Component Design...

Willow Brook Preston. Client – Clear Edge Developments:

“ROOTS architects are without doubt one of, if not the, leading architectural practice in West Yorkshire, and offer a refreshingly down-to-earth professional service matched only by their passion for design and unbounding attention to detail”

Component Design
Component Design

Component Design...

Willow Brook Preston. Client – Clear Edge Developments:

“ROOTS architects are without doubt one of, if not the, leading architectural practice in West Yorkshire, and offer a refreshingly down-to-earth professional service matched only by their passion for design and unbounding attention to detail”

Component Detail

... and Detail

The components for this bespoke  stair were fastidiously detailed in advance. The chunky solid oak treads and lighter but no less robust risers were individually fabricated and assembled on site. The stair was finished with an ultra matte laquer to maintain and protect the natural beauty of the timber.

The detailing for the glass balustrade was simplicity itself. Making good use of readily availabe materials, this project in it’s totality was surprisingly cost effective.

Component Detail

... and Detail

The components for this bespoke  stair were fastidiously detailed in advance. The chunky solid oak treads and lighter but no less robust risers were individually fabricated and assembled on site. The stair was finished with an ultra matte laquer to maintain and protect the natural beauty of the timber.

The detailing for the glass balustrade was simplicity itself. Making good use of readily availabe materials, this project in it’s totality was surprisingly cost effective.

Planning Policy Analysis

We thoroughly investigate at an early stage any potential restrictions that local planning policies might present to your project. ROOTS architects are well read in regional planning policy and analysis. As a result, we are astute in researching and deciphering the subtle differences between the local planning authorities across West Yorkshire, Lancashire and beyond. Quickly establishing the statutory framework works equally well with both large and small scale projects informing important early decision making.

Planning Policy Analysis
Planning Policy Analysis

Planning Policy Analysis

We thoroughly investigate at an early stage any potential restrictions that local planning policies might present to your project. ROOTS architects are well read in regional planning policy and analysis. As a result, we are astute in researching and deciphering the subtle differences between the local planning authorities across West Yorkshire, Lancashire and beyond. Quickly establishing the statutory framework works equally well with both large and small scale projects informing important early decision making.

Feasibility Study

Feasibility Studies

Feasibility studies as the words suggest, examines at the earliest stage whether a project is possible or probable, for example, commercially viable. This is usually a quick exercise testing the clients’ initial brief against restrictions. This site did not fit the clients’ aspirations and business case therefore, was found to be not feasible.

Feasibility Study

Feasibility Studies

Feasibility studies as the words suggest, examines at the earliest stage whether a project is possible or probable, for example, commercially viable. This is usually a quick exercise testing the clients’ initial brief against restrictions. This site did not fit the clients’ aspirations and business case therefore, was found to be not feasible.

Concept Design

Here at ROOTS architects, concept design is always hand drawn either freehand or on the drawing board. This is the natural way to communicate ideas effectively and efficiently. The drawings are then scanned and animated in Photoshop for discussion with the client. The next step would be to produce CAD drawings for accuracy and design development.

Concept Design Drawings
Concept Design Drawings

Concept Design

Here at ROOTS architects, concept design is always hand drawn either freehand or on the drawing board. This is the natural way to communicate ideas effectively and efficiently. The drawings are then scanned and animated in Photoshop for discussion with the client. The next step would be to produce CAD drawings for accuracy and design development.

Building Survey

Building Surveys

ROOTS architects are centrally based in the conservation area of Hebden Bridge. Subsequently, a larger than normal proportion of our projects involve developing / converting / refurbishing / extending existing buildings. This generally requires a building survey. With a firm understanding of existing buildings across time, ROOTS architects can quickly assess and and accurately record any building. Western Architecture by R. Furneaux Jordan (1969, 1st Edition) is a good read for the novice with crisp B+W illustrations

Building Survey

Building Surveys

ROOTS architects are centrally based in the conservation area of Hebden Bridge. Subsequently, a larger than normal proportion of our projects involve developing / converting / refurbishing / extending existing buildings. This generally requires a building survey. With a firm understanding of existing buildings across time, ROOTS architects can quickly assess and and accurately record any building. Western Architecture by R. Furneaux Jordan (1969, 1st Edition) is a good read for the novice with crisp B+W illustrations

Measured Drawings

When working with existing buildings, the measured drawings have to be right. This building was built using an imperial Accrington brick with a narrow mortar joint.

Measured Drawings
Measured Drawings

Measured Drawings

When working with existing buildings, the measured drawings have to be right. This building was built using an imperial Accrington brick with a narrow mortar joint.

Outline Planning Application Drawing

Outline Planning Applications

A guidance note can be found on the planning portal here. Slotting into the landscape typical of the local topography, this project for outline planning consent on a difficult site addresses access, scale and site layout. Details to follow in a reserved matters application include appearance, plan layouts and landscaping.

Outline Planning Application Drawing

Outline Planning Applications

A guidance note can be found on the planning portal here. Slotting into the landscape typical of the local topography, this project for outline planning consent on a difficult site addresses access, scale and site layout. Details to follow in a reserved matters application include appearance, plan layouts and landscaping.

Design Development

It’s important that the client is given ample opportunity for design development. This allows the client to streamline their ideas as well as consider other project options prior to applying for Full Planning Consent.

Design Development Drawings
Design Development Drawings

Design Development

It’s important that the client is given ample opportunity for design development. This allows the client to streamline their ideas as well as consider other project options prior to applying for Full Planning Consent.

Full Planning Application Drawings

Full Planning Applications

With small scale projects in particular, a question that often arises is ‘do I need planning permission?’. Some works are permitted development meaning that planning permission is not required. For domestic projects, you can find a great link here to assist your preliminary investigations into full planning consent versus permitted development.

Full Planning Application Drawings

Full Planning Applications

With small scale projects in particular, a question that often arises is ‘do I need planning permission?’. Some works are permitted development meaning that planning permission is not required. For domestic projects, you can find a great link here to assist your preliminary investigations into full planning consent versus permitted development.

Listed Building Consent

A Listed Building Consent Application would normally be made parallel to and consistent with the planning application. Although not insurmountable, the requirements for listed building consent are more onerous than the Planning Application. It is useful to know that if your building is listed then the listing extends to the buildings’ curtilage. Great link: find details of all listed buildings in England here ; a Listed Building Consent / Planning Application by ROOTS architects (relating to the development of workers housing in Hebden Bridge c. 1850s) here; and, an interesting heritage statement relating to a significant former farm house, the beginnings of which date to the 16th century below: 

Photo of Redundant Barn
Photo of Redundant Barn

Listed Building Consent

A Listed Building Consent Application would normally be made parallel to and consistent with the planning application. Although not insurmountable, the requirements for listed building consent are more onerous than the Planning Application. It is useful to know that if your building is listed then the listing extends to the buildings’ curtilage. Great link: find details of all listed buildings in England here ; a Listed Building Consent / Planning Application by ROOTS architects (relating to the development of workers housing in Hebden Bridge c. 1850s) here; and, an interesting heritage statement relating to a significant former farm house, the beginnings of which date to the 16th century below: 

Building Regulations Drawings

Building Regulations Applications

Building Regulations are required for most projects. There are broadly speaking two options in how you approach Building Regulations. This link and this from Cheshire East Council offer a straight forward explanation.

Building Regulations Drawings

Building Regulations Applications

Building Regulations are required for most projects. There are broadly speaking two options in how you approach Building Regulations. This link and this from Cheshire East Council offer a straight forward explanation.

Drawings For Costing

It is prudent to undertake cost reviews from the early stages of your project that will firm up as design and detail develop. In the later stages, detailed specification and / or detailed drawings for tender purposes can assist in providing you with a more accurate projection of potential costs.

Drawings for costing
Drawings for costing

Drawings For Costing

It is prudent to undertake cost reviews from the early stages of your project that will firm up as design and detail develop. In the later stages, detailed specification and / or detailed drawings for tender purposes can assist in providing you with a more accurate projection of potential costs.

Construction Drawings

Construction Drawings

Depending on the nature of the building contract, construction drawings are sometimes required. These would follow the tendering process and document refined detail and specification for construction purposes.

Construction Drawings

Construction Drawings

Depending on the nature of the building contract, construction drawings are sometimes required. These would follow the tendering process and document refined detail and specification for construction purposes.

Client Care

To ensure continual design quality throughout the complete design and construction process, it is prudent for the project manager to procure, collate and assess working drawings as work progresses on site. This could include components, fixtures and fittings, key construction details and relevant schedules for approval. This provides the client with the opportunities to investigate the next level of detail as well as ensuring that the finer detail is not overlooked. The fenestration and fitting of this picture window for example, is critical to the success of this aspect.

Picture Window in Hose Extension
Picture Window in Hose Extension

Client Care

To ensure continual design quality throughout the complete design and construction process, it is prudent for the project manager to procure, collate and assess working drawings as work progresses on site. This could include components, fixtures and fittings, key construction details and relevant schedules for approval. This provides the client with the opportunities to investigate the next level of detail as well as ensuring that the finer detail is not overlooked. The fenestration and fitting of this picture window for example, is critical to the success of this aspect.

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