This specialised sector has included projects for Sports Buildings and Community Halls; Clubhouses and Residential Care Homes.
The changing rooms designed for the Tenby and District Sports Association involved the use of driven piles to support the building. This is because the site was a disused refuse tip overlying marshy ground in the estuary of the river Ritec. The project was completed with the benefit of a grant from the Sportlot lottery funds and it was completed on time and on budget.
We have received three repeat commissions from Brooklands Care Home at Wooden, Near Saundersfoot. This facility caters for elderly mentally infirm residents. To conform to legislation we were required to work closely with CSSIW (Care and Social Service Inspectorate Wales) to ensure the safety of the occupants during the construction works. The scheme involved the complete removal of the roof over occupied residents bedrooms and building over them a complete new set of ensuite bedrooms before re-roofing the newly-created two-storey wing. The work was started in October 2010, completed in February 2011, during which the coldest December on recent record was endured. The work was completed on time and on budget without any detriment to the occupants. The home continued running during the building contract.
The Queen's Hall project involved the demolition of a single storey annex directly fronting the footway of the public function centre. The setting back of the new three-storey extension provided a forecourt now used as a terrace for cafÃ© seating. The balcony at first floor level leads off the council chamber and was designed to allow official proclamations to be made to the public gathered below.
The Grandstand for the Narberth RFC houses below it 4 changing rooms, referees room, medical room and storage. The stand is noted as being the best in the Pembrokeshire District of Division One. To the left of the stand a ramp was recently added by us to allow wheelchair users to gain access to the first tier of the stand which is approximately 2 metres above ground level.
An Architects Work Stages through a Typical Project
Take notes of the client's brief. Advise on alternative solutions. Carry out feasibility studies or reports to clarify the project options
Computer Aided Design (CAD) sketches are prepared and discussed with the client to determine the most likely preferred option.
The scheme is developed and a planning application submitted to the Local Authority with a Design and Access Statement.
Detailed design and specification notes are added and submitted for Building Regulations Approval. We have experience of working both with Local Authority and Private Approved Building Inspectors.
Production drawing information is prepared prior to inviting tenders from Building Contractors or specialised tradesmen.
We carry out Site Inspections and spot checks to monitor the quality of building work. We hold discussions and negotiations with contractors to resolve any queries, liaising with Building Control as necessary. Monthly progress and valuation reports are reviewed and Additional site drawings are produced for variations. We provide Certification on satisfactory completion.