Long Bridge Wing at Barnstaple Museum starts to take shape

Significant progress has been made on site at The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, where Ferguson Mann Architects have designed a new extension entitled the Long Bridge Wing. Construction work broke ground in July 2018 and the arrival of the structural steel work last week has been the source of much excitement, with the form of the galleries already beginning to take shape.

The Long Bridge Wing will be a two-story brick extension inspired by the aesthetic of the original 19th century Grade II listed museum to which it adjoins.


Julian Trust Night Shelter opens for use after upgrade works

After an intense 10 week contract FMA and the Trustees of the Julian Night Shelter were thrilled to see the night shelter re-open last week, following the completion of the Trust’s Night Shelter refurbishment project.  A great achievement in such a short period and huge effort from 21st Century Building Services who delivered the scheme.

The project brings a new catering kitchen capable of serving up to 100 meals a night to Bristol’s homeless, a redecorated dorm for 24 people along with new washroom, refuse, cycle storage and parking facilities.



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Acanthus Directors meet-up Autumn 2018

Director Roger Goodliff met with other Acanthus directors in Frankfurt during early October.  With Brexit never far from our minds in this European financial centre, the focus was more on sharing our combined knowledge on issues such as BIM, GDPR, and sustainability, along with preparing for the 2019 annual Acanthus Conference next year being held in Belfast.


Filton Airfield continues its upward flight

Ferguson Mann Architects, with our client YTL Developments, are pleased to announce the successful receipt of full planning and listed building approval for the transformation of the 1917 interwar Grade II Listed Hangar 16U at Filton Airfield.

The 19,000ft2 development delivers offices, a sales centre, along with cafe and some community uses as part of the wider masterplan.

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Detailed planning consent for Brooks Laundry & Dye Works!

Detailed planning consent has been granted for the transformation of the Brooks Laundry site in the heart of St Werburghs for our client Acorn Property Group (in partnership with Galliard Homes and landowner Folland Ltd.).

The development will deliver 105 new homes in a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bed houses, and 1 and 2 bed apartments, along with 6,000ft2 of commercial space. The iconic Dye Works chimney will be retained to form a memorable landmark at the head of a new generous landscaped space, which connects Mina Park to the heart of the scheme.


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Lakeshore’s Copper Building tops out

Earlier this month we ‘topped out’ the Copper Building – the latest phase of the Lakeshore development which will launch for sale in September.

We were joined on the roof of the new structure by Urban Splash, joint venture partners Places for People, and contractors WRW, marking our achievement of reaching the seven-storey building’s highest point of construction.

Well done team!

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Work begins at Barnstaple Museum

July saw Devon Contractors begin work on the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon’s much anticipated Long Bridge Wing extension.

The extension will provide new gallery spaces to showcase the museum’s large social history collection, a new education room, storage and work rooms and reception area with shop. A new lift will enable improved access to all areas of the museum.

The project, which is partly funded by HLF, is expected to see the museum reopen in summer 2019.

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Design Award for The Bristol Wing!

Last week, BBC broadcaster and architectural historian, Jonathan Foyle, presented FMA with a Bristol Civic Society Design Award for the conversion of the Grade II Listed Bridewell Police Station into The Bristol Wing, a new 100 bed hostel for YMCA Bristol.

Congratulations to the delivery team and to YMCA Bristol Director, Ben Silvey, for his vision!

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Hangar 16U planning submitted

Working with YTL Developments UK Ltd, FMA have submitted a detailed planning and LBC application for the change of use and conversion of the Grade II Listed Hangar 16U at Filton Airfield, enabling its transformation into a mix of new uses: marketing and general offices, café and flexible space. The building will sit as the centre piece to a new public square that will form part of the early phases of residential development at the airfield. Hangar 16U, built circa 1917 for the Royal Flying Corps, is a simple structure with thin brick walls, distinctive buttressed piers and notably uses the prefabricated Belfast roof truss system developed during the austerity years at the end of WWI.

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South West Built Environment Awards 2018 Shortlist

We are very pleased to say ‘The Bristol Wing’ has been shortlisted for the South West Built Environment’s Preservation & Rejuvenation award.

The category winners will be announced at the Constructing Excellence South West award ceremony in June.