Photographer Siobhan Doran was commissioned by our client at Gwendolen Avenue to photograph this total renovation project for a Documentary Book
See some of her beautiful pictures from the book on her website: http://www.siobhandoran.com/project/gwendolen-avenue/
Students, staff and special guests attended a special ceremony to mark the progress of the foundations and steel structure for a brand new £3.65m Zoological Education Centre at Shuttleworth College.
Guest of honour, Owen Craft, General Manager at the world renowned ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Whipsnade Zoo, near Dunstable, was joined by student ambassadors, The Bedford College Group CEO and Principal Ian Pryce CBE, Centre Curator Carl Groombridge and College Governor, Alasdair Simmons to tighten one of the structural bolts for the steel frame at the land-based learning campus at Old Warden near Biggleswade.
Bringing the Amazon and The Outback to Bedfordshire, Shuttleworth College’s ZEC will be the only Further Education centre in the UK to have a specially-designed biome for housing tropical creatures from around the world. The unit will follow an “Evolutionary Pathway” along which students will learn how to look after every “order” of the animal kingdom. It will include an aquatic room, bird flight area and outside paddocks for the bigger animals.
This highly specialised training which young people can undertake at The Bedford College Group facility will prepare them to follow the trails cut by earlier students who are now working in prestigious zoos and conservation centres.
We just started on site with this total refurbishment and rear extension in West Dulwich.
It provides the re-configuration of interior spaces including: the attic; two bathrooms; and the reception / entrance hall. Extensive refurbishment and upgrading of existing services will also be carried out.
We’re looking forward to posting some site photos soon.
The frame is going up. We are exited to see the fast progress on site.
Following two previous fouled planning attempts with our first Architect we were close to the point of giving up, we felt the Architect had run out of steam and ideas on the project so we made the decision to move on and give it another roll of the dice..
When we came across Stephen at Designcubed we were inspired by his own self-build on a difficult site in East Dulwich. Stephen offered to come down to offer some advice on whether to continue. Our site was in our back garden, it had many Tree Preservation Orders, was on a slope, and had tight access. As soon as Stephen arrived he was fall of inspiring ideas and couldn’t conceal his excitement to take on the challenge. We decided that night that Designcubed where the one’s to take our project forward.
The designs were amazing and after a long wait we finally gained planning approval with Designcubed’s first attempt. They worked well as the lead designers pulling all the other design professions together seamlessly and making sure we had a watertight design in place before trades started onsite. They also helped with obtaining quotes from trades and other specialists.
As a first time self-builder the help we received from Designcubed was beyond the design fee and duty of an architect and was very much appreciated in delivering this most wonderful house. I would certainly recommend them to anyone considering taking on their own project.
Working with Stephen at Designcubed has been a pleasure from our very first meeting together. Stephen is not just a talented architect with plenty of ideas but is patient, honest and always willing to go the extra mile. We felt really listened to and as a result Stephen understood our needs as a family and created a space that suited both our style and budget.
We are just about to start the build and feel really confident that we’ve got the plans and preparation in place to ensure a fantastic outcome.
Jez and Libby Galaun
Working with Designcubed has been a very enjoyable experience with the closest eye to professional detail. Due to the complexities of such a specialist development for housing animals in an educational setting, I was a little anxious about meeting industry standards due to the uniqueness of this development. However, Stephen and his team listened and responded really well to all requests and made this project exciting and rewarding, a truly first class company.
From day one Stephen and his team were extremely supportive and went the extra mile in supporting us with ideas and attention to detail for providing answers to a very specialist development, allowing for quality provision of animal housing in an educational setting. The results were amazing and I could not be happier!
Animal Welfare Centre Manager,
Shuttleworth College, Old Warden, Beds.
We bought our home many years ago knowing that one day we would refurbish to transform it into a space that would accommodate our growing family. We approached Designcubed after reading about their work in a local magazine and were impressed by their elegant, inviting and practical design on their previous projects. Above all, they understood our brief very well early on and even challenged with suggestions to achieve our objectives without needing to break ground or knock down walls. This gave us confidence that they were the team to guide us through the design, planning and build phase. Along the journey, Stephen and Robert are fantastic to work with, as a team and individually. They guided us through issues and changes that invariably occurs during a project whilst ensuring our budget and timeline were met.
The result is a home built for modern and postive ‘chi’ living that gives us great joy.
I have no hesitation in recommending the team at Designcubed.
Steven & Joyce Tang
Our site originally contained a tired pre-cast concrete bungalow which was compromised in several ways. Located adjacent to the main road and on the banks of the Grand Union Canal achieving planning permission was always going to be a challenge. Designcubed rose to the challenge and, working closely with us, proposed a design that was perfect for our needs. Our new home not only provides a beautiful bookend to Southbank Road with beautiful views over the canal it is also bigger than the one we demolished, with extra parking, and a bigger garden to boot – quite some feat! Our Building Inspector liked it so much he remarked, ‘You have built a landmark house, you can’t change anything!’.
A little special extra feature for me, I can drink my morning coffee at the breakfast bar and look out, through the two slot windows into the carport at the classic car I have owned for more than thirty years.
Canal Side House,
Designcubed was appointed by Bedford College as architect for the development of The Bedford Sixth Form, a new college campus established in 2012 in buildings which had been previously used for an independent girls’ school.
The project was enormously challenging for the college. The buildings dating back to 1880 had been badly designed, having had numerous extensions and upgrades over a period of many years.
The college had extremely tight timescales and even tighter budgets to achieve a vibrant and engaging educational environment for 500 students. Designcubed added huge value to our project bringing both great design ideas whilst being mindful of budget and necessary practicalities.
As a result of our partnership working, and with Designcubed’s lead on design, we were able to create an impressive learning environment, incorporating some really interesting design features. Designcubed are highly professional and client centred and I would not hesitate in recommending them.