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.

Extension to Beaufort Cooperative Academy, Gloucester

Appointed by E G Carter, a contractor based in Gloucester, the practice are currently working on designs to extend an existing secondary school in the Tuffley area of the city. The creation of a development plan for the school has led to the progression of a first phase to create space for an additional form of entry. It addresses shortfalls in science and general teaching rooms whilst also creating a new entrance to the school and improving circulation within the existing building.


Above, the new entrance joins two existing buildings and identifies a more legible ‘front door’ for visitors.


Above, the new teaching block will be naturally lit with a mixed mode ventilation system aimed at lowering energy use.

The scheme will shortly be submitted for planning consent and if approved will begin on site with a targeted completion of summer 2018.

Advanced Skills Centre receives planning consent

Planning consent has been granted by Vale of the White Horse District Council for the Advanced Skills Centre at Abingdon & Witney College.  The addition to the College’s Abingdon campus will provide high specification engineering teaching spaces and a base for the higher education courses.

The design continues the themes established by earlier phases at the campus whilst reflecting the site’s adjacency to the perimeter and neighbouring properties. It will be delivered to BIM Level 2 using an integrated Revit 3D model allowing high levels of visualisation and collaboration between disciplines.

It is due to be completed for the start of 2018.



Above, images of the ASC from the Northcourt Road.

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Above, site layout by the Richards Partnership showing integration of parking and boundary treatments.

Application submitted for Restful Homes in Coleshill

An application has been submitted to North Warwickshire Borough Council for a new 91 bedroom care home in Coleshill. The project for Restful Homes is on the site of the town’s former police station and located prominently on the A446. It sympathetically responds to the site’s context and topography, creating a well manner, contemporary design with a vernacular palette of materials.

3248-Coleshill Image 02Above, a view from the southern approach on the A4463248-Coleshill Image 01

Above, a view from the western approach

Planning submitted for Aston Student Union

A planning application has now been submitted for Aston Students’ Union in the heart of the University’s Birmingham campus. The design combines catering outlets, social study space, a music venue, prayer facilities and a base for the Union’s staff and support services in sleek new building.

The design has been developed during 2015 after extensive research into the type of facility students need now and in the future and visits to similar Union’s across the country. The project is due for completion later in 2017.



3070-ASU-View03Concept images of the building’s exterior, combining bold colours, extensive glazing and contemporary detailing.

Keyworker housing proposal in Stratford approved

Stratford District Council have backed the proposals by ABD Developments and Orbit Housing to replace a redundant office building on the Birmingham Road with 82 one and two bedroom apartments. Catering for a need in the town for keyworker housing the scheme addresses a key route into the town and the canal which forms the northern boundary. The main contract works will be undertaken by Deeley Construction.





Planning consent for Holland & Barrett and Deeley Group

Permission has been granted for Deeley Property Group to deliver 48,000sq.ft of office accommodation for Holland & Barrett Retail Ltd. The additional space will be provided over four storeys with associated parking and landscaping, and will be situated at Bermuda Village in Nuneaton.

3191-View 01-2015-06-03 Holland and Barrett

3191-View 01-2015-06-02 Holland and Barrett

3191-Site PhotoAbove, a images of the existing building and proposed extension

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.



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

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

Sidney Stringer Primary School, Coventry

The practice have been appointed by Thomas Vale, part of the Bouygues group to design a new primary school in Coventry. To be delivered under the EFA Regional Framework as a free school, the client is the Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Framework established by the ‘Outstanding’ academy of the same name, and advised by Mace.

3022-SidneyStringerPrimary-View01The first academic year will begin in September with temporary accommodation provided within the EIC, one of the practice’s earlier pieces of work for the school. The new school will be ready for its second year of operation in 2016.

Designed to accommodate 420 pupils from 4 – 11 years the school completes the Learning Quarter concept begun in 2004 with the construction of City College Coventry with the aim of acting as catalyst for the redevelopment of Swanswell and Hillfields.

3022 - Aerial View - 2015-06-01Above, an aerial view of the site

3022 - Existing View 02Project architect, Justin Metcalfe said “we are very proud to be involved with this project as it continues our involvement with the regeneration of this part of the city, and allows us to work again with Thomas Vale and the school.”

A planning application has been submitted with a start on site anticipated in autumn 2015.


3022-SidneyStringerPrimary-View03Above, images of the building in context.