Walters Architects have just completed this full services commission to extend a Grade II Listed Building within a Leicestershire Conservation Area.
The clients were initially apprehensive as they had experienced some difficulties in the past in terms of the buildings listing.
After developing a clear strategy and working with the Local Authorities Conservation Officer we were able to design and deliver a scheme with which all parties are extremely happy.
It just goes to show that appointing the right people at the correct stage of a project and communicating in a clear way can achieve good things.
Our clients are delighted
We are having a few drinks to celebrate moving to our new office on London Road in Leicester. If you are around from 5 – 7pm on Friday just pop in for a quick drink and say hi.
No free loaders!
During the planning and construction phases of any building project it is extremely important to appoint the right people for the right job.
It always amazes us when clients appoint unqualified personnel to undertake large projects in order to save money. This approach causes problems which could be so easily avoided.
Clients should simply ask for references, professional qualifications and look at professional indemnity insurance to see which types of work there consultants are insured for. Not simply accept they have done this sort of thing before.
Whilst it may appear cheaper in the early stages it usually causes more problems later in the process which, in turn, cost more money and creates delays.
It is quite simple really, you need the right people for the job.
We met with one of our clients last night to discuss the sustainable technologies he wanted to incorporate into his new build home. We all arrived at the same conclusion. It will be Ground Source Heat Pumps to heat the house and provide the hot water with possibly some solar power to run the pump. Fortunately our client has 300 acres in which to house the under ground pipes so capacity shouldn’t be an issue. Can’t wait to get started on this site. We would like to be involved with more sustainable design.
Walters Architects had a very interesting conversation with an energy consultant yesterday about all sorts of technologies (ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, Bio Mass boilers etc.) but the one thing we discussed and with which we were most impressed was solar. The technology has moved on an enormous amount since we last looked at it. We just need to convince our clients to incorporate it more. It is clever stuff people.