Being located very close to our own offices, it was a pleasure to be involved with a project that has seen a large disused retail building being brought back to life through a change of use basis. ADMS have been responsible for all work associated with this change, including initial feasibility studies, planning application, building control application, tendering process and project management. Being a non-profit organisation which helps bring communities (especially children) together through dance and fitness, we have helped greatly in the funding administration process also. It has been rewarding to see the many hours of work that this has involved be turned into a reality – with the evidence of much improved footfall within the local area. Phase 2 of this project is currently underway and so more info / photos will be uploaded as work progresses.
Due to fire regulations, a complete re-planning of these retail premises on Spencer Road was required in order to both meet standards and provide a better / more compact layout. Since a large part of the premises were unused, it was proposed that approximately 25% of the ground floor area be demolished and removed, then the current shop and post office be re-planned internally. Although a small project, this was one of our more complicated schemes due to the requirement that neither the shop nor post office should lose trading time throughout the works. This was achieved, and through close co-operation and project management both businesses are now fully operational and within all statutory laws.
An important element within the Beech Hill Hotel’s overall level of service, the marquee which is located within the adjoining gardens to the main building of this prestigious hotel required to have planning permission. Given that the hotel and its demesne are of listed status, obtaining permission held its own challenges. However, ADMS was able to demonstrate how the proposed marquee structure would meet policy and we received full approval – thus allowing the Beech Hill proprietors to continue to offer this facility, which is maintained to an exceptional standard.
Having fallen into a state of disrepair over many years, this once thriving public bar required careful thought and attention to bring it back into full use. Working with our client, and experienced publican, we helped develop a design that both utilised the entire area of the building, including a new nightclub facility on the upper level, as well as introducing a facelift to the street facade – We even provided the design for the new ‘Depot’ logo for branding purposes! The business has since been rejuvenated and continues to attract regular and new customers, to what is now a thoroughly modern facility.
This project was a new departure at the time for ADMS Architects, and has now equipped us with the knowledge to understand the full workings of a metal galvanising plant. Working in close co-operation with the American based specifiers of the machinery / plant for the project, detail plans were agreed on that would allow all the internal fixtures to be integrated seamlessly. In addition to the main workshop are of this large scale operation, office space and staff accommodation were incorporated into the frontage of the design, as well as all parking and access arrangements for staff, visitors and deliveries. This plant continues to operate to full capacity since its completion.
Another challenging brief was brought to us by our client on this project, who requested that we should attempt to gain an additional floor of space on top of the existing 2 storey premises which originally existed. After devising a design which would achieve this, as well as not upsetting the general context of this closely aligned pedestrian shopping street approval was gained from planning service. ADMS then provided a full service on the build of the project and, despite the main contractor unfortunately going out of business mid way through the contract; we were able to work along with the Quantity Surveyor to bring the scheme to a very successful completion, much to the delight of the client. The business has since continued to thrive in its new surroundings.
Fountain House, so called as it is located adjacent to Lower Fountain Hill, was designed to occupy the vacant site on which it is now sited on the busy Spencer Road. The ground floor was to be retail premises, whilst the upper floors were designed to accommodate office space. ADMS designed and overseen this project through the planning application stage with another agent then assuming the project through to completion. Although the brief proved a challenge, since the client requested as much height (and floors) as possible – the planners were naturally eager to resist this due to the context of the site. However, a four storey building was achieved and has been fully occupied since its completion in 2006.
Located in Campsie, this large portal framed building was designed to accommodate the requirements of CFC Interiors, who specialise in bespoke furniture and interior fit out of the home. Working closely with the structural engineer ADMS Architects devised a simple yet very effective building design which allowed the shops wares to be displayed in a bright and easy to navigate manner.
After working alongside a planning consultant to gain outline planning approval for this site, our client then approached us to undertake the full planning application so as to honour the timescale condition of the original approval. The Outline approval was one of the first issued for a development of this nature, of which part of it lay outside the limit of development for this area. The scheme which taken to planning consists of a total of 12 units, which vary in house type and size. All parking standards were met and ADMS Architects provided a full service of landscape design also. We worked closely with Foyle Consulting Engineers in order to have a fully integrated plan of street layout, house placement and services arrangement. The application has just been fully approved by planning service.
Within the development limits of the small hamlet of Bready, ADMS Architects gained full planning permission for this parcel of land on which 10 dwellings have been designed. As part of the planning application we worked closely with Civil engineers to develop a low density design and house types which were approved by both client and planning service. Full landscape details were also provided as part of the full package.