At The Architect Studio, I have worked with clients on a variety of exciting projects that include grade I, II* and II listed buildings or unlisted but within a conservation area.
This section provides a glimpse of some of the projects I have taken on so far. Each commission is always delivered with the utmost care to match the specific needs of every client.
Warley Place, Brentwood - Essex
Client: Essex Wildlife Trust
The Essex Wildlife Trust commissioned The Architect Studio to lead their project to consolidate some of the ruinous brick structures at Warley Place Nature Reserve in Brentwood.
This initial phase included producing a condition report with recommendations and obtaining tenders to repair and consolidate some of the structures dating from the seventeenth century until the early twentieth century.
The Architect Studio teamed up with The Morton Partnership, BSG Ecology and Aerial-Cam to undertake on-site specialist surveys and ensure that all aspects of the repair and consolidation works were considered. A very tight timeframe led by the deadline for funding applications meant that condition reports and tendering were undertaken in record time.
The Trust was able to submit their application in time to the Countryside Stewardship, and a favourable decision is expected later this year. However, due to the site's status as a nature reserve, many protected species (animals and plants) impose constraints on the timing of the works on site.
Works are expected to commence on site in early Spring 2022. The Architect Studio is now looking forward to leading this stage of the project too.
Becket's Chapel, Wymondham - Norfolk
Client: Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust
The Architect Studio is pleased to work with the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust (https://www.nhbt.org.uk/) to repair Becket's Chapel in Wymondham, Norfolk.
Becket's Chapel is a medieval, grade I listed building with many alterations throughout the centuries. Due to its poor condition and rapid deterioration in the past years, it is in the Heritage at Risk Register.
The NHBT has taken an interest in looking after this heritage site to bring it back into full use for its enjoyment all year round by the local community. A stepped approach for its regeneration has been envisaged starting with a fabric condition survey to establish major issues affecting the preservation of the building and assessing the potential cost of the repairs.
NHBT commissioned The Architect Studio as a consultant to lead a team of specialists in listed buildings to identify issues that require attention, organised in order of priority to understand the financial demands and set up a budget for the works.
The fabric inspections and condition reports were produced in record time within the constricted timeframe given by the Trust. The report has been submitted in support of an application to Historic England for urgent repair works and to the Architectural Heritage Fund. A decision is expected before the end of the year. The Architect Studio will continue leading the consulting team and working with the Trust to realise their plan of opening the building to the public all year round in the near future.
St Peter Hungate
Client: Hungate Medieval Art Trust
St Peter is a grade I listed building in Norwich that became redundant at the turn of the twentieth century and converted into a museum of ecclesiastical art. The first of its kind in the country.
Norwich Historic Churches Trust owns the site, but Hungate Medieval Art Trust has tenanted the space for over a decade.
HMA was successful with applications to the Heritage Emergency Fund earlier in 2021 and appointed The Architect Studio to work with them in the first phase of a refurbishment project to include a future extension to the north side of the chancel, where there used to be a vestry. The project commissioned is the design of a new door in a contemporary style in this highly significant heritage asset within the City Centre Conservation Area of Norfolk.