Park Cottage – Nearing completion

Bath, UK

Park Cottage is nearly finished, with Practical Completion likely to be achieved in the coming days. The landscaping has also been rapidly progressing over the last few months, which has made a huge difference to the feel of the site. Bath Bespoke have begun to install their final specialist joinery items, ready for the client to begin enjoying their new home.

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Format Engineers

Bath Bespoke

Little Court progress update

Bath, UK

Little Court is progressing rapidly towards completion in early September. The walls are up, the roof is on and the windows are in. The contractor is getting finishes underway and specialist joinery items are waiting to be installed by Young & Norgate.

Obtained planning permission

Rodwell Rd | Weymouth, UK

We are delighted to have obtained detailed planning approval for this block of six flats in Weymouth providing much needed high quality, flexible accommodation in a very sustainable location close to the town centre. This scheme, though replacing an existing building, is fully justified in terms of sustainability.

The new building replaces a very tired 1930s detached house which sits on a prominent corner between a busy main road and a quieter residential street. The existing house is incongruous and sits back from the building line and represents something of a void on the corner.

The new building reinforces the street corner being positioned right out to the back of the pavement, maximising the potential of the site and maintaining the maximum distance from neighbours.

The flats are all 2 bed flats with two “equal” bedrooms in order to provide flexible accommodation for a wide range of different occupiers – from younger people doing a flat share to older couples who want separate bedrooms. The flats are fully accessible and all of them benefit from a private external space and a covered parking space in the undercroft, as well as additional secure storage for each flat.

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Designscape is open for business

Working remotely

In line with current UK Government recommendations to protect the health of our staff and others, we have instituted measures to enable us to work remotely and continue to provide our high quality and collaborative service. If you wish to make contact with a specific member of our team and you know their email address, please use that in the first instance and they will call back, alternatively, ring the main studio number. This will usually be answered, if not, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible

Chris Mackenzie 

Spencer Back 

Hilary Bassett 

Livia Klimaj

Josh Wyles

Lauren Tyrrell

Ian Hewitt

Timothy Hayward-Browne

Kamen Rusev

Construction progress

23 Crowe Lane

Construction of this innovative new house is progressing on site. The foundations are cast. The engineered timber superstructure is next.

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2019 in review

A successful year in architecture

Despite the challenging economic climate, 2019 was a positive year for Designscape both in realising some exciting new building projects in the Bath area and working with some exciting new clients in both regeneration & sustainability. 

As flag bearers for the #Architects Declare campaign (the industry ‘call to arms’ for the climate emergency & biodiversity crisis) not only did we attend some interesting talks but have also introduced our own CPD programme to address the issue of designing and building sustainably.

 

Realised buildings

The Schoolhouse

Sensitive alteration & extension of a Listed Victorian home harnessing natural daylight into an otherwise dark interior improving inhabitants’ wellbeing and reducing energy bills. More images of The Schoolhouse can be seen here.

The Schoolhouse, Wiltshire

Middle Stoke 

An innovative cantilevered house with green roof embedding the building into the landscape. Read more here.

Middle Stoke, Bath

Withycombe House

An alteration & extension complete with green roof and bat boxes to support biodiversity. More project details can be found here.

 Withycombe House, Bath

Park Cottage

Including a Zollinger Roof (believed to be the first in the country) resulting in 40% less timber in the construction resulting in improved sustainability. Take a closer look at this project here.

Park Grounds

A resource recovery plant whose design presenting a positive step in significant reduction in landfill and increase in recyclables, simultaneously producing waste energy that will feed back into the National Grid. Click here to read more.

Audley Park & Widcombe Crescent one new build and one extension both nearing completion.

Planning consents

Madam’s Paddock

Planning Consent (following Design Review Panel) for a new build home situated in the Green Belt between Bath & Bristol.  More details can be found here.

Madams Paddock, by Designscape Architects

Crowe Lane

Planning Consent for Crowe Lane, a sustainable new build on the edge of Bath which will be constructed of local materials and machined timber.

Crowe Lane, sustainable new build home in Bath

The Beacon

A contemporary new build on a wooded site over looking Bath, designed to make the most of the site with minimum impact.

The Beacon, designed by Designscape Architects, Bath

Business development

The tail end of 2019 also saw us invited to pitch for a master planning project in the ‘Education’ sector following sight of our designs for improved outdoor space & energy efficiency at Freshford School . We were appointed to 2 new local authority frameworks, SWPA & WPA. And most notably we have recently submitted and landmark proposal for a client that, if approved, will see construction of a prototype commercial building that will bring enormous benefits to the local community through both its design & purpose.

Our Team

Our continued commitment to encouraging young architects into the industry, by supporting their professional development saw us welcome 3 new architectural assistants to the practice in 2019 along with a marketing & business development lead.

Technology

Investing in new technology in order to improve the service we offer to our clients both in terms of visualising their project ahead of build & in designing buildings that use materials responsibly & economically has elevated our service in 2019.


We have also redesigned our website during 2019 in order that we can better tell our story while showcasing our body of work and are committed to bringing new content to our clients and collaborators to continue our journey of designing sustainable buildings that are a joy for users to inhabit.

Big sheds

In collaboration with Bath based engineering practice, Format Engineers, we have developed our own ‘Big Sheds’ initiative & produced a manifesto to help commercial clients design more efficiently and sustainably as we move into a new era. We hope that this stimulates a wider conversation around commercial buildings, especially as see an increase in storage and distribution requirements as online shopping habits continue to rise. Exactaform in Coventry below, is one such Big Shed that we designed in response to our client’s brief for a work environment that helps improve employee wellbeing. 

Community & sustainability

Over the past 12 months we collaborated with Bath & NES Independent Group in the run up to the local elections, specifically around transport in Bath. We shared insights on our Free Buses in Bath campaign, first aired as part of the Imagine Bath competition. This is an initiative we spearheaded with RIBA SW in 2015, off the back of a hunch that many of those inhabiting Bath have a little dream of how they would like to improve it.

Keen to see Bath better serve its inhabitants, we were also participants at the inaugural ‘Therapeutic City’ Festival in August, an initiative we are keen to support and have more involvement with in 2020.

presentation

Off the back of our commitment to #Architects Declare, and conscious of reducing our practice’s carbon footprint, we arranged a ‘low impact’ annual study trip this year, heading north to enjoy the architectural delights the Midlands to inspire and focus our design thinking. 

All round, a positive year for Designscape Architects and we look forward to embracing what 2020 brings in building design.

Construction is about to commencce

Eastcourt

Work on constructing this new house is about to commence. This 5 bedroom house located in Lansdown, Bath is arranged in two wings and features buff brickwork, Bathstone columns and window surrounds.

Planning approval obtained

Beacon Edge | Bath, UK

Planning approval has been obtained for this innovative new house located in Bath. Positioned on the edge of a wooded hillside above the city, the house cantilevers over the slope below to minimise foundation structure.


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Construction progress

Little Court

Construction work is progressing in the construction of the new extension and comprehensive remodelling of this 6 bedroom house in Lansdown Bath.

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Avonbridge House – Listed Building Consent

A Headquarters in a Listed factory building

Listed Building Consent and planning approval has been obtained for the conversion of former attic space within what was once the first Condensed Milk factory in the country to office space. Occupiers Alliance Pharmaceuticals intend to expand to include this space by 2021 and have been refurbishing the building in phases. Interior Design and space planning is by Wylde IA.

https://www.dscape.co.uk/avonbridge-house/
Listed Building Consent and planning approval has been obtained for the conversion of…