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Works are progressing on site at RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) Lowlands Equestrian Centre on their new spectators area for the indoor menage, training accommodation and new offices. Due for completion in 2019, Greswolde Construction are completing the project in phases, the first of which is before Christmas.

Above, outdoor viewing area

Above, indoor viewing area for 150 people

Above, exterior of new training and office building

For images of the completed project see our post from February 2017.

Registration Services moved to Stratford Library

Robothams are working with Warwickshire County Council to relocate Stratford’s Registration team into the town’s library. The project will co-locate the facilities to improve services for the public as well as locating the ceremony room in the building’s historic heart.

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Warwickshire County Council’s press release said;

“Stratford-upon-Avon Library is to start a new chapter in 2017 with the opening of a new ceremony room for weddings.

The historic library building, next door to Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Henley Street, will accommodate Stratford’s Registration Office from the end of the year with marriage ceremonies being offered from February 2017.

The move comes as the Registration Office’s lease at Winton House on Church Street expires. Although the county council was able to secure a temporary lease at Winton House for an additional 12 months, a long-term solution needed to be found so that people could continue to use registration services in the centre of town.

The co-location of library and registration services will help the council to deliver better value for money by accommodating both services in one building.

Diane Lampard, Superintendent Registrar for Warwickshire County Council, said: “We are very excited by the move which will offer couples wanting to get married in Stratford a landmark location next door to Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

“The history, prominence and desirability of this location, will improve our registration offer to local and overseas customers.”

The plans include the creation of two self-contained offices for the registration of births and deaths, in addition to a ceremony space called The Henley Room on the ground floor.

The Henley Room, which will have a separate entrance to the Public Library, will be used for marriages for up to 35 guests and special library activities such as author events. The room will also unlock a historic and fascinating part of the building – the former entrance to Stratford’s Technical School – which dates back to the late 1800s.

Tracey Baker, Customer Services Manager for Warwickshire Libraries, explained that the plans have been drawn up to capitalise on existing space and that officers were given “a very strict brief” not to lose library shelving or computer facilities.

She said: “It is vitally important that any move is in the interest of all our customers and we are working hard to minimise disruption to library users.”

From mid-September work will start on the ground floor of the library and from late October a smaller pop up library will be available within the building. The town will be briefly without access to the library for a short period in early December for final works, before the building becomes fully operational in mid-December.”

3235-Stratford Library ViewAbove, concept image of the library space.

Sponsorship for junior rugby at Stratford RFC

Robothams have continued their support for the local community by agreeing to sponsor the Under 11 team at Stratford-upon-Avon Rugby Club.  The practice have contributed to the cost of the kit for the team with co-sponsor financial services company EY, both businesses sponsoring the team until Spring 2017.

Team Picture 2015-10-18 - 03The shirt backs printed with the Robohams logo.

Team Picture 2015-10-18 - 04The team and coaches for the 2015-2016 season.

Planning consent granted for St Philips church, Dorridge proposals

Permission has been granted to build a replacement church for the congregation at St Philips in Dorridge. Solihull MBC granted consent at the end of July after discussions about the future of the church over a number of years. The proposals include community facilities and the retention of many of the historical features of the original building.

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St Philips 02 (2865)Above, images of the proposed church and community facilities.

More details are available in the project section of our website.

Democratic Centre for Coventry City Council

Coventry City Council have appointed Robothams to design the Democratic Centre, a refurbishment of spaces within the grade 2 listed Council House. The scheme is focused on making elected members more accessible to the public by providing committee rooms and meeting spaces adjacent to the council chamber, creating a hub for engagement with the public. The project is due for completion in 2016.

3231-Council House ExteriorExternal image of the Council House building in the city centre.

3231-Interior02Internal image of wood work in the debating chamber.

Robothams are providing multi-disciplinary design services, with team members Cundall, Couch Consulting and Jonathan Richard Associates.

Appointment on EBN2 Free School

Robothams have been commissioned to work with Thomas Vale Construction and the East Birmingham Network on a proposal to provide an Alternative Provision school in the Erdington area of Birmingham. The scheme is currently the subject of a public consultation exercise being held in local schools and community centres to engage with local people, with an aspiration to open the school in 2015.

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3165-SW A - LowresConcept image of proposal

Robothams team plays in Deeley’s charity football event

The practice were represented on Saturday 4th October at Deeley Group’s charity five-a-side tournament in Coventry.  A strong team performance unfortunately did not get us beyond the group stage however the afternoon was enjoyed by all those played and their supporters.  The team’s captain Steve Jackson is currently planning their next fixture.

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Planning consent is granted at Oakley Wood Crematorium

Permission has been granted to extend the North Chapel at Warwick District Council’s Oakley Wood crematorium.  The approved scheme extends the chapel to allow seating for over 150 mourners in addition to creating two new areas of parking within the wooded grounds of the crematorium. Robothams have been appointed by Kier under the SCAPE framework to design the extension.

Option B - View 02 - SmallerThe proposed chapel extension, including a new waiting room.

IMG_2200-smaller Oakley WoodThe existing chapel.