Bulbourne Yard is a largely redundant Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways) operational site on the Grand Union Canal, a short distance to the south of the branching off point of the Wendover Arm at Bulbourne Junction.
The site has a long history as a canal maintenance yard, and was used until recent years by British Waterways as one of the primary bases for the repair and construction of canal lock gates and paddle gear. In recent years CRT has concentrated its lock gate construction and repair operations elsewhere, and Bulbourne Yard has therefore become obsolete.
There are four Grade 2 listed canal workshops on the site. Existing buildings with heritage value will all be retained and renovated to a high standard. A row of five new residential buildings will be placed on the back of the site as well as an upward extension of the workshops adjacent to the bridge, to provide a row of three cottages along the roadside. The total development will consist of 21 x 2-3-4 bedroom units plus the 4 bedroom canal house and 3 x 2-3 bed cottages totaling 25 residential units. Most of the car parking is designed in an undercroft car park below the new houses. This prevents the scattering of cars around the buildings reducing the visual impact and retaining the openness of the setting.
The appearance and the character of the existing buildings will be retained and enhanced by the removal of modern extensions. The listed buildings will have mezzanine floors and cross walls added to create small terraces of split level houses. The new first floors have been intricately designed to retain the listed roof trusses. New buildings are generally of a simple style to not compete or replicate the listed structures. At the same time, they will echo the designs in a modern manner using glass, brick walls and pitched, slated roofs with roof lights. We designed a new arched steel footbridge for the site to allow safe pedestrian access beside the narrow road bridge. It is considered that the unique character of Bulbourne yard will attract a high level of interest from young professionals and retired, canal using residents and that a high quality of design and spaces will provide for this market.
Planning and Listed Building consent was achieved in 2017 with construction to commence in 2018.
This project to demolish two existing 1960’s houses and replace them with two new larger 5 bedroom houses was granted planning permission in 2014 and renewed in 2017.
An initial application and successful permission included new basements but on exploration foundation works around a basement car park and adjoining tower block proved to be excessive and expensive so a re-design was made to replace the existing 2 storey houses with two larger 3 storey houses.
The site is very compact but benefits from a communal garden to the side and the privacy provided by the high flanking wall to the rear. The houses are designed as simple contemporary houses mediating between the 1960’s estate and the smaller, older brick mews and houses on Kinnerton Street.
The primary materials being brick, limestone, powder-coated aluminium windows, and oak doors. We introduced large roof lights over the internal stairs and glass lifts to allow maximum daylight penetration into the centre of each house. Each dwelling has a small courtyard garden and large balconies. Each of the 5 bedrooms is en-suite with the master bedrooms having large walk in wardrobes.
The proposals for this project were to demolish the existing two storey office building and replace it with a 50 apartment purpose-built extra care accommodation building for the elderly with associated communal facilities.
The site for this development is located on a visually key junction known as the ‘Clock House roundabout’ with close links to Guildford town centre a mile to the south west. The clocktower, which was originally from a large house named Fanum House, was reinstated on an office building and has now been fully restored and retained as a local landmark. Previous attempts by our client to obtain planning permission had been rejected and L&H were brought in to obtain a permission which was achieved at the first attempt.
The building has a main focus onto the roundabout exemplified by the twin gables. The scale is then reduced and the massing broken up to relate to the surrounding housing. To the rear a wing stretches out into the landscaped gardens with close attention to overlooking neighbours and existing trees but providing apartments with access and balconies with garden views.
Our approach on this project was to respond to the local context with a contemporary vernacular that draws from local character in terms of material use and scale. We completed this landmark building for McCarthy & Stone 2 months early and under budget.
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L&H were invited to design a new family home in the setting of a Grade 2 Listed farmhouse. The site in the Chilterns sits within the ‘Green Belt’ which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK.
Our design removes the new house from the existing and part-conceals the structure further downhill. With the use of folded green roofs, it appears as a small pavilion from higher up and does not detract from the openness of the greenbelt. The site location is very close to our design for Badgers View Farm (see here).
The accommodation includes a small annex flat and 3 en-suite bedrooms at first floor with a large open plan living area, games room and swimming pool on the lower ground floor. There is also special provision for the clients’ car collection and a separate car port with maintenance workshop. The existing house can be used as a guest house and/or annex and will be fully restored to its original condition and appearance.
The proposals for McCarthy & Stone are to introduce self-contained residential units for the elderly on a conservation site in central Maidstone close to the River Medway.
The site is enclosed by a listed Kent ‘Ragstone’ wall which is used extensively in the adjacent conservation area and gives this locality a defining character. It also lines the primary elevations on Knightrider Street and continues on the western approach along the River Medway. Secondary elevations are predominantly in buff stock brick with red brick feature banding. This is evident on the school and residential buildings located on Priory Road. Gable ends on adjacent properties vary in height forming a local feature.
Proposals are for 12 one-bed apartments and 16 two-bed self-contained retirement apartments arranged over 3 to 4 storeys. Northern and Western aspects from the upper floors will benefit from views of the River Medway.
Our approach would be to respond to the local context with a contemporary vernacular that draws from local character in terms of material use, scale, roof shapes and design but with a fresh appearance that is of its time. The aim being that the building sits comfortably within the confines of the listed wall and relates to the adjacent conservation area.
Lewis & Hickey have been appointed as masterplanners and architects for the two main residential phases at Woodlands and Waterside on the larger scale Watford Health Campus. The planned design is to create a neighbourhood area with a dense core following the alignment of the new access road. Development will create a new urban edge to Watford addressing the River Colne. The area will provide up to circa 750 homes whose residents will enjoy direct access to landscaping / open space amenity including, a new linear park running along the River Colne, and green open space on Colne Island.
The Watford Health Campus (“The Campus”) brings together Watford Borough Council as landowners and Kier Property Investments Ltd as preferred development partner, working together as Watford Health Campus Partnership LLP (“The Campus Partnership”), along with West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (the organisation that runs and manages Watford Hospital).
Progressive environmental and sustainable solutions will be promoted throughout the scheme. Development of the health campus addresses the three pillars of sustainable development, environmental, economic and socio-cultural. Development is designed to meet the highest practical standards of sustainability and demonstrate a holistic approach to the integration of community health and wellbeing into proposals.
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Lewis & Hickey have been appointed as masterplanners and architects for the two main residential phases at Woodlands and Waterside creating new a neighbourhood area with around 750 new homes including much-needed affordable accommodation.
A first full planning application for phase 1 at Woodlands for 90 residential units has been submitted to Watford Borough Council. The aim is to create an entrance route off the new roundabout with the main buildings set back into the site away from the roundabout and De Beers House creating as much space as possible between neighbouring properties in Rose Garden.
Parking is arranged off the access road with entrances into each of the three blocks. The end (third) block is turned 90 degrees to terminate the view and to create enclosure to the space. The areas between the building are formally landscaped which connect through to the communal amenity space to the south. This amenity space forms a transition into the woodland beyond.
The roof shapes create height and prominence. This is emphasised with oversized openings on the top floor corners. The windows are all full height with high performing neutral glass with all habitable rooms having a ceiling height between 2.4 and 2.5 m
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Our proposal was to redevelop land for residential use, with a scheme that responded positively to the unique character of this waterside plot. This was done by retention of the original house as a focal point of a crescent arrangement; which respected the Listed lock cottage building to the south of the canal and bridge.
Our scheme is for a family housing scheme arranged in a crescent that offers private garden space as well as shared amenity space. An appropriate landscape scheme that intentionally mixes slow vehicles and pedestrians works well. The aim is to give all 10 units views towards the canal while protecting and improving any key existing outlooks on approach to the canal.
This form of development not only respects the existing character of the area, but also the canal side location. It opens up the views of the canal without blocking it out. The landscape proposals also introduce a continuous green buffer. This encourages wildlife, extends the green corridor and creates a safe attractive environment along this stretch of the canal for boat users, and local residents.
Heritage Place, the latest retirement living project that we have designed and delivered for McCarthy & Stone.
Located just north of Ickenham town centre; the scheme is a short walk from both national rail and underground stations, as well as local shops and Ickenham golf course.
The scheme includes a combination of McCarthy & Stone’s platinum style Assisted Living and Retirement Living apartments combined over three floors, with basement level parking. Generous areas of landscaping are provided within the central courtyard, around the perimeter of the U-shaped block, and through private balconies to a number of upper-floor flats.
This retirement living scheme was built using traditional construction techniques, whilst incorporating a contemporary aesthetic.
The scheme achieved practical completion in November 2016, and was occupied by residents shortly after.
Lewis & Hickey were appointed by McCarthy & Stone to replace a rundown five-storey office building with industrial bunker, with a two-building retirement living complex. The development includes 57 assisted living and 24 retirement living apartments, as well as communal facilities, and basement car parking underneath a landscaped podium.
Situated to the south of Hertford town centre and castle, and within the designated conservation area, the proposal aims to enhance the urban grain by forming a transition between the larger scale buildings to the south, and the densely packed 2-4 storey small footprint buildings to the north.
Due to the considerable 3.5m change in levels across the site, a contiguous piling wall has been utilised, with the superstructure comprising of concrete frame and SFS walling systems.
The scheme is designed to be fully compliant with lifetime homes criteria, NHBC requirements, and incorporates several sustainable features including full blue roof attenuation systems.
The proposed development will benefit from good links to the existing local facilities as well as access to public transport, and will feature good site accessibility across the site both internally and externally.
Planning was granted in October, and construction started on site shortly after.
Lewis & Hickey obtained full planning permission for a house in the Chiltern Hills . Proposals are for a replacement 4 bedroom dwelling on the site of Snowball Hill, Russells Water, Henley-on-Thames, retaining the existing dwelling during construction.
Our clients wished to create a beautiful home of quality to reflect their artistic interests and the spectacular views. Their concerns were to respect the locality and yet incorporate contemporary ideals of design, technology and sustainability maintaining a constant physical and visual connection with the landscape.
Our approach has been twofold. Firstly to create a new dwelling specific to the exciting and progressive ideas put forward by our client; and secondly to create a design from this inspiration that fits within the site and works with the unique setting rather than detracting from its local character.
The development consists of 97 studio apartments and 3 two bed apartments split over 5 floors with 8,300ft² of commercial/retail space at ground floor and 29 car parking spaces located at basement level.
All studios are finished to a high standard and are fully self-contained with bathrooms, fully functional kitchen facilities, dining/lounge areas and sleeping accommodation all contained within an impressive 32m² footprint. All apartments benefit from external balcony provisions with the fifth floor units enjoying external full width terraces and impressive views across the city. The high quality materials and detailing to the interior spaces have been carried through to the exterior, resulting in a significant addition to the urban fabric of the area.
The use of timber frame construction was key to ensuring that the completion date was not compromised on what was a very tight programme. The restricted site included a 2 storey Georgian terrace that was retained and included within the overall development. The poor state of this property meant that a full strip out and refurbishment was necessary to bring it up to the same standard as the new building.
The Bourchier Street apartment building consists of twenty warehouse style apartments designed for a very tight inﬁl site in the heart of Soho, London. Despite this, all twenty apartments are designed to have large glazed areas and balconies and all were sold off plan prior to completion.
The two, three bedroom penthouses are split level with curved roofs, ﬂoor to ceiling windows and extensive terraces.
Construction has now been completed of our forty-nine retirement living apartment development at Bexleyheath for McCarthy & Stone. The building was constructed with a hybrid of techniques including pre cast concrete, loadbearing masonry and SFS framing to the upper floors.
Planning was achieved in 2016 along with thirty-nine parking spaces located along the side to minimise impact and maintain the existing access arrangements. The main conceptual idea is to provide a visual connection through the south and north parts of the site, allowing for a secondary entrance to the rear of the ground floor. This allows homeowners to benefit from the communal amenity space and the rear car park while pedestrian access from the Broadway will allow residents to walk towards the town centre and shops.
The development offers a dedicated buggy store with charging points along with a cycle store. Accessibility is excellent both internally and externally, as would be expected for the defined users. Level access is provided across the site from all egress points. The main entrance point is covered with sufficient space for users to open doors under cover.
Once inside, communal spaces (homeowners lounge) are located centrally, close to the main entrance points. A fully accessible WC is provided close to the communal areas and a guest room is provided for family visitors. Level access is provided from communal areas into the landscaped gardens.
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Currently under construction at Bow Wharf in the desirable leafy community within London’s Regent’s Canal Conservation Area; L&H have designed a waterside living and cafe complex which features a mix of 34 1,2,3 Bed Flats and 4 Bed houses over 3 to 6 storeys.
Within easy commuting distance of central London, the three Residential Blocks are arranged around a new canal side public square. Many properties feature stunning canal side views with a ‘village’ ambiance.
The development is primarily brick to match local context, slate pitched roofs with timber and metal detailing in a modern interpretation of canal side warehouse living.
Located adjacent to fashionable Chelsea Harbour and near the King’s Road and Sloane Square, Imperial Wharf is set in its own riverside park on one of the most sought after stretches of the River Thames.
Lewis & Hickey re-designed and detailed phases 2 and 3 of this development including the Shell and Core pre-cast cladding and glazing systems.
The Imperial Wharf development by St George was one of the biggest Thames side developments in London comprising of Retail, Restaurant and Cafe units with Offices and 255 luxury apartments. Lewis & Hickey also designed and co-ordinated the apartment and office fit outs.
The Pavilion apartment building consists of 122 apartments arranged as a 12 storey mansion block overlooking Lords Cricket Ground and a terraced south facing tail reducing to a 4 storey block at the rear.
The building uses a mixed palette of external materials including terracotta tiles, brickwork, timber cladding, steel and glass. Balconies and terraces are shaded with louvres, solar shades and Japanese style sliding screens.
Three large penthouses occupy the 11th and 12th floors and a double height entrance hall welcomes the visitor to this luxury building.
Lewis & Hickey were commissioned by Lace Market Properties to provide a detailed delivery package for a prestigious residential development in an up-and-coming area of Nottingham, comprising 128 self-contained luxury apartments, with commercial and leisure facilities to the ground floor and car parking on 2 levels. The overall complexity of the original design has required an enormous amount of architectural & technical input, and the success on site is testimony to the quality of the Design Team.
Construction of particular note is the use of off-site manufactured timber wall panels - similar to SIP panels, which are then glazed & clad on site - quickening up the build process on site. This also benefits the sustainability credentials of the building. Due to the open plan ethos of Lace Market Properties the scheme uses enhanced fire detection and a sprinkler system to satisfy building regulations with regards to fire safety, it also allows for longer escape distances.
The project brief was to develop a design for a prestigious city centre development, providing 48 luxury apartments in a mixture of one-bed studio apartments and two-bed triplex units to a high standard of specification, with 2 levels of underground basement parking.
The scheme involves the retention of the existing listed façade to the original Old Nottingham Eye Infirmary. The new build portion of the building includes brick clad facades with a lightweight glazed penthouse storey at its upper most point. The penthouse structure contrasts both in its construction and aesthetics to provide a contrast to the GradeII Listed existing facade.
The project demonstrates our ability to work with existing buildings, including complex façade retention schemes on tight city centre sites which in this case fall within the historic Nottingham Conservation Area.
The brief was to create a unique 4000 sq. ft. house with a contemporary appearance and a distinctive ‘wow’ factor both inside and out. The site lies within an ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’ and it was crucial that the design enhanced the setting rather than detract from the local character.
The Client has a geological background and asked us to take inspiration from the physical formation of the landscape in the area. With this in mind, the design draws from the Cretaceous chalk which underlies the whole of the Chilterns as well as vast areas of Southern England, with its most famous outcrop at the White Cliffs of Dover. In many places the chalk strata are uplifted, folded and buckled and it is precisely this that motivates the design in which blocks of rock are juxtaposed and impinge one another.
The house is composed of white rendered blocks which link over a traditional ‘knapped flint wall’. Large areas of glazing overlook the spectacular views and establish a physical connection between the building interior and the wider landscape itself. The design incorporates the latest energy saving technologies, including the use of a ground source heat pump to provide the majority of heating and hot water needs.
Redhill Station redevelopment is a large town centre mixed use development allowing for 150 residential units, a 45,000 sq. ft. Waitrose store, new station ticket hall, car park and environmental improvements.
Lewis & Hickey have been appointed by Solum Regeneration, a partnership between Kier Property and Network Rail. Solum was established to bring forward development opportunities in and around Network Rail stations with the aim of providing improved station facilities at no cost to the tax payer.
The Redhill station development is seen as a major regeneration project for the locality with a unique opportunity to provide a bold new station as a gateway to the town centre.
Lewis & Hickey have developed an exciting proposal together with the wider design team in consultation with key local stakeholders which includes; Reigate and Banstead Council, Southern Railway, the station users, local residents, local business groups and conservation societies.