We enter the new year with lots of exciting milestones on the horizon and can report great progress on projects large and small. Work on the Copper Building at Lakeshore continues on site, with scaffolding due to come down shortly. When completed in the middle of 2019, the Copper Building will add 136 apartments to the Lakeshore community. Millbay Quadrant Wharf, Plymouth is progressing speedily towards its completion date at the end of 2019. Other projects due for completion include Barnstaple Museum in North Devon, 150 Friar Street in Reading and Overton House in Cheltenham. Full steam ahead and welcome 2019!
We are delighted to announce that Ferguson Mann Architects’ two Associate Directors, Alastair Carswell and Corinne Fitzpatrick, will both be joining the team of Directors at the practice. In his thirteen years with the practice, Alastair has been a champion of the practice’s residential and has led some of the practice’s most significant housing projects to date. Corinne, who joined Ferguson Mann in 2003, has been a key member of the heritage team, responsible for creating sustainable futures for numerous historic sites and buildings.
After almost a decade of work by Ferguson Mann Architects, the final stage of structural repairs and restoration of the façade of Castle House in Bridgwater, Somerset, has now completed. The building was built as a family home and ‘show house’ by Victorian entrepreneur John Board and the building exhibits some of the earliest known methods of reinforced concrete construction. For the first time after many years, the elaborate concrete ornaments of this unique grade II* listed building are visible again. Huge congratulations to FMA Director, Chris Balme who led the project, the SAVE Trust, and to all else involved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.