WCS Woodside receives planning consent

Our design for WCS Care’s Woodside home received planning consent on the 25th May 2017. Robothams lead on the project, David Sercombe said ‘this is a really important project for the practice and WCS Care. We are delighted to be working on a scheme which embodies such a large range of innovative ideas’.

For more details see the project section.

Above, images of the design.

Office refurbishment at Tachbrook Park begins on site

Construction has commenced on the refurbishment and extension of a 1980’s office building in Leamington’s Tachbrook Business Park.  Robothams Architects were appointed in October 2016 to develop the detailed design after planning consent was granted for the scheme originally design by ESA.

The proposals will see the complete refurbishment of the interior for tenants Kantar Millward Brown, in addition a new atrium and reception will be added which re-orientates the building along with the remodelling of the exterior and roof profile.

The project is being undertaken by MCS Group and is due for completion in 2018 with handover in two phases.

Planning permission granted for Post 16 Centre

Planning consent has been granted by Coventry City Council for our design to extend Sidney Stringer Academy in Swanswell. The first floor extension will provide a new base for the school’s post 16 pupils including an open study space, teaching rooms, office accommodation and cafe area.

The external cladding extends the vertical striped pattern on the adjacent sports hall and incorporates large windows to Cox Street creating a well lit interior.  Visitors and disabled parking space are retained at ground floor level with pedestrian connections to the school’s main entrance.

Robothams are working with Shires, Halligan Associates, PMP Consultants, OCC and Cundall to create the new spaces for the start of the 2018 academic year.

Official opening of Rendcomb College’s Arts Centre

On Friday Jonathan Suffolk, the National Theatre’s Technical Director officially opened the school’s new arts centre. The Griffin Centre includes a 350-seat auditorium, mirrored dance studio with ballet barres and a sprung floor, dressing rooms, prop and set workshop and costume store. Set into the historic landscape of the school the building is the first to be built on the site for 27 years.

The opening ceremony included performances from the pupils including ballet and contemporary dance in the bespoke dance studio, poetry and an excerpt from the school’s production of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’.

For more information see the project case study on our website.

RDA’s Lowlands Equestrian Centre proposals submitted

Robothams have been working with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) to develop proposals to create a new National Training Centre at their existing site in Shrewley.

‘Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), brings the therapy, achievement and fun of horses to children and adults all over the UK. Formed in 1969, the charity today supports around 25,000 riders and carriage drivers with all kinds of disabilities, and there are almost 500 RDA groups around the UK.’

The scheme involves the demolition of a number of existing buildings to create new facilities including a workspace for RDA, a training centre and spectators seating area for 150 people adjacent to an existing indoor menage. After pre-application discussions over to refine the design during last year a submission was made to Warwick District Council in February.

training and spectators viewing extension

Above, training and spectators viewing extension.

The new buildings will use a ‘rural’ language for the design and material palette for the exteriors with references to both modern and traditional architectural forms.

RDA's new work space building.

Above, RDA’s new work space building.