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Adaptive reuse – making the most of existing buildings

Adaptive reuse – making the most of existing buildings

Efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the built environment increasingly focus on materially embodied energy, on the basis that “the greenest building is the one that is already built”. Creatively re-using the existing building stock is therefore something which, as a society, we need to engage with.

RetroFirst is an AJ campaign to prioritise retrofit over demolition and rebuild: this short video presents the facts and tells you how you can get involved https://lnkd.in/fdwNV3W

O’LearyGoss Architects have 30 years of experience imaginatively reworking existing structures. From residential conversions to church reconfigurations, we enjoy the challenges and the rewards of ‘old-build’. We look forward to working on many more such projects in the future.

Architects in training

Architects in training

As an RIBA Chartered Practice O’LearyGoss is committed to helping the next generation gain the necessary experience to qualify. We have recently taken on two new members of staff who are en-route to registration. Lol Beal is an Architectural Graduate with considerable experience who is now studying for her RIBA Diploma via the new Studio system, a practice-based rather than university-based route to qualification. Fred Nott is a graduate in both Architectural Engineering and Architecture who joins us as in intern for the summer.

New Sixth Form Building for Clifton High School

New Sixth Form Building for Clifton High School

Following on from the school’s enthusiasm for our concept design presented at feasibility stage, we have enjoyed working with the client group on the design of this new purpose-built Sixth Form Common Room building.

Our scheme, enthusiastically supported by local amenity groups, has now been submitted to Bristol City Council for planning permission.

Housing approved on edge of green belt at Long Ashton

Housing approved on edge of green belt at Long Ashton

Planning permission has been received for three new detached dwellings adjoining open countryside and the Iron Age settlement at Gatcombe Farm on the western edge of the village of Long Ashton.  The development uses vernacular cues for arrangement, form and material choices, combined with contemporary features such as large open plan living areas opening onto generous south-west facing gardens.

Many thanks to our supporting team including Integrated Ecological Solutions, Cook Brown Energy and Roland Harmer.

Planning win for residential development in BS3

Planning win for residential development in BS3

We are very pleased to have won planning permission at appeal for our designs for a small residential building in south Bristol for Crown Developments. In approving the proposals, the inspector said:

“The proposed building would have an interesting principal façade, enhanced by set back sections and a vertical section of projecting bricks. This would offer significant visual enhancement to the appearance of the streetscene.”

Our work in the Portland and Brunswick Square Conservation Area

Our work in the Portland and Brunswick Square Conservation Area

Following the recent completion of the final 3 apartments at Dean and Wilder (a total of 46 affordable homes) and a further 52 in progress on other sites, we are looking back on our work in this rapidly changing area of central Bristol.

Since 2012 we have obtained permission for 217 dwellings within the Conservation Area. Developments range from new build apartment blocks such as that at Portland View, to conversion of structures buildings from the 1980’s (Century Place), 1970’s (Decourcy House and Portland Heights), 1920’s (25 Portland Square) and largely intact Grade 1 listed Georgian buildings (17 Portland Square).

As this vibrant city centre area continues to develop we look forward to continued involvement on both existing and new projects.

Winners of Trinity College Housing Competition

Winners of Trinity College Housing Competition

We have been chosen by Trinity College’s Site Development Group to work with them on their project for new student accommodation. Having made it to the shortlist earlier in the year and following a second round of presentations we are delighted that Trinity has chosen us to team with. The partnership with Bristol Housing Festival enabled Trinity to run a well organised architectural competition despite this years additional challenges. We are looking forward to developing the initial design ideas alongside Trinity and helping them to achieve the innovative student housing they hope for.

Completion of Affordable Homes in St. Paul’s, Bristol

Completion of Affordable Homes in St. Paul’s, Bristol

We are pleased to announce the completion and handover of 42 affordable homes to Yarlington Housing Association. The shared ownership units are located in a new five storey residential development in the St. Paul’s area of Bristol. O’LearyGoss Architects undertook the construction stage design on behalf of Hatchbury, working with CTS Construction. The handsome brick building stands at the corner of Dean Street and Wilder Street in the Brunswick and Portland Square Conservation Area.

A further 3 units will be completed at ground floor level in 2021.

Planning permission for family houses in Windmill Hill.

Planning permission for family houses in Windmill Hill.

Planning permission has been received for four family houses in south Bristol. The development makes use of a deserted backlands site in this residential area. The design of the houses makes use of the south facing slope of Windmill Hill to provide three storeys of accommodation, whilst appearing as two storeys from either side.The houses are finished externally in brick, with feature timber clad entrances and bay windows to add visual interest. The internal spaces are generously sized, with an open-plan living area on the garden level. A communal landscaped area to the front retains two mature trees, a Hornbeam and a Bird Cherry, as the centrepiece of the approach to the development.

A New Associate at O’LearyGoss

We are delighted to announce that Michael Drake has become an Associate at O’LearyGoss Architects.

Since qualifying in the 2005, Michael has worked on a broad range of projects in Oxford, Bristol & New Zealand and he brings a wealth of experience in housing, education, sports and retail sectors through all project stages. His collaborative approach and design insight make him a valuable asset to the O’LearyGoss team.

Here is Micheal talking about his work on the Trinity Housing design competition for #BristolHousingFestival, for which O’LearyGoss have been shortlisted.