Situated in the heart of Whitstable’s conservation area the extensive refurbishment and renovation of an existing Victorian terrace cottage provided a high spec family home. The proposals involved re-modelling the interior space to provide a Building regulations compliant stair case, utility and bathroom. A new two storey extension to the rear of the building contained a generous kitchen diner with direct access onto the newly landscaped garden at ground floor and a new master bathroom at first floor level.
Kent Cultural and Learning Hub
This innovative re-imagination and connection of two prominent town centre buildings will provide a new Cultural Hub. The project brings together the Library, Museum, Adult education, Gateway, registration and Tourist information services into one complex. The proposals involve the creation of an impressive barrel vaulted link building and a new extension to house the sensitive Archive and Temporary Exhibition spaces. The scheme will breath new life into much loved and well used historic buildings. This project is being carried out in partnership with Purcell.
The project involved the reorientation and re-imagination of the entrance to the existing fort. A new earth covered entrance building containing a cafe was located outside the fort and an impressive introductory gallery was created within the fort walls (pictured). The project was awarded two RIBA awards in 2012 including their conservation award.
Whitstable Maritime Discovery Centre
Whitstable is defined by the sea. Pride in the town’s maritime tradition is a basis on which future prosperity and social cohesion can be built.
The proposed Maritime Discovery Centre will interpret the town’s maritime heritage, promote responsible tourism, and encourage active learning about the future of this coastal community.
The building will contain exhibits, workshops, educational facilities and a cafe. The use of renewable technologies will also ensure that it’s carbon footprint is minimised.
The proposed design takes full advantage of the unique harbour location with panoramic views out to the estuary and across the foreshore.
The form of the building has been generated to take advantage of views of the surrounding marine environment whilst maximising the generous area of the south facing roof aspect for photovoltaics. It's simple form reflects the harbour’s industrial past and using traditional and modern materials is suggestive of the surrounding buildings on the harbour.
The design for the Discovery Centre includes:
· Panoramic facade and an observation area with views over the Thames Estuary, sea lanes and foreshore
· sustainable energy sources include; photovoltaic panels on the south facing roof used for generating electricity for the building and potentially an income,
· Marine source heat pump and potential for tidal power
· A green roof providing habitats for marine wildlife
· A pontoon, slipway and moorings for traditional vessels
· A circulation and merchandising area, toilets and cloakroom facilities with access for disabled people
· A resource and study area
· A ninety square metre classroom for class investigations and group activities
· A workshop is provided for teaching of traditional boat building
Archive and library, Hull
Private House, Kent
The renovation and extension of this existing Grade I listed building and scheduled monument involved the demolition of the existing service wing of the building and the creation of a new, fully glazed living, dining, kitchen space adjacent to a linear orangery. An extensive landscaping scheme was also proposed including water features and a new swimming pool. Due to the sensitivities of the site we worked closely with Archaeologists, Historians, ecologists, Historic England and the LPA to gain a full understanding of the site. The proposals were developed in conjunction with and responded to the site investigations and consultations. Planning and Scheduled Monument consent were granted in 2016.