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Summer 2010 Update

105 West Architects are busier than ever, with a wide variety of projects and new premises. For details of our new address, please go to the contact page. Some projects which had been put on hold through the depths of the UK recession have started up again, but a strong influx of new projects has been seen since the start of spring.

Suburban Residential Scheme
A feasibility study for scheme of nine new flats in two separate buildings has been completed and a planning application has been submitted. The scheme is in a suburb to the east of Bristol and is currently intended to be a contemporary intervention into a rather bland street scape.

Residential Bristol New Build

Alterations to a Large Rural House
105 West Architects have been appointed for a project to extend and carry out extensive alterations, both internal and external, to a large rural property north of Bristol. The existing property does not entirely suit the requirements of the current owners and the development of the property in the past has lead to some rather disjointed elevations. Planning permission has been granted for the scheme, which is set to very rapidly move on to building regulations and construction.

New Build House
Following a protracted process to obtain highways permissions, the start of construction for this project is imminent. The result will be a five storey house split into two large maisonettes at the end of a grade 2 listed terrace in the Clifton area of Bristol.

Performing Arts Centre
The client had previously experienced problems gaining listed building permissions, 105 West Architects were contacted to carry out a historic assessment and provide supporting planning documentation for a former licensed premises in the Brislington area of Bristol. Listed building consent has now been granted for the former public house to become the new centre for the Bristol School of Performing Arts.

Residential Development
A potential residential development in the central area of Bristol is moving from the pre-application design stages to the commencement of the planning design and consultation stage.

Extension of House and New Annexe
A substantial house in central Bristol has been purchased with the intention of replacing the existing extension to the property and introducing a new annexe building in the grounds. 105 West have submitted a planning application for the replacement extension and are in the process of moving from the feasibility stage to the preparation of a planning application for the annexe building.

Contemporary Extension Annexe Bristol

Listed Buildings
Listed building consents have been gained for alterations to top floor property overlooking the Avon Gorge and the Clifton Suspension Bridge and alterations to a property on the village green in Shirehampton. Building regulations approval has also been gained for the Shirehampton property. Both projects are moving to the construction phase.

Day Nursery
Construction is nearing completion for a day nursery in a large listed building in the Clifton area of Bristol. The nursery is due to open for business by the end of the summer 2010.

Winter 2009/2010 Update

The majority of 2009 was a difficult period for the construction industry as a whole, with the recession having a major impact on all private development. Despite the problems of the market place, 105 West have maintained and consolidated their position within the Bristol area.

Commercial
105 West have gained planning and listed buildings permissions for the conversion of a substantial grade 2 listed villa from commercial offices to a day nursery. This project in Clifton required sensitive adaptation of the existing building and restoration of some original features as well as highways alterations in the area of the access to the site.
105 West have also submitted the building regulations application. Works are about to commence on site.

Nursery Commercial Clifton Bristol Refurbishment Change of Use

Urban Regeneration
A run down large former public house in central Bristol is to be converted to residential use. This project is currently in the feasibility stage with the size of the project yet to be defined. However, it is likely the development will be in the region of 50 bedrooms, split over a number of residential units with a substantial new build element.

Domestic
A history of difficulties gaining permission to carry out alterations to a grade 2 listed property on the outskirts of Bristol prompted the house owner to contact 105 West. Listed buildings consent has been gained for first floor alterations to the rear of the property.

Sheltered Housing
This project has moved from a feasibility study to the final stages of preparation for a planning submission for 8 sheltered housing units. The proposed development is within registered Park and Garden situated in a conservation area, adjacent to a large property used as a nursing home. Informal pre-application discussions with the local authority and the Garden Historic society have informed the nature of the proposed development. The proposed development is a combination of a traditional central structure reflecting the historic development of the site, with visually light contemporary additions.

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Affordable Housing
A feasibility study is being carried out by 105 West for a development of 24 affordable housing units in a village in South Gloucestershire. The feasibility stage is nearing completion and is likely to lead to a planning application for the scheme in early 2010.

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Domestic
Planning permission has been gained for the extension and alteration of a property in a Bristol suburb. These alterations added one study, one bedroom, two en-suite bathrooms, a breakfast room and a utility area. The scheme also added a pitched roof above the original flat roof adding an additional floor to the property. 

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Spring 2009 Update

As we head toward what will hopefully be a long and warm summer, 105 West are busy working on a number of projects in a steadily widening number of market sectors. Recent months have seen further work in the established residential, domestic and student accommodation markets as well new healthcare work.

New Build Housing
105 West have gained planning permission for innovative contemporary housing on a challenging site on the outskirts of Bristol. The site had a history of failure to gain planning permission due to its very sensitive nature, being adjacent to a Grade One listed National Trust group of cottages. 105 West were approached because of their successful track record of working with listed buildings and within challenging constraints. Following detailed negotiations with the local authority planning department, conservation department, English Heritage and the National Trust, planning permission was granted in April 2009.

New Build Contemporary Green Roof Bristol Listed Buildings

Healthcare
105 West have been appointed to convert a substantial Grade Two listed property from a house into a medical consultants clinic. This project involves the addition of a lift to provide access to the upper floors of the listed building, the replacement of the existing dilapidated outbuildings and the conversion of the interior spaces. As well as consultancy rooms, meeting rooms, treatment rooms and administration facilities, a number of large and complex pieces of equipment will need to be accommodated within the scheme. Feasibility has been completed and strategy agreed with the conservation department of the local authority. Scheme design is now underway.

New Farmhouse

Planning permission has been granted for a new farmhouse in rural south Wales. The previous farmhouse did not provide wheelchair access, which had resulted in difficulties for the family who run the farm and occupy the house. Due to the cost required to renovate and alter the previous building, the decision was taken to demolish and replace the house with a new home which would provide the levels of comfort and access required, while being a highly sustainable construction designed to be a modern interpretation of the local rural aesthetic.
105 West are now in the process of preparing the building regulations application for this project.

New Build Farmhouse South Wales

Student Accommodation
A feasibility study is being carried out to convert two existing buildings in a central Bristol location to provide student accommodation. This project is at a very early stage, but appears likely to proceed given the potential of the feasibility scheme.

Sheltered Housing
105 West were commissioned to carry out a feasibility study for the construction of a small sheltered housing scheme attached to an existing residential nursing home. The preliminary scheme has received positive informal feedback from planning consultants and the local authority. The brief for the scheme is being developed in conjunction with the client.

Domestic Projects
Two domestic projects are currently under construction, with both projects due to be completed by the summer.

Winter 2008 Update

Since the summer update, 105 West have been working on a number of interesting projects, in urban, suburban and rural areas. Projects have ranged from city centre mixed use developments to individual rural houses.

As well as completing a variety of building designs, 105 West have been issuing tenders and managing and administering on site construction.

Mixed Use Development
Final preparations are underway for the submission of a planning application for a mixed use brownfield development in central Bristol. The proposals comprise residential units, commercial spaces, student accommodation and heritage refurbishment works.

Mixed Use Residential Commercial Bristol

Refurbishment and New Build
This project, involving the construction of a new four storey link structure, combined with the complete refurbishment and rearrangement of two existing villas, has been completed under budget. The buildings are fully occupied and the end of defects period is approaching.

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Domestic Projects
Three domestic projects are currently either under construction or due to commence construction by mid January 2009. These projects vary from internal alterations to a city centre listed building to the extension of a rural home. The scope of the projects vary widely, with the requirement for high quality design being the common link between them.

New build housing
Amongst a number of residential developments which are currently in design, a planning application is being developed for three individual contemporary houses on a highly sensitive site. 105 West have been working closely with the local authority, English Heritage and the National Trust to develop a scheme which complements and reflects the surrounding area.

Summer 2008 update

During the past few months 105 West Architects have been
busy progressing our existing projects, managing and administering works on
site, securing planning and listed buildings permissions and bringing in new
work.

105 West have been producing
designs for a number of exciting sites, both new build and refurbishment, as well as working on various domestic projects.

Domestic projects
The design approach to each domestic project is unique, being defined by the desires of the client and the context of the existing building. Aesthetic approaches employed have varied from the traditional to high end contemporary minimalism. The scope of the domestic works carried out have included the conversion of unused roof spaces, extensions to existing properties and the reconfiguration of internal arrangements.

New build house

Planning permission has been granted for a five storey building occupying the
end of a grade 2 listed terrace. The project required sensitive design involving
close liaison with the local authority planning, conservation and highways
departments. The new building provides contemporary family living spaces in two
large maisonettes within a seemingly traditional building.

Refurbishment and new build

An unsympathetic two storey structure between two villas has been replaced with
a four storey structure which references the adjacent traditional buildings. A
more contemporary appearance is created to the private rear gardens. The new
four storey link structure, combined with the complete refurbishment and
rearrangement of the existing villas, provides eight modern city centre flats.
Construction is due to complete in July of 2008 and is expected to be completed
under budget.

Refurbishment and new build
Planning permission has been granted for upgrading and extending an existing
residential block. The existing building detracts from a conservation area and
creates a external areas which, due to poor design and a lack of care, are
subject to antisocial activities. The proposals include re-cladding the
exterior of the existing building, creating two new residential units with
external terraces at roof level, the addition of six new build units adjacent
to the existing building and landscaping the external spaces.

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Approved scheme

Selected Projects

Rural refurbishment, alteration and extension
This substantial rural property north of Bristol required complete refurbishment, internal and external alteration as well as extension. The work to the property was completed to provide a grand house with a high quality specification.

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1531 Kitchen

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New build and refurbishment mixed use scheme
This
city centre scheme utilises a brownfield site to provide new build
residential units and employment spaces. As well as the new
construction, the scheme includes the reinstatement and restoration of a
number of important heritage retail frontages and the internal
rearrangement of a number of existing buildings.

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Commercial
105 West gained planning and listed buildings consents for the conversion of a substantial grade 2 listed villa from commercial office space to a day nursery. The project in the Clifton area of Bristol required sensitive negotiation. Works are complete with the nursery now established and operating successfully.
 

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Residential refurbishment and new build
The refurbishment of two Victorian villas and the construction of a new four storey link structure has been completed under budget. Upon completion, the buildings were immediately fully occupied.

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New build Urban Townhouse
105 West gained planning permission and listed buildings consent for a new five storey townhouse attached to the end of a grade 2 listed terrace. The sensitive nature and historic context of the site required close liaison with the local authority, conservation groups and the highways department. The new townhouse provides contemporary living spaces within a modern building with a traditional external appearance which carefully matches the buildings in the listed terrace. Construction is complete and the new properties have been occupied since summer 2011.

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New build houses
Planning consent has been granted for three contemporary, low impact family houses in a suburban area of Bristol. The development is in a highly sensitive location and the scheme was developed in liaison with English Heritage and the National Trust as well as the local authority.

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Extension to rural cottage
A contemporary extension to a rural cottage in North Somerset provides a transition space from interior to exterior as well as a first floor roof terrace. The terrace is protected by a frameless glazed balustrade.

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Suburban new build and refurbishment
Planning permission has been granted for extending and upgrading an existing residential block. The existing building detracts from the conservation area in which it is situated as well as creating external spaces which are subject to antisocial behaviour. The proposed refurbishment includes re-cladding the exterior and adding two new residential units with private external terraces. The new build extension comprises 6 residential units with associated landscaping, designed to visually enhance the development and remove the existing problematic external spaces.

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New Build Housing

This project in south Bristol has been granted planning permission. Detailed design of the scheme is under way prior to proceeding toward construction. A former public house is to be converted to a cafe at ground floor with flats in the upper floors. The former car park and outbuildings provide space for four contemporary houses, each with both gardens and high level external terraces.


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One off new build rural house
105 West have been appointed to design a substantial new farm house in South Wales. The house is to be a contemporary design reflecting the local vernacular, accommodating the needs of a working modern farm.

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Domestic refurbishment
A victorian terraced house has previously been altered poorly, with a confused layout and a loft conversion which did not meet building regulations. The loft was structurally upgraded, with the addition of improved access and an en-suite shower room. The layout of the first floor was extensively rationalised with a new study room and refurbished bathroom. The ground floor gained a toilet and a vastly improved relationship with the garden, including a new terrace.

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Rural affordable housing scheme
A feasibility study carried out by 105 West for a development of 24 affordable housing units in a village in South Gloucestershire. Due to funding issues the scheme was not implemented.

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Extension to a listed building
This extension to a grade 2 listed home provides guest accommodation as well as a generous living and working space. The extension utilises the steep contours of the site, with a grass roof at the level of the existing house. The new building is accessed from the existing house through a lightweight glazed link. A large single opening to the front elevation provides access to the main garden, while the green roof provides a new garden immediately accessible from the existing house. An area of walk on glass gives light to the rooms to the rear of the extension. The considered detail design is paramount in producing a high quality example of minimalist contemporary architecture set in a historic context.

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About

105 West Architects are an established Architectural practice based in central Bristol. We believe in providing considered and appropriate design solutions tailored to the requirements of our clients, using good design to maximise the potential of each project.

With a wealth of experience in the local area, 105 West Architects are ideally placed to quickly assess potential projects and advise on the most suitable course of action, whether designing new build projects or refurbishing and adapting existing buildings.

The members of 105 West Architects have a strong track record in the area of listed buildings, conservation and heritage work. Allied with this expertise are excellent contemporary design skills and the experience to judge whether traditional or contemporary design is appropriate for a given situation. We have a thorough knowledge of traditional and modern construction techniques as well as a keen awareness of environmental impact and performance. This level of understanding allows us to successfully manage projects from feasibility, through construction to completion.

We build strong relationships with clients, contractors and other construction industry consultants, with repeat business being at the core of our company. Relationships with new clients usually come from personal recommendations and reputation. Our belief in building relationships extends to working closely with the local authorities, developing a mutually beneficial understanding of the requirements of local planning and conservation policies.

We have wide experience, working in many sectors. The majority of our current work is in the following areas:

  • Student accommodation
  • Residential development
  • Listed buildings
  • Commercial
  • Domestic

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105 West Architects

105 West Architects are a young Architectural practice based in central Bristol. We believe in providing considered and appropriate design solutions tailored to the requirements of our clients, using good design to maximise the potential of each project.

With a wealth of experience in the local area, 105 West Architects are ideally placed to quickly assess potential projects and advise on the most suitable course of action, whether designing new build projects or refurbishing and adapting existing buildings.

The members of 105 West Architects have a strong track record in the area of listed buildings, conservation and heritage work. Allied with this expertise are excellent contemporary design skills and the experience to judge whether traditional or contemporary design is appropriate for a given situation. We have a thorough knowledge of traditional and modern construction techniques as well as a keen  awareness of environmental impact and performance. This level of understanding allows us to successfully manage projects from feasibility, through construction to completion.

We build strong relationships with clients, contractors and other construction industry consultants, with repeat business being at the core of our company. Relationships with new clients usually come from personal recommendations and reputation. Our belief in building relationships extends to working closely with the local authorities, developing a mutually beneficial understanding of the requirements of local planning and conservation policies.

We have wide experience, working in many sectors. The majority of our current work is in the following areas:

  • Student accommodation
  • Residential development
  • Commercial
  • Domestic