York Place, Dereham Brief: To design a scheme for 8 No. affordable homes on an tight urban site. Space was at a premium on this tight site in Dereham. The site historically benefited from full planning approval for 8 no. flats, and further approval for this scheme was gained via a section 73 variation to the existing consent. The existing scheme was served by an inefficient internal core. As part of the new scheme an external staircase and walkway was introduced to improve efficiency of circulation and also provide reduced costs. One of the key elements of the client brief was to improve social interaction, both within the scheme and between the new scheme and the surrounding housing which is also managed by the client. The move away from the internal core area coupled with the introduction of recessed covered areas at the front to the dwellings encourages residents to interact with each other. Our affordable housing architects orientated the scheme around a new central landscaped courtyard, acting as a social hub for residents both old and new.
Gunton Cliff Demolishment of an existing dilapidated building to be replaced with 9 no. residential dwellings. Detail: Having been vacant for many years, the previous building on this site was very dilapidated, making the cost of renovation unviable. The design of the front aspect respects the local streetscape, with balconies providing breathtaking sea views. The building height was also designed to match the height of the adjacent properties, with Edwardian details such as the projecting bays reflecting the local vernacular. The arrangement of the bungalows at the rear of the site minimises the potential for overlooking.
St Martins Plain, Norwich Brief: To design the refurbishment and conversion of a listed building and a new contemporary 11,000sqft commercial space on the remainder of the former garage site in central Norwich. Detail: We were commissioned by Bussey and Sabberton to design the last phase of this site where development commenced in 2002. The final phase provides modern open plan offices which are supplemented by quite break out areas for meetings and staff use. The large room in the listed building provides a unique meeting room with catering facilities adjacent, enabling Howes Percival to hold events and functions for clients and staff. Challenges: The historic area and the listed building required careful consideration of design proposals and consultation with planning authorities. The development’s design achieves a seamless link between the old and new buildings.
Yarmouth Rd, Norwich Brief: to design a new 2 storey family home by subdividing the client’s existing site. The existing house was dark and cold and the client wanted to use their south facing plot to build a house that was the antithesis of this. We have designed a light 304sqm 4-bed home which maximises the views from the family rooms and roof terrace. A three bay cart shed stands adjacent to the house. Design: the materials used combine a warm pallet based on a traditional theme with a contemporary edge. The timber cladding is used to suit the tree lined site. Challenges: planning constraints provided a challenge because the site is in the rear garden of the existing house. There were also challenges to solve with regards to highways and access. The project received Broadland District Council’s Design Award (Best Individual House) 2017.
Jones’ House, Brundall Chaplin Farrant designed a large private dwelling at Brundall Gardens on the outskirts of Norwich. The 3-storey family home provides a spacious, light filled living environment which maximises the stunning views on to a private lake and parkland setting. The accommodation includes, home theatre, double height sun room, home office, four bedrooms and a home gymnasium.
Hanningfield Operations This 35,000sqft development comprises open plan office space and meeting rooms over three storeys with a full height atrium and extensive landscaped grounds. The scheme has been designed in consideration of environmental issues with features including attenuation ponds, swales and solar shading all contributing towards the developments ’Excellent’ BREEAM rating. Chaplin Farrant were employed as construction and design coordination architects for contractor ISG Jackson under a design and build contract.
Langley School, Norwich The brief for Langley School was to design a new teaching and performance building within the historic school grounds. The new facility provides the school with much needed additional teaching facilities together with a generous performance hall and café where students, teachers and parents can come together. The structure is designed to not distract from the buildings of historic value that surround it and it grows in contemporary boldness as it stretches from the delicate glazed foyer to the vibrant main hall. The building is future proofed by encompassing renewable heating and lighting options; air tightness; off site construction methods and waste recycling storage.
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By focusing on the needs and aspirations of our clients, we build long-term lasting relationships, with clients returning to work with us year after year. Our high repeat business levels demonstrate the trust and confidence that we gain from our clients and evidences our ability to deliver exceptional customer service for projects that are delivered on time, on budget whilst also exceeding expectations.
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Our head office in Norwich is an RIBA Chartered Practice, and is organised into ‘studios’ that work collaboratively and cooperatively on projects together. Headed up by the lead architect, each studio is open plan enabling informal discussions and coordination amongst a project’s team. Using the latest digital technologies, we provide innovation through continuous improvement and investment and set the benchmark for design, professional service and performance across the region.
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