Penlee Planning

On behalf of the RNLI we have recently submitted a Planning Application to Cornwall Council for a new building to replace the existing Penlee lifeboat station. This application marks the next stage of the RNLI’s upgrade to provide modern crew facilities in Newlyn Harbour, including a larger Crew/ Operational Room, Training Room, Changing Room and Workshop. The new station will also house a Visitor Engagement area allowing the RNLI to convey the sea safety message to locals and visitors alike and be constructed to allow greater community use of its facilities.

The contemporary two-storey building is to be located on the same site as the existing station which will operate from temporary facilities during construction. With features in line with current RNLI operational standards and highly energy efficient, it will be timber clad with a monopitch roof and large timber windows enabling the RNLI to survey Newlyn Harbour and south and east into Mounts Bay and beyond.


Park Prewett News

The Rooksdown GP Surgery at Park Prewett, Basingstoke is now complete. Whilst the building was completed and handed over in May, works continued demolishing the portacabins which housed the old GP practice in order that car park works could be completed for the new surgery.

The new centre has become home to four doctors and a community health facility, supported by a new commercial pharmacy. The part single/part two story building, with contemporary shape and matching colour finishes reflect the more civic/contemporary status that the site and surrounding housing development required.  

   


Wide Lane Sports Enclosure

The Wide Lane Sports Enclosure in Eastleigh, for the University of Southampton is complete. The new timber structure and roof now disguise what were a pair of dilapidated portacabins and boiler house used as a storage facility. The new structure houses a series of new WC’s/changing facilities whilst also providing shelter and an area of seating for those watching sports on the adjacent playing fields.

      

       


Thruxton Karting Day a winner

We hosted our annual fast and furious karting event at the Thruxton circuit on 20th July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 teams of  guests and staff enjoyed a 2-hour Le Mans-style endurance race around this testing outdoor track, with some close racing and ever-improving lap times!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as the excitement on track, we were very pleased to raise £290 for Naomi House, our chosen charity for the event, so we’d like to thank all who attended for a thrilling race and their generous support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Celebrating our birthday by the river

We had a glorious day at the Leckford Estate on the River Test to celebrate our 25th anniversary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio Four staff and 70 guests spent the day trying their hand at fly fishing and touring the wonderful water gardens at Longstock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Longstock Park and Testside lakes created a perfect venue for first-timers to try casting flies, under the expert tuition of deputy head keeper Andy Bryan and his team from the Estate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch al fresco on a sunny day, with a delicious hog roast by Fat Hog and Big Pan Catering, was topped by Nick Lockyer and George Rankin cutting our “25” birthday cake. With traditional scale rules of course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were fortunate to have exclusive access to the water gardens all day and enjoyed the magnificent display of lilies and aquatic plants, all beautifully tended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Estate promised they would try to ensure everyone caught a fish to take home, and they very nearly succeeded!

 

Here’s Charlotte Malone from DBK having some luck in the morning..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and James Pinchon from Stephen Penfold Associates with his afternoon catch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Dunkley from ITD (assisted by our Emma McMullan) won a bottle of bubbly for best fish caught in the morning, and Mark Maffey from Studio Mode in the afternoon when he landed the biggest trout of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To end a perfect day, all fish caught could be taken home, so most attendees had fresh fish for supper!

We’d like to thank our client Waitrose for allowing us to spend the day at this wonderful spot in the heart of the Test Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thelma Cumberland promoted to Associate

We are pleased to announce that Thelma Cumberland, our Practice Manager based in the Romsey office, has been promoted to Associate as of the 1st July.

Thelma joined Studio Four shortly after it was founded, in 1995, and as such has been a key member of staff during the adaptations of the practice over the years.

Recently she has been adjusting her role to look after the company at a more strategic level and her promotion reflects the role she is now undertaking.


Top of the range kitchen

Our kitchen and family dining area extension for a private client is now completed, with kitchen fittings by Darren Jenner.


Developments On Site

Our large extension to a house in West Wellow is taking shape with a prefabricated timber frame structure now installed on site. The swimming pool hall has had its roof rafters installed ready for roof coverings this week.

 

Just around the corner our Romsey office are also seeing a barn conversion to holiday cottages through on site and glazing is being installed this week

 


Modern Barn Conversion

Our Romsey office have submitted a planning application to convert a modern farm structure into a contemporary holiday cottage for a repeat client. The building is situated in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, North of Andover and will provide a 2 bed holiday let for our client. The proposal seeks to maintain the industrial and lightweight feel with the use of zinc and corten steel cladding with glazing that maximises the view across the valley.

The application was submitted with the assistance of planning consultants; Kernon Countryside, and local Structural Engineers; Andrew Waring Associates. A planning decision is expected at the end of July.

For more information click here


Bitterne Parish Church

Studio Four’s design for Bitterne Parish Church were unveiled at a public exhibition over the weekend:

For more info click here: http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15339763.Multi_million_pound_plans_to_redevelop_church/

 


West Country Sites

Following success in the Test Valley, we are pleased to have been asked to review the development potential of Previously Developed Land sites across Somerset for Tony Langridge Consulting, on behalf of Aster Group.


Contemporary barn conversion

Our Romsey office have just submitted a Class Q planning permission to convert an existing agricultural barn into a contemporary dwelling

The proposal provides a modern aesthetic that reflects the existing materials on site. The view from a quiet but public track will be similar to what currently exists. Whilst the private side of the house will be heavily glazed and provide a modern open plan living space that connects to the open landscape. 

A guest bedroom is provided downstairs and 4 bedrooms on the first floor. 

Although open plan in nature the separate living spaces on the ground floor have their own individual characteristics so to define the space and enclose the living room and kitchen into more intimate spaces.

The application was submitted via the assistance of Advoco Planning and local Structural Engineers, Andrew Waring Associates.

        


Contemporary dwelling in Winchester

Our Romsey office have submitted plans for a contemporary dwelling on the outskirts of Winchester. The proposal involves removal of a low quality bungalow and construction of a 2 storey contemporary dwelling that provides a young family with a modern open plan building to reflect their living aspirations. Windows are carefully placed to maximise views and natural light whilst maintaining privacy.


Contemporary dwelling renovation

Our Romsey office have just submitted a planning application for a private dwelling in West Berkshire. The existing bungalow on this large site will be extensively modified to provide a first floor and a new large rear extension. The property sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and looks to create a high quality contemporary aesthetic for the clients. The application was submitted in collaboration with Jackson Planning Consultants.


Timsbury Extension

Our Romsey office have just submitted a planning application for a side and rear extension to an existing dwelling in Timsbury, complete with a new oak porch to the front door and an internal reconfiguration of the existing house.


Steve Robinson promoted to Director

We are very pleased to announce that from 1st June Steve Robinson, who has worked in our Winchester Office for 15 years, is now an Associate Director of the practice. 

Steve joined Studio Four in June 2002 as a Part II Graduate from Brighton University and went on to qualify as an Architect, gaining his Part III and full RIBA title in 2004. He was promoted to Associate in 2015 and today joins the other directors in managing the running of the practice.

He has worked on a wide variety of projects covering many sectors during his time with the practice, from Primary Healthcare work on GP Surgeries at Whiteley and Bognor Regis, to University and Leisure projects both locally and as far afield as Lancashire.

Since 2006 Steve has been responsible for building a very close relationship between the practice and the RNLI, having successfully completed new lifeboat stations at Hayling Island, Cowes and Selsey, and with Llandudno imminent. He is now working on many of the RNLI’s other key projects, including Margate, Penlee and various others around the British coastline. His expertise in putting together successful designs and Planning applications for sites in remote marine locations and coastal towns is now second to none!

He is an avid promoter of Revit and BIM, working with the RNLI to develop protocols for all their new buildings going forward. He manages the Design Team in most cases, reporting back to the RNLI monthly on progress and budget. This workload obviously also involves a lot of travelling, which Steve undertakes with good grace despite the demands of a young family! And the call of a Saints home game!

We wish him continued success as he takes on this new position and hope all our colleagues will join us in congratulating him on a very successful career.


Another Permission for Previously Developed Land

Planning permission has been received at Committee for three dwellings on Previously Developed Land in the village of Kings Somborne. This is the second successful application of a number of similar schemes being submitted for various other PDL sites across the Test Valley area with Tony Langridge Consulting, on behalf of Aster Group


Steel Framing

Our large house extension in Wellow, Hampshire is progressing well on site this week with installation of half of the ground floor planks and assembly of the steel frame which forms the swimming pool hall and contains an indoor pool, spa, sauna and bar area.

The prefabricated  timber frame element has also started on site and will take about 2-3 weeks to assemble.

Our Romsey office have also just been commissioned to design a large garage for the clients car collection which will be partially submerged into the ground

for more information on this project click here


Lauren Honey receives her MSc in Historic Building Conservation

Congratulations to Lauren on receiving confirmation of her MSc in Historic Building Conservation from the University of York!

She is currently working on historic building Heritage Statements for the Leckford Estate and other listed buildings across the southern region.


Farm Development Progress

Our conversion of 3 existing barns into 2 holiday cottages has now been on site for a month and things are progressing well with the majority of the underpinning now complete and 1 of the new floor slabs installed. The existing roofs are being stripped with a watching eye from our ecologist as the barns have been hosting a number of bats over the years. for more information on this project click here


Winchester extensions

Our 2 contemporary extensions in Winchester are now complete on site. for more information click here


Selsey Lifeboat Station nears completion

The new RNLI lifeboat station at Selsey is nearing completion, with final touches now being applied. 

   

The station includes a circular window depicting the original offshore station, to be demolished on completion of the new. For more information click here.

Watch the last launch of the lifeboat from the old station, together with pictures of the new replacement, here, here and here


London Clinic works complete

The alterations to main reception, new staff entrance and alterations to administration areas have now been completed at The London Clinic in Westminster.


More work at Frimley Park Hospital

We are very pleased to have been appointed by the Frimley Health Foundation Trust to act as Principal Designer on a range of projects to be carried out at the busy Frimley Park campus over the next few years.

We are already in the process of arranging tenders for the Phase 2 and 3 refurbishment works to Ward F9 as the Trust’s Architects and Principal Designer, working alongside Aecom as QS and Gurney as Structural Engineers.


Paul Veysey promoted to Associate

We are very pleased to announce that at the beginning of January Paul Veysey, who has now worked in our Romsey Office for 10 years was made an Associate of the practice.

Paul joined Studio Four in June 2006 as a Part II Graduate from Portsmouth University and went on to qualify as an Architect, gaining his Master’s Degree and full RIBA title in 2011.

Paul has worked on a wide variety of projects covering many sectors during his time with the practice from NHS work on the mainland and Isle of Wight to residential and commercial projects as far afield as Oxfordshire. Paul is very experienced in dealing with awkward planning applications including listed buildings and buildings within conservation areas.

Of recent Paul was the project Architect for the Smile Centre in Waterlooville and is currently carrying out the same role at the Rooksdown GP Surgery, Park Prewett, Basingstoke

We wish him continued success as he takes on this new position.


Progress at Llandudno

Work is well under way on the new lifeboat station at Llandudno for the RNLI. The copper roof is progressing and the external local stone cladding is virtually complete.

Steve Robinson took these photos on site last week.

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More information on this project can be found here


Consents at University of Winchester

Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent have been received for external works in a rundown area of existing car park at the West Downs Student Village of the University of Winchester, to create additional cycle and bin storage, and a defined area for takeaway pizza and online shopping deliveries!

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large extension starts on site

Our large domestic project in Wellow has started on site. This contemporary project will provide the client and his family with a swimming pool, gym, music room and cinema room.

for more information click here

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Farm project planning success

Our Specialist Projects division have successfully obtained planning permission for the conversion of 3 brick farm buildings into holiday cottages in Sherfield English.

The project will commence on site shortly and this project will be one of a number of developments on the site.

For more information click here

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Another successful framework appointment

We are pleased to have been appointed as architects for the Waitrose Leckford Estate, and are now looking at a number of possible developments and refurbishments at properties and sites within this 4,000 acre estate spanning the River Test, on behalf of the John Lewis Partnership.


Southampton General – Paediatric ED & Children’s Hospital

Studio Four are working with Kier under the Procure 21+ framework, on the Paediatric Emergency Department project at Southampton General Hospital. This project has restarted after an interruption to provide a temporary Ambulance Assessment unit within the same space. The project is to generate a new Paediatric Emergency Department within the existing neighbouring shell building to create a new enlarged service and in doing so, provide much needed expansion space for the Adult Emergency Department. The shell building is also to be the base of the future Southampton Children’s Hospital.

for further information click here

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Barn Projects

Our Specialist Projects Division has been appointed on 2 new projects to provide Architectural services in converting agricultural buildings into dwellings. One is located in Whitchurch and will look to design a new build house on the footprint of the existing building. The other in the South Downs National Park and will look to reutilise an existing structure. Both enjoy stunning views across the countryside.

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Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre new facilities now open

Gold medal Paralympian Andy Lewis officially opened the new sport and leisure facilities at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre yesterday.

The works include a 17-wall adventure climbing experience, children’s softplay area, enlarged gym, café and studios, improved library accessibility and an additional 130 parking spaces.

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The project also included a new canopy to highlight the main entrance.

For more information click here.


Last News of 2016

Time to shut the Studio Four computers down again until the New Year.

As we do so, there are two offices sharing our dedicated Cloud server, and by this time next year we’ll all be sharing the same central IT resources.

Our offices will now be closed until 3rd January 2017.

“2017” – that will be Studio Four’s 25th year. Watch out for news on special celebratory events!

We wish all our clients, colleagues and contacts Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year, from all at Studio Four.


Making Winchester University more accessible

To enhance the accessibility of the University of Winchester campus, a new bridge has been introduced from Burma Road to the top floor of the Design & Technology Building.

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An original metal fire escape ramp has been replaced with a new gently inclined bridge, designed to match our previous link bridge to the Kenneth Kettle Building.


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Our 2 contemporary extensions in Winchester are nearing completion on site.

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2016 Award Success

We’ve had a fantastic year in 2016, winning numerous Awards as an Architectural Practice. Below is a list of what we’ve achieved:

2017 Home Builder Awards ‘Best Residential Architecture Practice – South England’

2017 Interior Design Awards ‘Best Interior Design Practice – Hampshire’

LABC Building Excellence 2016 Winner (South West) ‘Best Large Commercial Building’ – Chineside seafront Café, Bournemouth

LABC Building Excellence 2016 Winner (South East) ‘Best Small Commercial Building’ – Brighton Marina Yacht Club

RICS 2016 Winner (South East) ‘Residential’ – Rushmore Farm

RICS 2016 Shortlisted (South East) ‘Conservation’ – Rushmore Farm

RICS 2016 Highly Commended (South East) ‘Community’ – Naomi House

RICS 2016 Shortlisted (South West) ‘Tourism & Leisure’ – Chineside seafront Café, Bournemouth

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Double Planning permission for SIVA Group

We have obtained Planning permission for two projects for the SIVA Group at Woolston in Southampton.

One is for a major extension and re-cladding of the existing main Spitfire House factory.

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The other is for a new 2,140sqm matching warehouse on an adjacent site off Hazel Rd.

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Both projects are now in pre-construction stage, with Studio Four novated to Amiri Construction.


Newsletter for 2017

Our end of year newsletter is now complete and available by clicking on the below link

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Replacement Dwelling approved

Planning permission has now been received for a new 413 sqm (4,450 sqft) replacement 6-bedroom dwelling at Chilbolton, 8 miles north of Winchester overlooking the Test Valley.

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Farm developments

Phase 1 of our holiday cottage development in Sherfield English has started on site with enabling works getting underway. Phase 2 will begin in Spring next year. for more information click here

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Terraced house extensions

Our extensions to 2 character terraced houses in Winchester are taking shape and should be complete by the end of the month. For further project information click here

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Waterfront house

One of our waterfront houses in Netley is progressing well on site. See here for more project information.

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Tea’s Made

Our new extension to the Twinings factory at Andover is now handed over on site.

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The extension houses three new tea blending drums and associated weighing, vacuum transfer and loading facilities, and was built by Mitie with plant installed by Azo.

 

 

 

 

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It involved cutting a 19 x 9m hole in the existing factory structure and building a new 3-storey high “box” with mezzanine floor. The opportunity was taken to introduce more daylight into the factory with windows on the west elevation.

 

Designing the scheme in Revit allowed co-ordinated building and plant drawings to be prepared, avoiding clashes and allowing for plant to be safely installed from ground level.

 

 

We’re now progressing with further Production and Administration projects at the factory.

 


Planning Permission for new dwelling

Our Southampton office have obtained Planning Permission for a new build house in Warsash.

Proposals originally sought to retain the existing building, extend and refurbish with contemporary design elements. This project evolved to result in a total new build to allow for uncompromised accommodation and to fully meet the requirements of the client. The 2.5-storey building contains 5 bedrooms, en-suites, integrated garage, recessed and projecting balcony spaces and an office future-proofed to become a further bedroom with en-suite. The proposed building takes full advantage of water views to the west with full height glazing.

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Planning permission for large private house extension

Our Specialist Projects division has recently acquired planning permission for a large private house extension in Hampshire. The project comprises a large contemporary structure that will provide an indoor heated swimming pool, cinema room, gym and music room. Technical design is underway and works will start on site before the end of the year. For further information click here

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First Test Valley Planning permission for Aster Group

Planning permission has been received for a new bungalow on a Previously Developed Land site in Nether Wallop. Planning applications are being submitted for various other PDL sites across the Test Valley area with Tony Langridge Consulting, on behalf of Aster Group


Brixham House

Our new build contemporary dwelling in Devon is now complete, click here for further information

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Two rural Planning applications submitted

Full Planning applications have been submitted for a new replacement dwelling at Chilbolton, and also for a new Orangery extension to a listed property at East Wellow.

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Church extension application

After positive feedback from our pre-app application to the local council, our specialist projects division have submitted a full planning application for a small extension to All Saints church in Houghton.

For further information please click here

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