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.
Our Beckenham new-build is coming along. Not long until completion and we are very happy with the progress so far. Take a look at these stairs!
We engaged Designcubed to design an extension to our house in 2014. This was an important project for us and having had difficult experiences on previous building projects we had a degree of trepidation as well as the usual budget constraints. Stephen helped us enormously by helping us decide what was most important to us and to suggest solutions that would not have occurred to us. His support during the tendering period and in the initial meetings with the builder also helped us feel more confident in our decision making.
As the project progressed, we identified new requirements and the builder identified constraints, Stephen was receptive and flexible and able to adapt the design where we all agreed it made sense. The positive and constructive relationship Stephen had with the builder was a great help in making sure it all went smoothly.
We have been delighted with our extension since it was completed in 2015 and the time Designcubed spent with us making sure we knew what we wanted and what that would look like was crucial to that success
We have just been awarded planning permission for this exciting single storey rear garden extension in Beckenham, London which includes the renovation and remodelling of existing ground and first floors; and a loft conversion in the roof.
We were proud to pick up this commendation from the St Albans Civic Society for our project at Beaumont School, St Albans – some nice words!
However, we were even more happy to receive the following testimonial from the School’s Head of Governors, Alex Hall – there is nothing more rewarding than a happy client:
The FAB Project at Beaumont School was a highly ambitious redevelopment scheme for the school’s sports facilities. It involved turning the whole school site through 90 degrees, with a new entrance, new car park and reception facilities. A new sports hall had to be integrated into this design, along with classrooms and conference facilities.
From the start, Stephen Blowers and Designcubed immersed themselves in the school and its ethos to seek to achieve a design which fitted with the school’s ambitions but also took into account its older architecture and lay-out. The eventual design was both innovative and in keeping with the other buildings nearby – a sports hall, wrapped around by reception area and classrooms, which echoes the original 1930s architecture of the school. Stephen and the team clearly listened very carefully to what the school wanted, but then extended this into a design which went beyond our own expectations.
Designcubed’s new Block A at Beaumont School has transformed the educational experience of both staff and students. An already outstanding school now has outstanding facilities to match its needs and ambitions. Despite the tight timescales involved in delivering the project, Stephen and the team were always prepared to “go the extra mile” to support the school with this project. Above all, we very much enjoyed working with them, and both the school and the local community are delighted with the results. We would thoroughly recommend them.
Head of Governors
Beaumont School, St. Albans
This planning application is for the refurbishment, remodelling, & extension of an existing 60’s style detached dwelling within the Clifton Conservation Area of York. The extensive alterations include reworking of the elevations including a single storey extension at the front of the property; relocation of the front entrance from the main facade to the side; raising of the roof to provide for an additional floor of accommodation; and a secure detached car port to the rear. The aim is to retain many of the design elements of the existing 60’s dwelling (footprint, window proportions, materials) whilst responding to features of the neighbouring period (and period style) properties (scale, proportion, roof pitch and prominent gables).
For the 5th time our Courtyard House was open to the public as part of the Open House weekend. We had a great turnout! 512 visitors in 4 hours!
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Whilst our clients are away on holiday we are starting on site with this exciting extension and transformation of a 1930’s end of terrace in Honor Oak, London. It should be complete in 3 months.