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Project Management & Contracts Management
The Thatches in Thurlestone, Devon. Two luxury new build homes (Plot 1 & 2), replacing a single run-down cottage on a large plot. Project Managed on behalf of Darren Roche Builders Ltd, these luxury homes feature many green initiatives including MVHR systems, wet underfloor heating and energy saving technology such as solar panels. Procured under a D&B Contract with Contractors Design - one of the challenges was to develop the feature staircase along side the Client and Contractor to achieve the sleek modern interior and still be within budget.
Conservation, Design & Space Planning & Project Management
Managed projects and budgets for the Property Department at Dartington Hall Trust. Responsible for heading-up their extensive refurbishment programme, including
The Great Hall refurbishment. Other projects highlighted above are the formation of a new hub for the 'Arts' at Dartington, which involved combining two separate, albeit adjacent buildings into one central more usable 'Space' which it was renamed as in the process. This involved major upgrades to existing Studios, a brand new Reception area, Cafe, and exhibition spaces. And of course all having to be compliant with the latest regulations, and in particular DDA accessibility. Schumacher College was another building upgrade which involved a series of complex reshuffling of lecturers, staff and students into another building, to bring the Education building into greater use, when it opened its doors to a new Economic and Sustainable Horticultural Masters degree course for students from all corners of the globe.
3-D Sketch Design & Planning Drawings
The existing Devonian schists stone store, more commonly known as 'shillet' stone, was undersized and therefore under-used, and became the main design focus for a replacement workshop store building. As the proposals were developed and 3-D sketches produced, the need for a covered parking area was also incorporated within the design at an early stage. Reference to the vernacular design within the centre of the village of Sherford, meant the design took on board more traditional features, such as oak beams, stonework and traditional brick quoins to the façade.
However, in contrast there was still an opportunity to incorporate modern design features by introducing a large duo-pitched roof light which completely enhanced the internal space, and in fact created further emphasis on the design and type of finish for the ceiling, and therefore a vaulted roof design was chosen.
Architectural Design & Building Regulations
The existing farm house was built in the 1930's in an older style to reflect the vernacular and to make the most of the countryside views to the rear. The proposals were to keep the appearance of the existing rendered building, but to enhance the living arrangements internally by creating a 2-storey extension to the rear and single storey link to the side, whilst also enhancing the views from the rear over the rolling hills of the countryside.
" We already had some ideas, and Lee helped us develop these into working plans. He guided us through the planning process, including various reports needed (bats etc) and provided us with detailed drawings for construction, and advising on a Structural Engineer ". Simon Weal - owner