Bristol County Cricket: a summer of cricket for gcp

On the 21st April 2019 we were appointed to help Gloucestershire Country Cricket Club deliver Phase 1 of this fast-paced project for England v Pakistan ODI on May 14th. Phase 1 has been designed to improve the existing indoor practice hall with a new configuration of bowling lanes, nets and LED lighting adopting the ECB latest format standards encapsulated in their 2019-2023 Inspiring Generation strategy.

 

The bowling and batting ends have now been switched creating a safer entrance approach to the hall with new padding up and bag drop areas with IT enhanced coaching aids. The new lights are the very first LED, ECB approved installation designed to provide 1500 lux in the practice nets.

 

gcp worked closely with Ridge & Partners (QS) and Griffiths Evans (Lighting Engineers) and 21st Century Building Services to deliver Phase 1.

 

Phase 2 (yet to be instructed) is would extend the hall allowing the bowlers a longer run-up in line ECB technical design standards.

 

gcp are also working directly for the ECB to deliver a new Urban Cricket Centre in Leyton, East London in time for the Cricket World Cup being hosted in England throughout this summer.

Morley Road Secured by Design

gcp and Halsall Construction have achieved the Secured by Design Gold Award for the LiveWest development of 21 houses and flats at Morley Road, Staple Hill. Gold is the highest level of security and is awarded to developments which incorporate physical security to the new homes and crime prevention techniques in the layout and landscaping of the site.

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Signatory: Bristol Women in Business Charter

Congratulations on becoming a signatory to the new Bristol Women in Business Charter. We are delighted that you plan to make progress towards gender equality in your organisation. [...] Thank you for being part of the movement to make Bristol business gender equal, developing better business and improving the city for all those who live and work here.
— Bristol Women in Business Charter
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Facility expansion at Avon Valley country park

Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife park are celebrating 30 years of successful business with a substantial new catering offer. Their desire to achieve excellence in all the park's facilities is the key reason gcp are excited to be appointed as architects on this scheme.

The popularity of the family friendly wildlife park has grown dramatically in recent years and to ensure the visitors experience continues to be great, AVA&WP are rethinking and expanding their catering facilities. The catering overhaul includes their first al fresco cafe experience, a grab & go cafe and a seated restaurant. It will substantially improve customer experience and responds to a dramatic rise in customer numbers over recent years.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the park to further develop their facilities in line with their new brand image. Avon Valley has grown to be the 4th most popular tourist attraction in B&NEs and the 10th most popular in the West of England region; not only does it have a strong brand identity for visitors to the region, it is well-loved and cherished in the local area too.

For gcp, this project builds on the success of the B Block bistro at the Chocolate Quarter in Keynsham for St Monica Trust completed in May 2018.

We are pleased to be working with Emily Pearman of Studio EP again, the concept sketches below are hers.

Mark Affordable Housing wins Somerset LABC Award

Recently completed affordable rural housing designed by gcp Chartered Architects has won the ‘Best Affordable Housing’ category in the Somerset Local Authority Building Control Awards. The project, designed for South Western Housing Society and built by EG Carter Construction, provides 12 new homes for local families. gcp designed the homes to be comfortable and cheap to run, incorporating high levels of insulation with heating and hot water provided by ground-sourced heat pumps. Residents will enjoy low energy costs from a simple technology that is easy to operate and maintain.

Winner – Best Affordable Housing

Winner – Best Affordable Housing

Spencer and Norton get new lease of life

gcp are working for specialist contractor Rateavon on this is an external restoration project for two early 1960’s Bristol City Council tower blocks in sight of St Mary Redcliffe. This scheme includes window replacement, new roofing and complete redecoration.

Working within the constraints of two adjacent conservation areas, colour options to change the identity of the blocks away from established colour palette normally associated with affordable housing in the city have been carefully considered and discussed with the council’s conservation and planning officers before offering then to residents for comment.

Spencer and Norton are the 6th set of tower blocks we have worked on in the city since 2015 and over that time we have developed a detailed understanding of the issues associated with refurbishing these iconic buildings.

A planning application will be made before end of 2018 and works started October 2018 and are scheduled for completion by November 2019.

Spencer House from Bedminster Bridge roundabout

Spencer House from Bedminster Bridge roundabout

Handover at Mark, Somerset

Our latest rural housing scheme was handed over this week at Mark, Somerset.

The 10 new homes for South Western Housing Society are located on the edge of the village and form a lovely courtyard development providing a range of homes that include bungalows, houses and apartments, to cater for a range of housing needs.

The development is already fully let to people from the local area - excited to be moving in to these light and spacious homes. The development has been constructed by EG Carter Construction with a really excellent standard of finish. The homes have heating and hot water provided by Ground-Source Heat Pumps; which will keep energy costs to a minimum.

This development provides an excellent benchmark for affordable rural housing.

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Recruitment: Architectural Technologist

gcp Chartered Architects is looking to recruit an architectural technologist with at least three year’s experience producing construction information on multiple unit housing projects accurately and to demanding deadlines.  Experience of AutoCad and Revit would be a distinct advantage.  If you are interested in this post with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience then please contact me at jeremy.pilling@gcparch.co.uk in the first instance.  No agencies please.

Welcome Olia Kyritsi!

gcp is pleased to welcome Olia Kyritsi to the team!

Olia is a Chartered Architect, with 5 years working experience on residential, retirement living and commercial schemes, work spaces and leisure centres.

She holds a MArch from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSC on Environmental Design of Buildings from the Welsh School of Architecture.

Both she and Matt Bonney join at the start of a busy - and exciting - summer period for gcp.

 

Welcome Matt Bonney!

gcp is pleased to welcome Matt Bonney to the team!

Matt is a recently qualified architect who previously worked for 360 Architecture in Glasgow. He graduated from Strathclyde University in 2016, where his studies focused on developing sustainable buildings with inter-seasonal energy storage.