We have some very exciting news!

We can confirm we have purchased the old Woodbridge Museum on Market Hill in Woodbridge.

Over the weekend, the team has been busy prepping the office, including exposing the chimney stack and removing some of the exhibition cabinets as well as smoothing out the walls ready for a new coat of paint.

A massive thank you to Ugur at The Galley who provided much needed sustenance.

Keep an eye out for further updates here and on social media

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Our very own Katherine organised a visit to Cambridge to explore various architectural gems and ending with an exceptionally informative and passionately delivered tour of the new Cambridge Central Mosque design by Marks Barefield architects.

Highlights of our visit included seeing Kettles Yard, once home to Jim Ede, a curator and collector of art who opened his house to visitors to view his home, not only to view his broad collection, but to see his home as a composition. It continues to be a popular attraction with his collection maintained in its original state. Another highlight was a brief stop at the recently altered and extended David Attenborough building by Nicolas Hare Architects (formerly the Arup building built in the 1960s) which now houses the Museum of Zoology and a new vibrant and sustainably focused campus building for the University of Cambridge.

Our 14km walking loop of Cambridge also included a walk through the Stirling Prize winning Accordia housing development and unintentionally stumbling across The Dorothy Garrod Building at Newnham College, also a multiple RIBA award winner by Walters & Cohen Architects. We particularly enjoyed the brick detailing.

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Plaice Design are celebrating after learning that they have been shortlisted by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists for The Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology for a second time.

The awards which are organised by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) recognise outstanding achievements in the industry and highlight how architectural technology achieves efficient and effective construction.

The shortlisted entry, a full renovation of a Victorian Terrace house in Woodbridge, Suffolk was extended and remodelled to create a modern 2.5 storey dwelling suited to 21st century living, while preserving the exterior character of the original property,

You can read more about the project here.

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The team at Plaice joined over 400 other local industry attendees at the recent Suffolk Joint Construction Committee awards at Trinity Park in Ipswich.

Plaice received an RIBA Suffolk Craftsmanship award for the recently completed renovation of a semi-detached Victorian property in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

To read more about the evening check out the Business East Monthly featured in the East Anglian Daily Times or read more about the project here.

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Plaice have recently extended and remodelled a Victorian terrace to create a modern 2.5 storey dwelling suited to 21st century living, while preserving the exterior character of the original property, which is located in the centre of the Woodbridge Conservation area.

Due to the compact nature of the site and minimal external space the potential for extending was rather limited. In addition, due to the close proximity of adjacent offices and First Floor windows from surrounding properties, careful consideration was needed to ensure a private, comfortable internal environment could be created.

As a result of the rather cellular and dark layout of the existing property, it was decided to demolish the single storey rear extension and form a new boundary wall to enclose the site, which would then enable the potential of the entire plot to be realised.

Behind the boundary wall a glass roof extension was created, with full width sliding folding doors, which flood the Ground Floor with daylight and when open, help to blur the boundary between inside and out.

Through the installation of a steel frame the entire internal layout was reconfigured, including re-positioning of the staircase, which enabled a stunning open plan Ground Floor space to be created, which connects to the private Courtyard Garden beyond, with integral Braai (South African style barbecue).

By rotating the existing stairs through 180 degrees, a second staircase could be installed to reach the current Attic. The existing Attic had a reduced head height, so the decision was taken to reduce the ceiling height of the new Ensuite and part of the Master Bedroom at First Floor level, in order to create a third bedroom above.

Vaulting the remaining roof space, enabled interesting ceiling lines to be created in the Bathroom and First Floor landing, providing a sense of drama and scale not usually found in a typical two up two down.

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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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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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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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