Walters Architects are currently working on 11 new apartments over an existing retail unit in Leicester City Centre.
The contractors have made good progress and the first floor arrangement is being set out. Despite the quick progress, I think we will all feel a little better when there is a roof on.
It hasn’t been a straight forward scheme but we are looking forward to seeing this project unfold.
Walters Architects have just photographed this single storey copper house extension which was completed last year.
The house is a Listed Building and already had a curved copper detail to a curved masonry element of the building which was inspirational to our design and detail.
Our client had an open mind regarding the solution and the conservation officer was more than supportive of the design.
Originally the copper was harsh and felt a little alien but now the patination process has started we are really happy with the results.
It wasn’t a conventional approach but this is what Walters Architects do.
This design for a new contemporary home in Leicester was submitted for Planning Permission last month by Walters Architects and we (the client, Planning Consultant, Conservation Officer and our practice) are all excited to see what the planners think of it over the coming weeks.
The new home is set within a Conservation Area so some Heritage works were required and we worked closely with the Local Authorities Conservation Team and Planning Department to give ourselves the best chance of success.
We have a planning decision date for the 19th September but hope to have some comments from the Council before then.
It is a lovely design with which the client are delighted. Fingers crossed the Planners will like it as much.
Walters Architects have recently gained planning permission for this new build contemporary home in Leicestershire and we are now working on the Building Control application.
The house consists of a double height living space, library, three bedrooms and an internal swimming pool and is in a lovely rural setting.
There is a little more work to do but we are almost there.
We cant wait to see it on site.
I wrote about external cladding yesterday on our blog and forgot to mention the positive effect a refurbishment of this sort can have on a place. This kind of project can revitalise an area and contribute considerable to local attitudes about public spaces.
These are images of the Leicester Mercury Building (newspaper) in my home town of Leicester (obviously) which it was argued should have been pulled down and an alternative building built in its place.
It was a brilliant kick start to regenerating the area and i think most will agree it is a fantastic looking building now.
One of my favorite buildings in its current guise, although I did kind of like the old building as well.
There is a lot of bad press regarding external building cladding in the news at the moment, and justifiable so. The tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London, just over two weeks ago, were truly shocking and although we are only at the early stages in the the investigation it would appear that the external cladding helped the fire to spread quickly on the outside of the building and encase the helpless occupants.
My only hope is that we don’t give up on the idea of external cladding (or high rise living) as a knee-jerk reaction to these events but instead we learn from this tragedy and a much safer solution evolves.
External cladding isn’t a bad idea, it obviously needs to be vastly improved in terms of fire rather than simply concentrating on insulation, it has so much going for it. Cladding a building externally helps reduce disruption to occupants (very important in a place like London), maintains floor area and is much more cost effective than stripping out an existing interior to line the inner walls. It isn’t ideal but there must be a way to resolve the risks.
Our hearts go out to those effected by the fire and we hope all the survivors find permanent and suitable homes as soon as possible.
Walters Architects refurbishment to this Grade II Listed Building in Leicestershire is now complete. Whilst the project only involved a single room it was a very involved and detailed scheme taking over four months of construction. The house was formally a butchers shop and accommodation which had previously enclosed the shop element. Our design has reinstated the original carcass wheel, introduced a contemporary angled roof light and incorporated new floor to ceiling cupboards with secret doors to another room and the garage. We are all (client, contractor, architect) very happy with the results. Walters Architects love working with historical buildings.