Category Archives: Project updates

Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent

We couldn’t be happier to announce we’ve recently received Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent for the renovation and extension of this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house in Solihull, West Midlands. The original house built between 1955-59 by D. Rosslyn Harper of Yorke, Harper and Harvey for himself. Just one of many FLW inspired homes designed by the practice in the West Midlands. The site was previously refused permission three times before we were involved and working with Jon Lowe Heritage and in consultation with the 20th Century Society, we worked to develop a scheme acceptable to everyone involved.

A new master bedroom with a larger family dining space and generous kitchen were amongst our clients’ main goals for the project. We located the extension at the rear of the property to minimise the impact on the key view identified from the main road. We also suggested reinstating the originally proposed garden wall complete with a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired gate to increase privacy and security; and further shield views of the extension.

For the renovation of the existing building, our main concern was to upgrade the existing leaky single glazed windows with new fineo double glazed panels that were able to fit into the existing minimal frames. This coupled with new insulation on the flat roofs and better-insulated walls, will make the house more comfortable in winter and, due to it’s increased thermal efficiency, cheaper for the owners to run.

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Further information submitted to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council

In response to the planning report we have produced a contextual 3D model of Lower George’s Street to assess the setback of our proposal from the existing frontage and show the likely visual impact when viewed from the street. The model views have been submitted with revised drawings as part of a Further Information request from the local council.

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Competition Win!!!

We are very happy to announce that after an invited competition we have been selected to design the new Parish Rooms, adjacent to St. Mary Magdalene in the centre of Richmond, for the Richmond Team Ministry.  This is a significant new commission for the practice and we look forward to the challenges of site and brief.

Our winning scheme drew inspiration from some ancient rock sketches, perhaps scrawled by Pythagoras himself, the famous son of Samos, which we found on that Greek island….

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We have received positive comment from the 20th Century Society

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The 20th Century Society has supported our proposal for the restoration and extension of a house built in 1955 by Rosslyn Harper for himself.  The house incorporates references to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The sensitive siting and scale of the extension distinguishes from the main house while referencing Harper’s design.

Reliance Arcade has reached Practical Completion

Reliance Arcade has just been signed off as practically complete. While we’re in lock-down, we’re unable to get down to take any finished photos so here’s a throwback to one of our favourite work in progress shots. We love the effect of the light on the clear lacquered steel structure of the original 1930s standard patent glazed roof lights reflecting off the glass to the shop’s first-floor storage areas.

New project in Dun Laoghaire

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We have recently applied for permission to build a 2-storey residential property above an existing shop in the old port of Dun Laoghaire, south Dublin.

The proposal includes partial demolition of derelict buildings along the 50m site and the development will provide a large 3 bedroom family home in the commercial centre of the town.