Plaice have submitted a planning application for a new Village Hall and Archive Centre in Wickham Market.

These proposals have been designed in close collaboration with the Wickham Market Village Hall New Build Group. Since 2015, the Group have actively promoted the idea of a replacement Village Hall and Archive Centre for the enjoyment of communities in the Wickham Market area. The ambition is to provide modern and more flexible accommodation to replace the current out-dated and expensive-to-maintain and run facilities.

Further to the public consultation that took place earlier in the year, comments received at the event steered the final design proposals. The proposals now include a Main Hall with performance stage, a multi-purpose room, second small hall, new Kitchen and Bar areas, Office and WC facilities. At First Floor level the accommodation will house the Wickham Market Area Archive Centre, which will be accessed by stair and lift.

A spokesperson for the Village Hall New Build Group said “We want to provide a ‘hall for all’ to attract as many different users as possible. The current hall is not up to modern standards and the deteriorating environment is increasingly unattractive to users and hirers of the hall. There is demand for additional regular activities, and we are trying to improve the facilities to provide the community with the space to do this.”

They continued “currently the Archive Centre is based across three portable cabins which is not suitable. The new dedicated space on the first floor will help prevent archive materials falling into disrepair and provide a permanent resource of archive information for generations to come.”

Around £60,000 of Section 106 funding is currently available for the project, which is being supported by local fundraising efforts, including from the Parish Council. On approval of the submission, National Lottery funding will be sought to cover the shortfall in funding. The scheme is expected to cost £1.5-£1.6m. The bidding process is likely to take up to 18 months, while it is hoped the build itself will be competed in 42 weeks.

Nick Loomes Director at Plaice Design said “It has been a very engaging and rewarding process to work with the Wickham Market Village Hall New Build Group in the design of this important new community building. Participating in the public consultation event was equally rewarding - the many discussions with different interest groups and local residents showed that the community were both engaged and passionate about the future and vitality of their village hall. Our proposals have acknowledged their responses to provide modern, fit-for-purpose and flexible community spaces.”

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AuthorNick Loomes
Categories2018

Plaice have submitted a planning application on behalf of Suffolk Coastal District Council for a proposed development in the heart of Felixstowe South Seafront.

The proposal sets out plans for a new restaurant, café and events space in Martello Park, the design of which will be based around strong coastal themes and sympathetically balances its sensitive location whilst also being an iconic visual draw to the South Seafront area.

Plaice provided designs for an engagement event that was held by Suffolk Coastal District Council, through Felixstowe Forward, in July 2018 to seek the views of local people about plans for Felixstowe’s future. The majority of the feedback received was positive and supportive. 

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AuthorChris Game
Categories2018

The team recently took part in a learning and hands on session with the Anglia Lime Company finding out how the traditional building material can be applied in design.

Buildings constructed with lime and traditional materials have stood the test of time. Lime has been used in construction since the 4th Century BC; and typical examples include buildings from Ancient Roman and Greek Empires to timber-framed cottages in the English countryside.

The use of lime in construction can be applied to renovation and new build projects and varies from mortar joints for brickwork where it provides a softer, flexible material to protect the bricks along with plaster and render to provide a vapour permeable layer allowing moisture inside a building to escape.

The session ended with the team being able to try their hand at traditional lathe and plaster application. If you have any queries about using lime or any material as part of your design aspirations please get in touch.

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AuthorGlen Read

Over 60 people including members from Plaice turned out for the Adnams Southwold summer beach clean on Saturday 9th June.

32 sacks of rubbish were collected from the shore, dunes and hedges along the Southwold Denes stretch of the beach. The top item collected was unsourced plastic washed in from the sea, along with a large amount of public litter.

You can see photos of the event (courtesy of Adnams) and the next beach clean will take place on Saturday 15th September 2018 as part of the Great British Beach Clean event.

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AuthorChris Game
Categories2018, Southwold

The Plaice team visited Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960 - 1990 exhibition held at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

The exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the centre and featured developments in Architecture from 1960 - 1990. A wide variety of displays including drawings, paintings, photographs and scale models provided the team with an opportunity to experience the works of Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Nicholas Grimshaw to name a few.

The exhibition runs until 2 September 2018 and you can visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts website to find out more.

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AuthorGlen Read
Categories2018

Yesterday saw the project team and owners of Harefield House along with representatives of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists convene to celebrate the Commended Alan King award for Excellence in Technology.

Plaice and the owners of Harefield House were presented with commemorative plaques from Alex Naraian PCIAT President, along with Kevin Crawford MCIAT Vice President Technical, Francesca Berriman MBE CIAT CEO and Adrian Fleet MCIAT East Anglia Region Secretary.

The presentation was an opportunity for CIAT and the project team to be given a guided tour of the sustainable home, hearing first hand how the owners have settled into the property and how the materials and technology combine to provide a calm and functional family home.

Kevin Crawford MCIAT, Vice-President Technical at CIAT said “I always enjoy visiting our Award winning projects, it is a chance to see the actual building and find out how it is being utilised by the end user. Harefield House is no exception and it is great to see in practice this bespoke, contemporary home created from a prefabricated timber kit. Congratulations once again to Plaice Design.”

Chris Game MCIAT, Co-founder and Director at Plaice said “It really has been the perfect day to invite all who were involved to revisit the home and celebrate the award with the owners, and for them to see their new home being recognised at this level.”

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AuthorChris Game
Categories2018, Awards

We are pleased to announce Emily White and Angus Clogg have joined our team.

Emily joins us as an Architectural and Interior Designer and has gained over 4 years experience working with clients locally, in London and also producing conceptual designs for global companies.

Angus has arrived at Plaice having completed his Masters Degree in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, having previously worked in a London practice prior to his studies. 

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AuthorGlen Read