St Ann’s Hospital, Canford Cliffs, Poole
We are working more and more in the mental health sector with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust and are proud to have recently completed the total refurbishment of an elderly psychiatric ward at St Ann’s Hospital in Canford Cliffs, Poole. The project provides private en-suite bedrooms, light and airy communal spaces and a first floor balcony for external recreation.
Historic context challenges and opportunities this week
A new porch and welcoming arrival at Christ Church in Warminster and new hospitality facilities at St Mary’s Church in Sturminster Marshall.
Further afield we have recently achieved planning approvals in Guildford and Nottingham for the remodelling of two residential properties, both comprising of a loft conversion and two storey extension.
Recently refurbished family home in Hengistbury Head
Recently completed family home in Hengistbury Head, interior shots before and after.
Family home refurbishment in Hengistbury Head
Before and after photos of an almost complete side extension and internal remodelling of this family home in Hengistbury Head. Interior to be revealed upon completion!
New Clients in our new office
Our new location in Wimborne is proving popular with new Clients just popping in to chat about their projects. Here are a few recent drawings………..
We have moved to 8 West Street Wimborne
We have settled in nicely to our new premises in Wimborne. If you’re passing please feel free to pop in and say Hello !
Royal Bournemouth Hospital – Helipad
The first helicopter touches down on one of our more unusual projects, the improvement, extension and illumination of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital helipad. The hospital is now able to accept the new larger Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance helicopter 24 hours a day. Funding was provided by HELP Appeal, a charity that funds hospital helipad projects.
Listed Building Consent
We recently achieved Listed Building Consent on two of Bournemouth’s heritage buildings – Anglo-European College of Chiropractic – providing student facilities associated with the new University status, and the Bournemouth Natural Science Society – building repairs and improvements.
Royal Bournemouth Hospital – CT3 Scanner Suite
We are pleased to have been the architect on the recently completed CT 3 scanner suite at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, working closely with the RBH estates department, Worldwise consulting engineers, GAP Ltd structural engineers and Stan Randell and Co Ltd who constructed the scheme. The suite houses a new generation Toshiba CT Aquilion One scanner that is capable of producing ground breaking high definition 3D images……oh and the cake was lovely!
Well done Roy!
Well Roy tamed the Wiggle Jurassic Beast on Saturday with a ride time of 4hrs 38mins (63 miles) and has so far raised a total of £588 for Autism Wessex. His cycling buddy on the day was old school friend Dean Hill who was responsible for getting Roy to sign up to the event in the first place!
63 mile Wiggle Jurassic Beast cycle event
Roy Brammer has been training for weeks and is tackling the 63 mile Wiggle Jurassic Beast cycle event on Saturday the 6th May raising funds for Autism Wessex, a fantastic local charity. Please have a look at his Just Giving page below and feel free to hit the “donate” button. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RoyBrammer… We’ll update you on how he got on after the event!
Former Eagle Brewery, Arundel
The works at the former Eagle Brewery, a Grade II Listed building in Arundel, are almost complete. The development comprises 13 spacious residential units with a mix of new build, part conversion and reconstruction. Here are a few of the latest external shots including an internal before and after showing the dramatic changes undergone. #EagleBrewery #Arundel #RLMarchitectsltd #Design #Architecture#Architects #Listedbuilding #conversion #newbuild #development#planning #house #flats #newhomes #industrialdesign #cladding#mezzanine #loftconversion #amazingspaces #contemporaryliving
Two challenging approvals in the New Forest National Park
Never a day when someone isn’t sketching up or developing a residential scheme here, whether this be a small scale extension, refurbishment or new build. We recently gained approval for 2 sites in the New Forest National Park, both sites involved demolition of the existing single dwelling and replaced with 2 large detached houses on one and the other, a luxurious 6 bedroom modern dwelling, submerged into a backdrop of ancient woodland in the heart of the National Park. Works to start imminently … watch this space.
Royal Bournemouth Hospital – Bournemouth Private Clinic
The recently completed Private Patients Unit for Bournemouth Private Clinic at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital is looking really swish and ready for the first patients next week. We created a five en-suite bedroom unit with consulting and treatment spaces and an external terrace area.
BPC is a charitable trust that reinvests the profits from private treatments back into RBH for equipment and staffing and have so far contributed to the Da Vinci surgical robot and the third CT scanner which is due for installation at the end of April this year.
A week in the life of RLM
A nightmare planning approval was achieved in Southbourne after months of negotiation and revision of the scheme…….a large residential house extension in Harewood Avenue is on site and progressing well……..two members of the team presented our competition entry to a major local educational establishment for a large scheme……………the in-house chilli growing competition gathers pace!…….and now Bournemouth Air Festival is in progress!
St James’ Church Poole
We have just been instructed to take on the responsibility for one of Poole’s most significant and largest historic buildings: The Parish and Civic Church of St James’ Poole.
Royal Bournemouth Hospital – Helipad
We have recently submitted a planning application to improve and increase the size of the emergency helipad at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to accommodate a larger aircraft and 24/7 operation. As with all hospital projects there is a learning curve that has to be climbed to enable the design to fully embrace the operational requirements of the department concerned, this project was no different in that respect and expanded the ever increasing expertise within the office to include appraising emergency landing sites. Very exciting!
Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Recently completed is the relocation of the Day Hospital service for the elderly at Christchurch Hospital. This project involved the complete refurbishment and reorganisation of an existing ward incorporating a physiotherapy gym, consulting rooms and treatment spaces, along with a courtyard garden which forms a rehabilitation space. The Clinical Lead said “the patients and staff really like the environment that has been created, it feels so light and airy”……..
Residential work is buzzing with activity!
Residential work is buzzing with activity and we have responded with some interior shots in our ‘Residential internals’ in our ‘Residential’ section under ‘Projects’.
Recent successes include Planning for a major domestic project with large extension and complete makeover & reworking of a lovely Southbourne property.
Pre-application submissions for a sumptuous modern glazed property near Beaulieu in the New Forest National Park, and a pair of high end homes one in modern design & one Georgian style.
Two large regeneration projects in Bournemouth just at the early design & feasibility stage.
Working with residential developers, private individuals / couples, and property owners.
St John’s Church Boscombe
£25million in the pot for Round 2 of The Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund [LPoWGS]. We have submitted applications for 4 churches. We were successful in the Round 1 grants awarded last year for 2 Listed churches one of which was designated ‘At Risk’ by Historic England. We also secured extra funding for 2 of our churches from last year’s award which is excellent news as we are able to complete all urgent roof repairs required to the churches.’
(St Luke’s Church Winton, pictured below, received funding in Round 1)
Planning approval for 12 flats in Poole High Street
Planning approval for 12 flats achieved in Poole High Street on the former Woolworth’s site.
Planners comments:…..”a contemporary addition….provides a successful contrast with the traditional building below….complementing the appearance of the building while preserving the historical character and setting of the Town Centre Conservation Area”.
The housing market is on the up…
We are working hard with our developer clients and private individuals on a number of interesting schemes.
These include: 2 sites, both to include 2 x 1800+sqft houses proposed, a site severance to build an ‘organic house’ design with challenging site constraints, 2 x change of use and flat redevelopment in Poole and Southbourne for 10 and 12 units, house re-ordering and extensions to 2 large family homes in Charminster and Southbourne and hot off the press an approval for 3 dwellings of Victorian Terrace design in Salisbury.
Works at the former Eagle Brewery in Arundel are progressing well. The clearing is done and the residential units, a mix of 6 new build and 7 conversion and reconstruction are beginning to take shape, look out for further updates on this project…
Back to school this week in your family?
We have a new staff member, Nick, who is very experienced in schools work from his time at Dorset County Council. We are an accredited NEPRO supplier http://nepro.org.uk and Due North sourcing solutionshttp://www.due-north.com provider.
Schools work is on our horizon this year.
We pride ourselves on our relationship with our local planning authorities where communication is the key! Recently we achieved planning permission for 4 separate applications, 2 of which proved very challenging but after considered negotiations and a sympathetic design led approach we managed to secure them, approvals received today, just in time for Christmas! Therefore, if you have a project, big or small and are looking for a company with a proven record of success why not get in touch.
It’s been a busy few weeks in the office with a number of interesting job enquiries coming in. Some recently secured feature; a Grade II listed building, which is stunning architecturally with lots of character set for residential re-development; a modern extension to an existing 36 bed residential care home providing a new 13 bed specialist care unit in a mature rural setting. Residential development hasn’t been discouraged! We progressed sketch schemes for 3 new residential sites within the Bournemouth and Poole area despite the Affordable Housing changes of late; and not forgetting the ongoing working relationship we hold with a number of churches where recently we have secured various re-ordering works. Here’s looking forward to a busy and productive run up to Christmas!
RMBI Care Homes
We have carried out alteration and refurbishment works to several of the 8 RMBI Care Homes which we oversee. These works have taken us to Devon, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Wales. We have just started further improvements to their care home near Exeter.
Talbot Heath School Careers Convention
Keith and Lisa attended the Talbot Heath School Careers Convention last night which was hugely successful, with over 50 universities and careers representatives.
Met by numerous architectural enthusiasts, Year 9 – 13, and parents, it was clear that Architecture is a much loved and fascinating profession. The highlight of the evening, and having spoken with 2 other architectural practices in attendance, was when Lisa was told,…’you are the most helpful person we’ve spoken to all night! You must really love what you do!’ Says it all.
Christ Church Warminster
Wiltshire Council’s Senior Building Control Officer nominated us for Wiltshire’s Best Public Service Building and Best Inclusive Building 2015. He said “I was very impressed with the design, how the works were executed and how the project has made such a positive impact to the community of Warminster. It is a great achievement to have the project shortlisted in two categories and you and your team must be very proud”.
CPD Seminar at Salisbury Cathedral
Lisa and Roy attended a very interesting CPD seminar at Salisbury Cathedral this week, where they learnt about the 30 year long restoration programme that comes to an end in 2018, and received an insight into the works undertaken by the stained glass and stone masonry workshops.
St Christopher’s Winfrith Newburgh
1000 year old Community Architecture!
We have been given the exciting challenge of bringing this lovely Listed church up to date for Church and Community use in 2015.
A luxury residential development of four barn style properties in Surrey, which we were involved with, has been nominated in the Residential £1 – £2.5M and Living Space – UK categories of the International Design and Architecture Awards and we are looking forward to hearing the results of the voting in due course.
Rolls Royce is the link!
Charles Rolls’ connection with Bournemouth is to be celebrated by a new Memorial we are working on to record Bournemouth’s First International Air Show in 1910 when his plane crashed and he sadly died.
The Brink, Action on Addiction
We have had a busy first half of the year with many new projects on the books and a total of 40+ approvals covering Planning, Listed Building, Building Regulations and Church Faculty.
These projects have taken us across the South and as far North as Liverpool. We are all looking forward to the busy months ahead.
Christ Church Warminster
Reworking historic buildings is a speciality of ours. Readability of the original building is an aim, to enjoy the history with the comfort and convenience of the new.
This community / church project was project managed by the Client with high quality end results, and was an invited award entry by Wiltshire County Council.
Royal Bournemouth Hospital Jigsaw Building
The final pieces of the much publicised Jigsaw Building, which will house the relocated Haematology, Oncology and Women’s Health departments at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, are slotting into place now that it is nearing completion. We are the quantity surveyors on the main project and have just been appointed to design a therapy garden in the nearby external space adjacent the lake.
Royal Bournemouth Hospital
We have secured 5 new jobs at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital this year so far. The most recently completed job is within the Clinical Engineering Equipment Library and Decontamination Services. The finished project improves the flow of equipment from the wards back to the equipment library via the decontamination area in conjunction with improved equipment tracking systems.
Bournemouth Oceanarium Penguins £1.5M Project
The recently completed extension provides a carefully themed environment for 10 Humboldt penguins, with an Ocean & Beach, and nesting boxes, and visitor views of the penguins below the water, on the bridge overlooking the Beach, from the Terrace and potential for walking with the penguins. Stunning Terrace views of the sea, beaches & Purbecks form the backdrop.
Bournemouth Oceanarium Penguins £1.5M Project
Progress is excellent, with the steel frame erected despite high winds, snow in Bucks where the wide load steel delivery began its journey, craning large steels on the seafront and challenges with galvanising.
Bournemouth is set to become home to a colony of penguins, planned to open June 2015. The £1.5 million investment in the Oceanarium is designed and project managed by RLM Architects team who have been serving Bournemouth and beyond for over 60 years.
Following five years of planning the seafront tourist attraction is set to embark on the biggest project in its 16 year history, which will increase the size of the Oceanarium by a third.
The centrepiece will be a dramatic penguin beach, pool and underwater viewing area along with a special area for penguins and visitors to mingle during feeding time.
The two-storey extension will feature a new penguin enclosure, a walk through aviary, sea view terrace, educational exhibits, additional catering facilities and new staff areas.
The Oceanarium, owned by Spanish leisure park giant Parques Reunidos, will be home to penguins and other new species yet to be announced.
James Eels, UK Director at the Oceanarium said: “We are delighted to officially announce our plans to build an amazing new facility for all to enjoy.
We have been planning this development, which will increase the size of the Oceanarium by a third, for five years and this is a fantastic opportunity to build on our success and offer visitors more than ever before.
I am confident that the penguins will be an amazing addition and the penguin enclosure has been specially designed to ensure people can get up close to interact with the animals.
Indoor and outdoor eating spaces, a children’s play area and elevated views of some of the UK’s most stunning beaches are just a snapshot of what will be on offer.”
Work began early October and is scheduled to finish early Summer 2015. The Oceanarium will remain open throughout the project.
Broadstone Baptist Church
Phase 1 is now complete. Tim Gamston the Pastor of Broadstone Baptist says “As a Church we are delighted with the finished building. I feel we have a great looking building, which makes a very positive impact on York Road. It has been dubbed by some as the Tardis… its bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside”. Phase 1 houses a new Youth Hall, Kitchen, Meeting Lounge and facilities which provides a multi-functional space for all the community to use.