We were proud to pick this commendation from the St Albans Civic Society for our project at Beaumont School, St Albans – some nice words!
However, we were even more happy to receive the following testimonial from the School’s Head of Governors, Alex Hall – there is nothing more rewarding than a happy client:
“The FAB Project at Beaumont School was a highly ambitious redevelopment scheme for the school’s sports facilities. It involved turning the whole school site through 90 degrees, with a new entrance, new car park and reception facilities. A new sports hall had to be integrated into this design, along with classrooms and conference facilities.
From the start, Stephen Blowers and Designcubed immersed themselves in the school and its ethos to seek to achieve a design which fitted with the school’s ambitions but also took into account its older architecture and lay-out. The eventual design was both innovative and in keeping with the other buildings nearby – a sports hall, wrapped around by reception area and classrooms, which echoes the original 1930s architecture of the school. Stephen and the team clearly listened very carefully to what the school wanted, but then extended this into a design which went beyond our own expectations.
Designcubed’s new Block A at Beaumont School has transformed the educational experience of both staff and students. An already outstanding school now has outstanding facilities to match its needs and ambitions. Despite the tight timescales involved in delivering the project, Stephen and the team were always prepared to “go the extra mile” to support the school with this project. Above all, we very much enjoyed working with them, and both the school and the local community are delighted with the results. We would thoroughly recommend them.”
This planning application is for the refurbishment, remodelling, & extension of an existing 60’s style detached dwelling within the Clifton Conservation Area of York. The extensive alterations include reworking of the elevations including a single storey extension at the front of the property; relocation of the front entrance from the main facade to the side; raising of the roof to provide for an additional floor of accommodation; and a secure detached car port to the rear. The aim is to retain many of the design elements of the existing 60’s dwelling (footprint, window proportions, materials) whilst responding to features of the neighbouring period (and period style) properties (scale, proportion, roof pitch and prominent gables).
For the 5th time our Courtyard House was open to the public as part of the Open House weekend. We had a great turnout! 512 visitors in 4 hours!
Thank You all for your kind comments!
Whilst our clients are away on holiday we are starting on site with this exciting extension and transformation of a 1930’s end of terrace in Honor Oak, London. It should be complete in 3 months.
We are really excited to start the next phase of this great project!
We have just submitted this total refurbishment and extension in Beckenham for planning.
If you missed the paper copy you can read our latest article in Grand Designs Magazine here!
This extension and total refurbishment of a house in East Finchley achieved planning permission today!
We are very proud of Rob who completed the London Marathon today! Not only did he run in under 4 hours, he also ‘warmed up’ with the Manchester Marathon two weeks ago.
Rob ran both marathons raising money for the charity: Rhys Daniels Trust who funds ‘Home from Home’ accommodation for children’s hospitals across the UK.
If you are in London today, pick up a copy of Evening Standard to read about our recently completed Hackney Project!
This is the latest picture from our Beckenham House build! The project is progressing nicely and we can’t wait to see it come out of the ground in the next few weeks.
Our Blackheath refurb is taking shape!
Our Courtyard House is being filmed for a new Channel 4 series starting in September.
Very proud to be featured in Grand Designs Magazine with our Courtyard House Project. Beautiful images by www.andybarker.com
Thank you Tash South for the kind words!
We are happy to announce that we have achieved planning permission for a rear extension in Honor Oak Park today!
We are very happy to announce that our latest Educational Project: Beaumont School opens today!
Beaumont School is a mixed comprehensive catering for 11-18 year olds which became an Academy in 2012. Located behind houses on a typical residential street just outside the centre of St Albans, the school was struggling with a congested access point, a shortage of classrooms and outmoded sports facilities. Recently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted, the school is the most over-subscribed in St Albans, making the facilities shortcomings even more acute.
We were briefed to deliver more classrooms, a new sports facility as well as conference facilities and a community gym. To achieve this we re-orientated the school, turning it through a 90-degree angle and designed a series of roof pitches that not only link the various school buildings together, but also make them flow as a whole.
The school now has a striking new reception area. Previously the entrance was accessed via a long alleyway running between existing houses which was narrow, noisy and congested with no positive visual impact. There is now a brand new glazed entrance and main reception reached directly from the main road, complete with drop-off area and cycle parking, all of which set the tone for a modern and contemporary campus.
Eleven new classrooms have been included in the design. Nine are general teaching made light and airy with vaulted ceilings, and two IT specialist rooms, plus a conference room. The new 4 court sports hall includes 5 lanes of cricket netting, as well as 4 club standard badminton courts, changing and storage facilities. The original gym building, instead of being abandoned, has been re-used as a dedicated trampoline facility. An external amphitheatre has also been included to facilitate outdoor learning as well as working as an event space for outdoor performance.
The new development provides a fitness suite, with café, for the community which can be closed off from the rest of the school to facilitate out-of-hours use.
We are delighted to have been granted planning permission for this exciting project in Beckenham!
We’ve just secured Planning permission for a new build, contemporary family home in Finsbury Park. The site is nestled in the heart of the Whitehall park conservation area and we’ve crafted a subtle, modern & sustainable addition to the existing street scape. The detailed design is underway and we’re looking forward to moving onto site in the near future.
We’re very excited to be involved again in the London Open House Event for the fourth year running. Open House London is the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design, taking place on 19 & 20 September 2015.
Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture. The intention was to open up London’s splendid buildings to the general public who don’t otherwise have access. We saw this as a way of helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture.
Single-storey courtyard house on constrained site, built out to the perimeter whilst providing light and private views to the habitable rooms and avoiding overlooking of the surrounding properties. Bathrooms are located along the street facade with opaque glass windows to provide a buffer zone between the living space and the pavement.
We have just submitted this new build 3 bedroom canal side house for planning.
The design concept takes its cue from traditional boat house and barn architecture utilising a simple timber clad shed form as the major massing element. Each gable end features a recessed façade framed by the roof and flank walls wrapping around. The orientation frames views to the canal and the spire of St. Mary’s Church opposite whilst providing seclusion from the adjacent highway and neighbouring properties.
The mass and pitched form of the proposals, with the second storey nestled partially within the roof eaves, creates a ‘bookend’ to South Bank Road providing an appropriate degree of presence without being too overbearing. A low adjoining garage accessed from the existing driveway on New Road completes the composition and additional off-street parking is provided at the rear of the property adjacent to South Bank Road.
We’re on our way to this year’s Regional RIBA awards with our project for the Rathfinny Winery shortlisted. We’re up against some beautiful projects so the competition will be fierce.. Fingers crossed!
Stephen: 23rd April 2015 at 5:10 pm
In the summer of 2014 we were commissioned to design a new sports hall and classrooms for Beaumont School, St Albans. On Friday we presented our proposals to the local community as part of the consultation process in the run-up to submitting for planning permission. I’m pleased to say that the overall response was extremely positive – next stop planning!
The project proposes to provide a new 4 court sports hall, fitness suite and associated changing facilities together with much needed additional teaching space and a visitor’s entrance to the school. A new car park will include coach access, drop-off points and dedicated staff & visitor parking. The new car park will incorporate semi-mature tree planting and is located between the school and the new housing development to the south thereby acting as a buffer between these zones whilst maintaining a more open aspect on land which was once playing fields.
Designcubed has been voted ‘Best of Houzz 2015’ today, with nearly 2000 members adding our project pictures to their idea books!
We’ve just received planning permission for this single storey extension in South East London. It follows a simple asymmetric pitched roof design which enables the eaves to be kept low on the neighbours boundaries with the ridge point aligned with the exterior wall to the existing lounge.
We’ve just completed the design work on this circa. 300 sqm private house in London and are preparing to submit the scheme for Planning. It’s a complex site with a difficult planning history so much of the design has been informed by the constraints (TPO Woodland, Root Protection Zones, Flood Zone, Overlooking of adjacent properties etc).
We’re definitely excited about this one – so fingers crossed that the local authority like it as much as we do!
Rose Mead Cottage, Epsom
Full planning approval was granted last week for our residential project in Epsom. The project is a complete re-invention of a detached house on the Hookfiled Estate. Our first project in the Surrey boarders and we’re looking forward to working with new local suppliers such as http://www.nordenbathrooms.co.uk/
Harper Road – London
Our project in Harper Road, SE1 has broken ground and works have commenced on site. Despite the cold snap, footings are being poured and works are proceeding well with local contractor STANDAGE (http://www.standage.co.uk/) appointed as the main contractor.
The project is a series of new wintergarden’s and internal refurbishment works to 3 adjacent terrace properties. The wintergarden installation will be undertaken by the Caulfiled conservatory company (http://www.caulfieldcompany.co.uk/) who are supplying and installing bespoke wintergardens by Solarlux http://www.solarlux.co.uk/en/pub/index.cfm which are being fabricated in Germany.
It’s always nice to hear that people like what we do! This is the second time in recent weeks that we have had positive comments on one of our projects up for planning.
Last night we were invited to the opening event at our recently completed attic music studio project in Archway, North London.
The clients were delighted with the space and it was a real pleasure to hear such talented musicians making full use of the acoustic insulation. …The neighbors were almost disappointed that they could no longer listen to the practice sessions through the wall…
Cecilia 17 November 2014
..shortly after our Courtyard House appeared in London’s Evening Standard we were approached by a TV production company working for London’s new television channel London Live to see if we would by happy to feature on a new homes and property show. Intrigued (although somewhat nervous how we might be portrayed after a quick Google revealed that they produced programmes such as “Cowboy Builders“) we took the plunge and a few weeks later the production crew arrived for our 2hrs of filming..
On the day it was just me and the director-come-camera man. Being a ‘film-star’ newbie I was expecting some fairly explicit direction but it was more like, “okay, so just tell me something about the space we’re standing in right now” – point the camera and shoot the scene in a single take.. Unfortunately for me I was unable to see any of the footage or the final piece until it was shown on TV for the first time so I really wasn’t sure how it would look or how I would be edited. When I finally did get to see it I was relieved that it came across fairly well (I think). You can view a shortened version of the piece via the link below..
Stephen 25th September 2014
Here’s a picture I took today of our project in Gwendolen Avenue, Putney (SW London). The project has included a full strip out and remodelling of the interior together with a zinc clad extension (shown here). So the zinc is now up and we’re waiting for the oak framed glass doors that sit beneath it.. So far the work has been incredibly smooth thanks to our fantastic builder Peter..
I am happy to report that we have a happy client, a happy builder and therefore a very happy architect! 😉
Stephen – Mon 22nd Sept
..and so London Open House is over for another year. Just before we opened this time Cecilia and I thought that perhaps we’d take a sabbatical from it next year – there is so much preparation and cleaning to do and with that on top of an ever increasing workload is quite difficult to manage (oh such a hard life 😉 ).. But, just as with the times before, as soon as we opened the door and our visitors started pouring in with so many encouraging and positive comments all such thoughts disappear and we remembered what a fantastic event this is and how privileged we are to be able to be a part of it! Thank you once again to Victoria Thornton & her team for organising this fabulous event..
It wasn’t all about Designcubed for us. We only opened on the Sunday so that we could spend some time on the Saturday looking at other Open Houses in our area. As usual we came away inspired and somewhat humbled by other’s work. Notably (and if you get a chance next year to visit them I recommend you do) The Coach House in Sydenham, and a fantastic (huge) house built in a backland plot around a 100 year old pear tree in Friern Road SE22.. Beautiful.
To finish here’s a shot of Eric admiring the steady flow of visitors (we had over 300) and deciding which one to do his full body waggle at in the hope of someone saying hello and throwing him a ball (plenty succumbed to his very persuasive invitation)..
Stephen – Mon 22nd Sept 2014
..so it’s that tine of the year again – London Open House is open for business (20-21st September)…
Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture. The intention was to open up London’s splendid buildings to the general public who don’t otherwise have access
It’s out third year of participation and we will once again be opening the doors of our Courtyard House (East Dulwich) on the Sunday from 10.30am -5.30pm. Look forward to seeing you there!
So today we are re-launching our website with a modified layout and design.. Our aim has been to make it more accessible, fresher in feel and hopefully ‘friendlier‘! Behind the bonnet we’ve added a database engine which makes it far easier for us to edit, update, and maintain – so we now have fewer excuses for keeping it up to date!
We’re launching this a little bit early in order to coincide with the annual London Open House event (we have one of our projects – Courtyard House – open to the public as part of it) – so please bear with us if there are any errors or omissions as we iron out such gremlins in the coming weeks..