An established and well respected North Staffordshire Design-led architectural practice, offering an experienced and multidisciplinary approach to building design and refurbishment. Establushed in 1988 in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, we have operated from our offices in Leek since 1999 and currently employ 14 people. The practice is headed up by four partners, Chris Hesketh, Martin Mason, Patrick Redmond and Karl Lawton.The four directors all take a hands-on approach in the design and management of projects across a wide range of sectors, with particular specialist skills and experience in Housing, Sustainable Design and Community Architecture.
Leek Cohousing group, planned to build seven new homes comprising of new dwellings and converting existing buildings on a former British Army ‘Anzio’ camp on the outskirts of Blackshaw Moor village, Leek.
The proposal was for a sustainable cohousing development, involving the erection of new self-build eco-homes including three with live-work opportunities and for the conversion of four existing Camp buildings to provide two residential units and a range of cohousing shared facilities, comprising a common house with meeting, dining, kitchen and storage facilities, laundry, food co-op pantry, shared workshop, craft studio, heritage exhibition space, and three bedrooms for visitors.
The new build dwellings were designed primarily as single storey, with first floor accommodation limited to some use of roof space in the dwellings, located on the lower western part of the site. All five new build dwellings will be sited on or very close to ground previously occupied by Army Camp buildings
A comprehensive heritage-led facelift and retrofit of 19th century blighted terraced houses in ‘The Potteries’. The original external architectural character of the houses was reinstated to reinforce the areas distinctive historic identity, whilst internally the houses were all totally refitted and modernised to create highly energy efficient new family homes achieving a BREEAM EcoHomes Assessment rating of ‘Excellent’.
The project’s success was achieving the right balance between a retrofit, that thermally up-graded the fabric whilst respecting the external heritage features, but also offering a synergy with the wider regeneration of the area providing a eco-friendly, secure and potentially long-lasting housing solution based on ‘long life – loose fit – low energy’ principals, and an innovative model that could be applied to other areas of the city.
Awarded Retrofit ‘Highly Commended’ Award 2013 by Architects Journal (AJ) & Winner of the RICS West Midlands 2014 Residential Award
KMF are the market leader in the supply of precision sheet metal solutions. They are committed to Quality, Investment and Innovation providing contract manufacturing solutions in a range of industry sectors.
With an increasing disillusionment in the technical educations system and considerable experience in training apprentices ‘in house’ KMF decided to build their own dedicated training facility adjacent to the main factory headquarters in Stoke on Trent.
The purpose designed building encompassing modern methods of construction, with the main structure being built of structural insulated panels (SIP).
The project also embraces use of renewable energy in the form of underfloor heating that is powered by a ground source heat pump. Together with grey water harvesting and passive ventilation.
The building has achieved a recorded 60% saving in running costs over a more conventional form of construction and was ctd architects first fully designed eco-sustainable commercial building.