We are pleased to announce Katherine Gomm and Sue Whiteley have joined our team.

Katherine joins us as a Chartered Architect and has gained over 5 years experience working in the industry. She completed her studies at the University of Kent and Masters and Post Graduate degrees at Newcastle University.

Sue a Chartered Landscape Architect has arrived at Plaice with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors and will expand our multidisciplinary team which now encompasses Architecture, Interior and Landscape design.

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AuthorChris Game

The Plaice team visited the Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Building exhibition held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

The exhibition followed Piano’s career, from the influence of his Genoese heritage and his rise to acclaim alongside friend and collaborator Richard Rogers, to current projects still in the making. Focusing on 16 key buildings, it explores how the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) designs buildings “piece by piece”, making deft use of form, material and engineering to achieve a precise and yet poetic elegance.

On view were rarely seen drawings, models, photography, signature full-scale maquettes and a new film by Thomas Riedelsheimer that showed how inspiring architecture is made. At the centre of the exhibition was an imagined ‘Island’, a specially designed sculptural installation which brought together nearly 100 of Piano’s projects.

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AuthorChris Game
Categories2019

Plaice have successfully sought planning approval for a new mixed use development in the centre of Felixstowe, Suffolk.

The site, a former auction house will make way for three ground floor commercial units with street frontage, under croft parking and cycle storage along with nine two bedroom flats, maximising the sites potential. The principal design feature is the first floor external courtyard which forms access to the residential units.

The application received favourable comments, stating that “it will enhance the streetscene and townscape through its well considered form, modelling, choice of materials, architectural styling and overall quality. This will ensure that the design is complementary to the surrounding streets that are within the conservation area, in terms of its high standard of design.”

Our client is seeking offers from interested parties to build out the proposal.



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AuthorGlen Read
Categories2019

Works are underway to convert a previous guest house into six contemporary apartments in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Demolition and removal works have been carried out to the existing structure, making way for first fix electrical, internal partitions, structural steelwork, thermal upgrade to the roof and suspending ceiling grids.

Scaffolding has also been erected to carry out roof tile upgrades and window replacements and we are on programme to begin the extension works in the New Year.


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AuthorGlen Read
Categories2018

Planning permission has been granted for a new Village Hall in Wickham Market, Suffolk. The proposals 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.

The Village Hall Committee will now commence a fund raising campaign along with seeking National Lottery funding to raise funds - all being well it is hoped the project will start on site in 2020.

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AuthorGlen Read
Categories2018

It’s great to see that our Sustainable Home, Harefield House was included in the December issue of Grand Designs Magazine.

The project was selected as part of ten inspirational timber buildings (focusing on timber construction) showing how working with wood results in strong, dependable homes that look good inside and out.

Plaice worked alongside Mixbrow Construction and Svenskhomes who were able to offer energy efficient techniques whilst providing a flexible off-site pre-manufactured panels to construct the perfect home.

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Categories2018, Awards

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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Categories2018