Having purchased a Grade B Listed Building within a conservation area, this private client worked closely with ADMS to establish a thorough brief to allow the premises to be developed within planning policy, whilst permitting the intended use to flourish and have potential to expand in the future. An extremely restricted site, being landlocked to all sides but the rear, restricted both design opportunities and access for the main contractor. However, use of roof glazing and a central courtyard have allowed for extremely bright spaces to exist throughout all areas internally. Having gained listed building/planning consent ADMS carried the project through to completion, acting as project managers, M&E Consultants & Interior Designers. On site issues were quickly and effectively resolved through the client being provided with early and detailed descriptions of the process during many meetings and discussions. Constant and clear communication proving, once again, a crucial and successful tool on this project. Both Client and her patients have gained a much improved environment. A difficult project, but one which ADMS Architects are proud to have brought to a successful completion.
Category Archives: Commercial / Industrial
Approved some years ago, this project entailed some difficult negotiations with planning service to initially accept that the scheme would be accepted in principle, due to the fact that the intention was to replace existing vacant dwellings with a business. Having overcome this and reached agreement, we then set about designing a large dental practice which would occupy what was the site of two terraced dwellings, and would be spread over 3 floors in total. A difficult design exercise in containing all the required accommodation, along with producing a visually acceptable building along this busy arterial route was rewarded with full planning approval. Unfortunately however, we do not now believe this project will go ahead at the current time.
Park Golf Club
Having already established a golf club course over many years in the heart of The Sperrin Mountains, our client approached us with the intention of providing the associated club house facilities for it. Developing a brief with our client, we then spent time in growing a design idea that would marry the requirements of our client along with the stunning site location. The result has been a building which, whilst more closed and subtle to the approach / roadside opens up to a much more glazed facade to the rear, where views over the course and beyond are located. Office, bar space, shop, toilet and kitchen facilities have all been included. Full planning permission has been approved for this project and we are hopeful of a start on site during 2015.
Riverside Retail Park Restaurant
After serious damage caused by a fire, ADMS were appointed Architects by the project manager / Quantity Surveyor acting for the insurance company, in relation to this restaurant premises in Coleraine. After initial site inspections and meetings with the design team, it was agreed that a re-build was required; however this had to be carried out so as to replicate what existed, yet meet the current building regulation standards. This has since been achieved with the building now having been re-built as a shell, awaiting agreement on a tenant and subsequent fit-out.
Fountain Dance Association
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.
Spencer Road Post Office & Supermarket
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.
Beech Hill Country House Hotel
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.
‘The Depot’ Bar & Nightclub
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.
North West Galvanising
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.