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grand designs henley, grand designs thames house, grand designs oxfordshire, grand designs ship lake, grand design henley architects, SOUTH 60, Basingstoke, MEPC UK, Situated at the entrance of Chineham Business Park, South 60 delivers a sophisticated landmark building within the confines of an unforgiving, constrained plot. As a direct result of our resourceful approach, challenging the conventional boundaries of standard products, the building has succeeded in attaining remarkable impact and commercial feasibility. The concept behind the building is based on a glazed box jammed into a sharp folding wall. The site potential is fully utilised by elevating the office space on columns and creating under-croft parking.

CEDARWOOD, Basingstoke, MEPC UK, Phased, cost-effective refurbishment was the driving force behind the transformation of these vacant 1980s office buildings into profitable, long-term assets at Cedarwood, on the Chineham Park Estate. Starting with three two-storey buildings, this radical concept retained the outer structure but removed the internal core, rationalizing and renovating the interior while maximizing lettable space. Introduction of a contemporary entrance façade delivers a lasting first impression and revitalizes the existing structure. Such was the success - the neighbouring Elmwood area has followed in the same footsteps with a regeneration scheme based on this model.

SWITCHBACK, Maidenhead, Berkshire, McKay Securities, Regeneration of Unit 2 has signalled a new lease of life for the Switchback Office Park. The scheme focused on revitalizing a tired structure to provide flexible office accommodation; a project driven by the long-term aspiration to unlock the potential of the estate as a whole. With the target audience at the forefront of the design, the building has been reconfigured to maximize office space and compact service areas. Enhanced by a high-quality finish and remodelled entrance, Unit 2 adapts to both single and multi-occupancy, offering a high degree of flexibility that future-proofs the building in the long-term rental market.

ELMWOOD, Basingstoke, MEPC UK, Spratley’s cost-effective design solution to revitalize existing, outmoded stock at Chineham Business Park was driven by MEPC’s targets to immediately re-let the buildings and reduce overall park voids. With each building letting quickly upon completion at current market rates, the scheme has been deemed an outstanding success. Within an expenditure of just £30/sq.ft., the buildings now benefit from key sections of fibrous cladding and structural glass entrances. Internal works include redesigned toilets and economical refurbishment of the office spaces to include ceiling and lighting upgrades throughout. Reflective of the current market, these solutions represent a more commercially-viable alternative to full-scale shell and core refurbishments.

174 MILTON PARK, Milton Park, MEPC UK, An inspired remodelling of this 1970s ‘brick box’ and a defining Spratley project. This former two-storey warehouse has been transformed by adding a lightweight cedar-clad box with punched openings hovering over the rendered base. The core was relocated externally to provide a new and identifiable front door whilst increasing the office footprint by one third.

UNIT 92, Milton Park, Abingdon, Psion, The scheme encompassed a complete interior atrium and laboratory fit-out to provide break-out facilities for the work place. A heavy, high-level plywood box hovers above the delicate ground-floor glass partitions. A play on ‘who is viewing whom’ was achieved using vision slots at different levels, while the open brief allowed us the flexibility to add another level of detail, incorporating bespoke furniture into the design

RANDALLS PARK, Randalls Park, Leatherhead, Eskmuir Properties Plc, This concept design to extend and rejuvenate tired, 1980s office buildings attracted praise for its freshness and rhythm, overshadowing surrounding offers and securing long-term commercial viability. Our solution involved rebranding of the building envelope and the addition of floors, while cost-effectively retaining the existing steel frame. The ribbon-like roof parapet was designed to snake along the elevation, wrapping seamlessly into the entrance. Solar gain informed the facade on all points of the compass, with an economic refit creating a healthier, and more conducive, workspace. The result: modern offices, innovative in their aesthetic, which are both flexible and efficient in occupational use.

LOW CARBON, Wimbledon, London, Low Carbon Workplace Ltd and Stanhope Plc, The concept bid for this outdated, poorly insulated commercial building aspires to create a high-specification, low-carbon property, while simultaneously enhancing longevity, promoting an atmosphere of well being and capitalizing on economic return. Externally, recyclable zinc cladding articulates the façade, providing additional insulation for long-term efficiency. Internally, the reordered core works seek to maximize energy savings and take full advantage of natural daylight and pure air, thus eliminating the need for air-conditioning systems. Thanks to modern parking standards and close proximity to public transport, lettable office space can be increased through the conversion of the existing under-croft car park.

FIELDVIEW, Caversham, Dorrington Plc, The modernization of this 1970s housing estate, to include four contemporary infill houses at Field View, called for ecological expertise and precise on-site coordination. With Spratley Studios engaged to oversee construction, the houses were designed and built to achieve the Eco-home ‘Very Good’ rating. Above and beyond the original brief, a whole host of sustainable features was introduced to harvest rainwater and draw in natural light. Using traditional methods in conjunction with a contemporary palette of materials, the project delivered successfully, to exacting standards, under both time and budgetary constraints.

VAUXHALL ESTATE, Vauxhall, London, Grainger Plc, Resurrecting a dormant feasibility study for the expansion and development of a large residential estate in Vauxhall, this creative design combines conversion work with new-build schemes and holds the key to maximizing revenue on the Vauxhall Estate. Our proposal for two infill blocks is intended to complement existing buildings, while still expressing a more contemporary style of architecture. These modern flats have been designed in response to current planning policy and fit seamlessly within the context of the estate, without impacting on existing buildings.

"WAVERTREE, Lambeth, Dorrington Plc, The aspiration of this infill scheme for Wavertree Court in Lambeth is to reinvigorate the underused garage site by introducing a new housing venture, thus helping to meet local housing demand and improve the surrounding environment for existing homes, while still maximizing the site’s potential. The scheme encompasses an assortment of private houses and flats, with gained green space for residents, a focus on crime prevention and a stepped plan to maximise privacy. The design is of high architectural merit with a modern aesthetic, adding a new layer of texture to the surrounding urban fabric.

347 READING ROAD, Henley-on-Thames, The Marlow Building Company, The unique and innovative use of curved SIPs panels to create a contemporary roofscape makes this development an attractive addition on the doorstep of Henley-on-Thames. Designed to achieve level 3 of the “Code for Sustainable Homes”, the scheme is energy-efficient and a contemporary palette of materials, including copper cladding and zinc roofing, adds a modern twist, which is well suited to the intended target market. On a site previously occupied by two bungalows, the proposed scheme will encompass eleven new flats and one house, thus utilizing the site’s full potential and maximizing return on client investment.

MOOR POOL, Birmingham, Grainger Plc, We were commissioned to design a scheme for this challenging site at the very centre of the Moor Pool Estate: a locally protected English Garden Suburb. Our proposal addressed various backland and problematic garage sites. It includes 34 new infill houses, sensitively planned amongst the conservative area site. Sustainable criteria are crucial to determining both the design and aesthetics of this project. Low maintenance materials have been proposed and specified eco features include a ground-source heat pump, south-facing solar roof panels and grey-water recycling systems.

DEANSHANGER, Deanshanger, Private Developer, This unique development combines the conversion of the E & H Roberts Iron Works building with new construction to deliver a mixed residential scheme. Of great significance, the design will incorporate space for a museum, narrating the key role of the Works within the history of the local community. Original windows will be retained and restored, while new elements are designed to reflect the industrial aesthetic and character of the foundry. Brickwork detailing adds cohesion, further emulating the former grandeur of the site. Supported by the local Parish Council, the new scheme delivers a faithful interpretation of an historic landmark, at the same time optimising the internal layout to achieve a maximum possible return on investment.

BLEWBURY MANOR, Blewbury, Didcot, Private Residential, A sensitive fusion of tradition and innovation holds the key to the success of this award-winning scheme for the extension and development of Grade II Listed Blewbury Manor. Within the building’s historic core, an entirely glass staircase adds real ‘wow-factor’, while a bespoke, curved-glass atrium discreetly encloses a central courtyard, bringing the outside in and integrating seamlessly into the existing structure - a true hidden gem. With large open spaces flooded in natural light, this is a home that embraces the surrounding environment and lends itself perfectly to the demands of modern family life.

LAMBRIDGEWOOD, Henley-on-Thames, Private Residential, A brief to fulfil the dream of luxury, contemporary living within a truly unique home made this project one of a kind. With inspiration taken from the 1960s modern original, the scheme was conceived with an updated palette of materials and cutting-edge sustainable features. The introduction of a basement gymnasium and pool area drove the design underground and an array of bespoke glazed elements was thus created to harness daylight and naturally light the basement: and with a with spectacular effect. The structurally glazed atrium over the pool, combined with a seemingly floating glazed bridge, adds a dreamlike quality to this modern and spacious home.

NEWBURY HOUSE, Near Newbury, Private Residential, Fine, traditional architecture and the best of contemporary design come together at the core of this scheme to upgrade and extend Newbury House. Without straying too far from the original style, a new single-storey extension employs traditional materials in vernacular brick and sarstone. By increasing the ground floor footprint, the internal layout has been simplified to create an open-plan living arrangement, while the introduction of an internal courtyard invites natural light to flood through the space. Frameless doors, glazed roofing and a glass balustrade are a modern and complimentary addition in a home that is fit for the future while reminiscent of the past.

COACH HOUSE, Cookham Dean Common , Private Residential, A creative approach to volume and placement proved key to unlocking planning restrictions for the extension to The Coach House. The design forms a modern and spacious family home, remaining sympathetic to the existing traditional structure and Green Belt location.

Concise ‘cuts’ into the new building fabric create a fenestration rational that responds to the non domestic openings found in agricultural buildings, while the material palette and site layout respect the style of a traditional farmstead courtyard. Double-height glazed ‘links’ visually separate newer elements, thus minimizing the impact on the original Victorian Dwelling and enhancing views both to and from the surrounding countryside.

CHERRY TREE, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Private residential, Taking a derelict barn in a severe state of disrepair, we closely worked with our client to create a stunning new home, suited to the demands of their young family. Working to a tight budget and an even tighter deadline, we successfully combined the simple, open-plan characteristics of the original 19th Century building with a sleek and crisp white, contemporary interior.

OSSICLES, Oxfordshire, Private Residential, Height, space and drama were at the heart of the brief to create an outstanding, modern family home from this dated 1960s property. With a spectacular setting driving the design, the main living areas and master bedroom extend over six metres in height, positioned on the crest of this split-level plot to optimize views over the valley and surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Formed beneath curved parabolic zinc roofs that create a visionary aesthetic, this ingenious design pushes conventional boundaries throughout, suspending the study from the roof and housing a plethora of eco features, to create a unique and eclectic architectural showpiece.

ORCHARD BARN, East Hendred, Private Residential, A strong commitment to creative planning solutions, conservation and preservation saved this Listed barn from state of disrepair and formed the core of its conversion into a modern, spacious family home. In stripping back the barn to its original 18th Century, solid oak frame, the ground floor living accommodation has been reinvented, with a double-height space allowing warmth and light to reclaim damp, unheated areas. Externally, the barn has been refreshed with distinctive elm cladding. The scheme delivered a sensitive reinterpretation to the existing building, creating a clean, crisp space suitable for modern family living, while at the same time securing the future of a significant Listed Building.

HART STREET, Henley-on-Thames, Private Residential, Conservation and sympathetic renewal were at the core of this extension and renovation project to provide modern-day living within the setting of an historic Listed Building. The internal arrangement has been reconfigured to maximize useable space, creating a more contemporary living arrangement and introducing en-suite wet-rooms. A complete refurbishment unveiled a wealth of original period features, including a timber and brick-panelled wall and two original fireplaces, which have been sensitively restored using traditional materials. The scheme boasts a new single-storey extension, housing a modern kitchen, which complements and enhances the character of the existing property.

WHITEHILL, Henley-on-Thames, Private, Passion, forward-thinking design and strong client relations lie at the heart of this contemporary yet sensitive scheme for the renovation, extension and development to White Hill House. The existing Victorian property will be complimented by an innovative extension to create a home fit for modern family living; the introduction of a carefully considered palette of materials informs a fresh interpretation of the existing structure. The addition does not try to compete with the existing house, but rather attempts to make a positive architectural statement, in harmony with the surrounding environment.

OXFORD NURSERY, Oxford, Oxford University,This challenging brief called for the reconfiguration of an existing faculty building into a fun and vibrant nursery school for children of staff and students at Oxford University. The successful design delivers a functional layout, intended to meet strict OFSTED and OUED requirements. Themed rooms bring colour into play and create stimulating environments for children of all ages. Each room is colour-coded relating to the age group of the children and includes a feature wall with a graphic image to complement the colour theme. Colours extend beyond individual rooms, enabling safe and independent movement throughout. Added stimulus is provided through textured flooring, with the overall effect creating an interesting visual and sensory experience.

ST FRANCIS CHAPEL, Haywards Heath, Sussex, Early Years Childcare, Responding to the client’s brief to provide an inspirational learning environment, we delivered a cool, modern contrast to the historic core of this landmark building, achieving a striking blend of old and new. Considered an exceptional conversion by the local planning authority, we received praise for our vision and for complementing modern design with sympathetic delivery.

E-GROVE, Oxford, Oxford University, This phased development seeks to replace substandard, temporary porta-cabins with contemporary and executive teaching accommodation, offices and conference facilities. The proposed, low-carbon building is sited in recognition of a long-term masterplan, where the open first-floor balconies and expressed external frame of the new structure aspire to enhance the neighbouring Grade II Listed amphitheatre of Templeton College. A distinctive curved-roof form not only makes for a confident new addition to the family, but also provides sufficient height for projections in the first floor lecture spaces, reducing unnecessary bulk elsewhere.

BOWBRIDGE, Oxfordshire, Oxford Brookes University, Sympathetic and subtle design unlocked the planning constraints surrounding this sensitive river frontage and flood plain location at the site of Oxford Brookes University's new world-class centre of rowing excellence. The vision was to expand and update an outgrown, outdated building to produce a state-of-the-art facility, fit to support the demands of World and Olympic medallists and create an environment in which top-class athletes can shine. A contemporary interpretation of local agricultural buildings, compliant with stringent environmental and ecological benchmarks, underpins the concept. The simplistic gable form echoes a resplendent Tithe Barn on the banks of the Thames, a discreet silhouette within the landscape.

PLANT FARM, West of Waterlooville, Hampshire, Grainger Plc, Sustainability and a sympathetic blend of tradition with innovation form the core of this scheme to develop a Grade II Listed farmhouse as the keystone for an exemplary public space. The mixed-use scheme will deliver an expansive and vibrant social hub for the community, home to cafes, offices, craft studios and a cricket club. Formed around the original farmhouse and respecting the traditional farmstead plan, existing buildings will be preserved, while new additions demonstrate a modern interpretation of past forms. In an environment where bat towers and grass roofs sit comfortably alongside state-of-the-art solar panels, the concept is a showcase of sustainability, drawing on the best of modern ecological design and embracing the natural surroundings.

HECKFIELD, Hampshire, Heckfield Place Hotel & Estate , This comprehensive scheme to revitalize Heckfield Place Hotel and Estate includes a complete refurbishment of the Grade II Listed, 18th Century Manor House and a vernacular rebuild of the currently outdated accommodation and restaurant blocks, providing 56 five-star bedroom suites, along with restaurants and bars. A number of ancillary buildings on the estate are to be creatively reused, including the gate lodge, water tower and a design concept to transform the gardener’s bothy into a spa facility. With sustainability in mind, the hotel will utilise Biomass boilers, housed in a new energy centre on the site. Careful negotiation with the Conservation Officer ensures that the implementation of the interiors scheme, and insertion of modern services, into the Listed fabric of the Manor House is achieved comfortably and sensitively.

HENLEY LEISURE, Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire District Council, Applying creative thinking and an impressive design solution to the regeneration of the Henley Leisure facilities resulted in the winning of this competitive OJEC bid in 2006. A new lease of life has now been injected into this outmoded 1970’s sports centre. Modernization of the main body of the building is achieved with the use of cedar cladding and contrasting render, which helps to successfully unify the whole. The introduction of public and school entrances, together with a newly designed café, redefines the building as a cool, modern space.

PARK CLUB, Milton Park, Abingdon, MEPC UK, Starting with three concrete-framed warehouses, our challenge was to deliver an innovative conversion, extension and alteration; all rolled into one. Using a timber-clad cloister and entrance to connect the framed warehouses, and adding a new visitor’s reception box, we transformed the existing site into an impressive new 22,000 sq ft swimming pool and sports hall complex.

ISIS HOUSE, Henley-on-Thames, Spratley Studios Ltd, Isis house is a complete interior fit-out, which is very much a showcase project for Spratley Studios. Applying creative thinking has transformed the internal space into a cool, contemporary workspace. A new, American walnut, wrap-around reception desk is the focal point. Resin flooring was specified due to its versatile and unique appearance, adding contrast with the warmth of the wood. Low-level 'Scoop' seating is a design particularly suited to the reception area. The look is completed with the extraordinary moooi 'dandelion' suspension light.

LONGBARN, Fareham, Brooks Macdonald, Originally converted during the late 1980s and recently acquired by financial services company, Brookes Macdonald, the brief for Long Barn comprised a complete internal fit-out and modernization scheme, along with a new reception extension. In a six week project, the internal partitions and existing lighting were removed to open up the space and expose the true beauty of the barn. Complemented by subtle pendant lighting, two fire-rated glazed mezzanines were inserted, while the “dealing floor”, meeting rooms and service areas were reconfigured to make the best possible use of space. The addition of a crisp, clean-lined entrance porch adds to the creation of a contemporary working environment, within the setting of an historic barn.

PARK STREET, London, Brooks Macdonald, The brief from this prestigious Merchant Bank called for modernization of their London, Mayfair offices. Inserting a distinctive, modern interior reflects the company's lead position in the international finance market. Careful renovation of period features was complimented with contemporary styling, achieving an appealing dialogue. An inspired and considered design approach has successfully uplifted and regenerated the space.

CARBON COLOUR, Milton Park, Abingdon, Carbon Colour, A complete interior fit-out to create a neutral, cool and minimalist space using a birch veneer cube as a focal point. We combined innovative design with economical materials to produce maximum effect from the budget, without skimping on the aesthetic or impact of the finished space.

ROTHSCHILD, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Integritas BV, A showcase project, we worked closely with our client to complete a private refurbishment project for a prestigious banking organisation. The end result was to create an intimate and luxurious banking hall, together with meeting rooms and a pantry, all of which used the best possible materials and craftsmanship.

DICOM, Basingstoke, Dicom, Spratley Studios were appointed by Dicom to create an individual space which represented their creative and open-minded approach. Our vision was to design an open-planned and inclusive space, with flexibility being the key to suit future requirements within this growing business. Wood panels were used in the reception area to echo the building's external cedar and the use of woodland imagery continues throughout break-out areas, giving the feel of inside-out. The inclusion of glazed meeting rooms creates the feel of openness whilst providing some acoustic privacy. Corporate colours have been introduced in the form of work-screens, adding a design element to the otherwise white space.

UNIT 92, Milton Park, Abingdon, Psion, The scheme encompassed a complete interior atrium and laboratory fit-out to provide break-out facilities for the work place. A heavy, high-level plywood box hovers above the delicate ground-floor glass partitions. A play on ‘who is viewing whom’ was achieved using vision slots at different levels, while the open brief allowed us the flexibility to add another level of detail, incorporating bespoke furniture into the design.

COPPID HALL, Henley-on-Thames, Private residential, A sympathetic and loyal alteration and expansion project over two years to refurbish a Grade II Listed country house; our challenge was to deliver a lasting family legacy. To achieve this, we utilised ultra-modern techniques to match the original Victorian building methods. The result is a trademark Spratley mix of innovative 21st Century techniques combined with 19th Century style and detail.

HIGHWAY COTTAGE, Aston, Henley on Thames, Private Residential, This sensitive modern upgrade breathes a new lease of life into a previously dilapidated 17th Century cottage, under National Trust protection. Original features have been revealed and celebrated throughout, with a stunning master bedroom suite boasting original pine trusses, complemented by new green oak rafters. Elsewhere, a replacement orangery, open plan living spaces and a new, central timber staircase come together with spectacular effect. Sympathetic additions include an unobtrusive insulated envelope, along with sustainable energy supplied by a ground source heat pump to serve under-floor heating. Space-saving solutions are successfully blended with expertly concealed cutting-edge electronics, allowing for contemporary living within a period setting.

BLEWBURY MANOR, Blewbury, Didcot, Private Residential, A sensitive fusion of tradition and innovation holds the key to the success of this award-winning scheme for the extension and development of Grade II Listed Blewbury Manor. Within the building’s historic core, an entirely glass staircase adds real ‘wow-factor’, while a bespoke, curved-glass atrium discreetly encloses a central courtyard, bringing the outside in and integrating seamlessly into the existing structure - a true hidden gem. With large open spaces flooded in natural light, this is a home that embraces the surrounding environment and lends itself perfectly to the demands of modern family life.

GIBRALTAR HOUSE, Cookham Dean, Private, This seamless, four-storey extension to an imposing riverside Arts and Crafts house combines the original quality of craftsmanship with the very latest in technology and modern comfort. Expanded to enjoy its grounds, the result is an impressive home, reconfigured with contemporary spaces and up-to-the-minute facilities. The latest audiovisual controllability is expertly concealed and the extension as a whole remains true to the original building. A welcoming new entrance façade banishes the cold, upgrading the thermal performance of the whole to meet modern building regulation requirements.

CHERRY TREE, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Private residential, Taking a derelict barn in a severe state of disrepair, we closely worked with our client to create a stunning new home, suited to the demands of their young family. Working to a tight budget and an even tighter deadline, we successfully combined the simple, open-plan characteristics of the original 19th Century building with a sleek and crisp white, contemporary interior.