointed to carry out a feasibility study for the conversion of a large structure in central Bristol to provide residential accommodation. This project is in the early stages, with an anticipated approximate final construction cost in the region of £3,000,000. An extensive feasibility study is expected to swiftly lead to the preparation of a scheme suitable for a planning application.
Extension to a home
Having recently completed the alterations and complete refurbishment of a period house in Bristol, 105 West have also gained planning permission for a contemporary extension to the property. The extension comprises guest facilities as well as a studio space for the owners of the house. Construction has now started on the extension, which features a highly sustainable construction and heating system.
New build townhouse
Having started construction in 2010, a new five storey townhouse is close to completion in the Clifton area of Bristol. The house completes a grade II listed terrace from which the last house had been lost in the second world war. Visually the new house follows the design of the late Georgian terrace and includes accommodation both at basement level and within the roof structure. The much of the townhouse is clad in Bath Stone, prepared and installed by local Bristol stonemasons.
In conjunction with a local planning consultant, a planning application has been submitted for a change of use and alterations to a property in a prime location in central Bristol. The client wishes to open a new lounge style cafe / bar in a former professional services office.
A completely separate application for a change of use to a central Bristol retail premises to provide a cafe is anticipated in the near future for a different client.
New Build and Conversion
A feasibility study is being completed for the conversion of a former licensed premises to flats with a up to four new build houses on the same site. The site itself is located on a main route through a popular suburb of south Bristol. As soon as the feasibility study is complete, the project will move to the preparation of a planning application. This project is being carried out in conjunction with a local planning consultant.
Following a lengthy pre-application process, final scheme design is being carried out for a residential project near Bristol city centre. The project comprises of works to an existing building to create five floors of residential accommodation plus an office unit. A new build element with a floor area almost twice that of the existing building will be attached to the existing structure, providing a further three full storeys of accommodation with a reduced area fourth floor. The planning application for this project will be submitted in the very near future.
Rural Live / Work units
A planning application is being submitted for the conversion of part of a former primary school in a village to the south Bristol. The conversion is to provide two residential units in the former school house with associated work spaces within the school buildings.
Rural Residential Property
Work is nearing completion on the extension, refurbishment and alteration of a substantial rural property located north of Bristol. The project comprises the complete internal and external refurbishment of both the main house and an associated cottage. The fenestration of the main house has been rationalised to introduce a more balanced appearance with improved proportions. A two storey extension has also been added to the property. The energy efficiency of the property has been substantially improved by the installation of insulation to the exterior of the existing solid masonry walls, with a self coloured render finish maintaining the traditional appearance of the property.
Urban Residential Development
A planning application for three new build houses on a difficult site in the Clifton area of Bristol is to be submitted shortly. The topography, plan form and surroundings of the site created a unique challenge, resulting in an equally unique solution. As soon as an on going geotechnical assessment of the site is complete, the planning application is due to be submitted.