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Oct 2018

Phase 3 of the Care Home in Leicester

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by Kevin Walters

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The third phase of the Care Home in Leicester has started and the steel work is going in.

Walters Architects have been involved in two other extensions on the home and cant wait to see the whole thing finished.

It’s testing, being involved in new works to existing buildings, but worth it.

 

Sad News

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by Kevin Walters

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It’s a sad day for our local football club with the loss of a great and inspirational chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

He did so much for the club and the city as a whole.

He will never be forgotten by the grateful people of Leicester.

 

The Tender Process

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People always ask about our services, what’s involved and how we can tailor them for the individual clients needs. We understand architecture and construction isn’t a straight forward process but when we mention the ‘Tender Process’ (gaining construction prices) most people think it’s easy and don’t really comprehend the importance of selecting a suitably experienced builder in a thorough and professional way.

Some clients think it’s as simple as sending out our Planning and/or Building Control drawings and finding the cheapest contractor. That approach would be fine if all builders were the same. Truth is, they’re not (see attached photograph).

Lots of care goes into selecting an appropriately sized company to match the size of the project, making sure they have undertaken this type of work before, confirming they’re familiar with JCT or RIBA Building Contracts, checking if we (or the client) have worked with them before, what insurance do they carry, are they sub contractors or general building contractors, do they have references etc…

Walters Architects feel that it is at this critical stage of the process that clients actually save money by employing us to manage the pricing process. Most builders will see the importance of getting a credible and competitive quotation together for an architects in case of repeat work and no one will understand the scheme better than the people who have designed it, so who better to answer any questions the builders may have?

Should you want more information on the Tender Process or any other part of your project please just give our office a quick call.

 

 

 

What a difference a Month Makes

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People often comment on how we don’t post before and after shots of buildings.

Well just take a look  at the transformation of this kitchen. The photos were taken 4 weeks apart and in just a couple of weeks it will be finished and the old, tiny dark kitchen will be but a distant memory. The new space will make the world of difference to the client.

Single storey rear extension, new utility and kitchen in just 12 weeks. who wouldn’t want that.

And they’re off…

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Construction works have started this week on this total house refurbishment and small contemporary lounge extension in Loughborough.

The client has been really professional and gone through the whole process in a thorough manner, allowing plenty of time to secure planning, achieve Building Control approval and source the best contractor. It’s refreshing to see such an approach in a client with limited experience in construction. They have also allowed us some artistic freedom and commissioned us to over see the project.

The house is already very attractive and we cant wait to add to its charm.

A New Contemporary Home

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Walters Architects have been asked to revisit an expired planning approval and create a new contemporary dwelling to the rear of this grand house in Humberstone, Leicester.

The client requests a sustainable, modern home with three bedrooms, en suite and garage. The challenge will be to maximise the site whilst still considering the site lines, privacy issues and amenity space.

Watch this space for more details.

Office Trip to London

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We closed the office on Friday and took ourselves off to London for the day.

Whilst there we took in the new RIBA Stirling Prize winning Bloomberg building By Foster & Partners. It is stunning (what little we could see) and a worthy winner indeed.

Great day, great people, greatly inspired.

New to Leicester

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We recently read that the Mayor of Leicester is trying to bring a Boxpark to the city.

This was an idea we proposed for a speculative scheme last year. The site of the proposed scheme has since been purchased by the council. I’m sure its only a coincidence but it would be nice to be considered for the scheme if our suspicions are correct.

Either way, this is a very exciting prospect for Leicester. I just hope he can pull it off.

Another Birthday…

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by Kevin Walters

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It was exactly 150 years ago since St. Pancras Station took its first train arrival.

I’m fortunate enough to arrive at this station every time I visit London and it’s still one of my favorite Gothic  buildings.

Happy Birthday young lady!