Despite the currently challenging conditions within the UK construction industry, 105 West have remained busy throughout 2012. It is too early to know whether proposed changes to the current planning legislation will have an impact on our workload. However, the current workload remains strong and varied.
105 West Architects submitted a planning application for a student accommodation scheme in central Bristol. Working in conjunction with a Bristol planning consultant and Bristol City Council, the scheme is currently undergoing revisions. The proposed accommodation is located within the envelope of an existing, unused building and comprises of a mix of cluster units (flats) and single occupancy studio units. At ground floor level the scheme also includes a retail unit fronting onto a busy shopping street. The scheme is designed to preserve and enhance the recognised significance of the existing street scene, while providing a modern retail unit with contemporary accommodation behind the existing facade.
Planning permission has been gained for the re-development of a former public house in south Bristol, with four new build houses adjacent. The client for this project is a construction contractor and developer. It is anticipated that this development will progress through to completion.
105 West gained planning permission and building regulations approval for a new restaurant which has recently opened in the prominent retail area of Park Street in Bristol. Photographs of this premises are to be posted in the near future.
Works were recently completed on a large period property in the Clifton area of Bristol. 105 West are continuing their involvement with this property. It is proposed that a currently dilapidated former garage and cottage is to be renovated to provide a three bedroom house with integral garage.
Planning permission has been gained for alterations to an industrial premises in Keynsham, between Bristol and Bath. An established local business providing motor vehicle parts had purchased four industrial units as their new premises. New two storey office space was required within the existing units, as well as a new entrance to reflect the image of the business. This project has now moved onto the building regulations stage, with an approved inspector appointed.
A planning appeal informal hearing was recently held with respect to a project for student accommodation close to the Bristol University campus. This project was developed by 105 West in conjunction with a Bristol planning consultancy. Should the appeal be allowed, the project is likely to swiftly progress to the building regulations stage.
In addition to the above projects, 105 West have gained a number of planning permissions for extensions, alterations and conversions for residential purposes, including an application in central Cambridge. A number of these projects are now proceeding toward construction.