Cuerden Valley Bungalow Reinvention

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SDA Architecture have recently been commissioned to prepare architectural design proposals to transform a traditional detached bungalow within Clayton-le-Woods, Nr Chorley. The concept to the project is simple using the sloping context of the site and the woodlands setting with the location being on the edge of Cuerden Valley, create a family home that will react to the woodlands setting, creating visual links to the valley and use a delicate pallet of materials that will enhance the site and woodland link.

The client brief was to transform the existing tired bungalow rather than demolish it and create further landfill, with this sustainable approach in mind which as sustainable designers we loved the opportunity to prepare designs that would maintain 75% of the existing home, with modest insulation and renewable energy solutions this family home will be energy efficient, have great architectural merit and will allow an empty home be reborn for many years to come.

If you are looking to development a property either your current family home or a new build and require professional architectural advice please contact our office on 01257 441 512.

Ask the experts…

Posted in: Be Inspired by SDA Designer Reviews- Mar 11, 2014 Comments Off

What are Building Regulations?

Building Regulations are set by the Government to protect the health and safety of people in and out of buildings, to promote energy saving and to make sure building works provide enough access and facilities for workers. The regulations cover the following areas of building construction:

  • Part A: Structural stability, loading and ground movement
  • Part B: Means of escape in case of fire, internal fire spread, external fire spread and access and facilities for the Fire Service
  • Part C: Site preparation, dangerous and offensive substances and moisture resistance of floors, walls and roofs
  • Part D: Toxic substances
  • Part E: Sound insulation of walls, floors and stairs (this regulation only applies between dwellings and between dwellings and other buildings)
  • Part F: Ventilation of buildings and preventing condensation in roofs
  • Part G: Provision of bathrooms, safety of hot water storage and provision of sanitary conveniences and washing facilities
  • Part H: Sanitary pipe work and drainage, cesspools and septic tanks, rainwater drainage and storage of solid waste
  • Part J: Air supply to heat producing appliances and protection from risks of fire as a result of heat producing appliances, chimneys and flues
  • Part K: Protection from falling on stairs, ladders and ramps. Protection for vehicles barriers and loading bays colliding with open windows, sky lights and ventilators
  • Part L: Conservation of fuel and power, such as thermal insulation and the control of certain heating systems
  • Part M: Access to and use of buildings such as sanitary conveniences and audience or spectator seating
  • Part N: Protection for the impact of glazing, and the safe opening, closing and cleaning of windows, skylights and ventilators
  • Part P: Electrical safety issues, such as design, installation, inspection and testing of fixed electrical installations in the home
  • Reg 7: Materials and workmanship.

These regulations are completely separate from Town and Country Planning rules and regulations. Approval under Building Regulations does not give you planning permission and vice versa, for further information on Building Regulations please contact us on 01257 441 512.

Masterplan presentation approved by client

Posted in: Be Inspired by SDA Designer Reviews- Mar 07, 2014 Comments Off

SDA Architecture presented its vision in the latest master planning proposals in front of 2 Blue chip companies and the client. The full master plan was received very positively and maintains the progress of the redevelopment site in Wigan. The mixed use development will comprise of Hotel, Restaurant, Serviced high specification offices and Observer press department, with impressive improvements to the site both visual landscaping and parking the site. SDA’s Creative Director Simon Lewis said, ‘to see Wigan gain such investment from Private developers is really a promising sign of economic improvements, along with the support shown by the blue chip rated companies it would seem Wigan could be the next high investment area in the north-west region. All of us at SDA are very proud of the redevelopment and are excited for the project commencement. its great for SDA Architecture Ltd to gain such high praise from the elite companies who specialise in their field’

SDA Sponsor Dubia 7′s Legends

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SDA Architecture are extremely proud to announce their continuing support to the Joining Jack charity based in Wigan. Creative Director Simon Lewis said, ‘its a great cause and we are happy to assist in anyway SDA can. Andrew is a good friend and really needs all the support and help in trying to cure DMD, the dubai 7′s sponsorship is the least that we could do and will continue to support Andrew and Alex with the Joining Jack charity. It was a real honour to join the legends team in Dubai and to meet such great bunch of people like Jason Robinson and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Carbon Neutral Development

Posted in: Be Inspired by SDA Designer Reviews- Feb 24, 2014 Comments Off

SDA Architecture has recently been commissioned to produce feasibility concept proposals for the development located in Egerton, Bolton. Due to the sites complexities and sensitivity both in site topography and siting within Greenbelt and the Conservation area the architectural concept will need to be exceptional by design and be exceptional in regards to renewable and sustainable properties.

The client brief involves infusing Georgian and contemporary architectural styles to create a sustainable luxury family home. The concept design incorporates underground basement space that comprises of double garage, utility, store, kitchen dining living space direct outlook into the woodlands and flowing stream, to the ground floor the design includes generous entrance on approach, large internal hall way with double height vaulted space, living room, morning room, WC cloak room, small kitchenette and link glass cube within feature staircase leading to the basement zone, leading to the first floor two bedrooms with linked ensuite, master bedroom with ensuite dressing room, feature gallery landing, laundry and link to second floor attic room that creates a fantastic space to appreciate the surrounding landscape.

We truly believe that his private dwelling will be exceptional in many ways…

If you are looking to embark on your own grand design project and require architectural assistance visit our contact us page and submit your enquiry or contact us directly at our Chorley office on 01257 441512 or alternatively our Wigan office on 01942 610 935.

Holiday Inn Appointment

Posted in: Be Inspired by SDA Designer Reviews- Feb 24, 2014 Comments Off

New appointment: SDA Architecture has recently been commissioned to work in association with Young and Gault Architects in Glasgow on the redevelopment of Martland Mill Press Building into 82 bedroom hotel, the redevelopment will allow a currently underperforming site within the Wigan Borough become rejuvenated creating new employment and services to Wigan and Businesses throughout the UK.

The development is looking for completion in October. The hotel will comprise of unique restaurant dining experience with fully serviced bar, 82 rooms, meeting conference facilities that should enhance the end users including those who support Wigan sporting teams such as the Wigan Warriors in the First:Utility Super League and Wigan Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship.

Regus & Knight Frank Commission

Posted in: Be Inspired by SDA Designer Reviews- Feb 24, 2014 Comments Off

New appointment: SDA Architecture have recently been commissioned by Knight Frank and REGUS to produce feasibility concept CGI proposals for 12,000sqft self-serviced office building, the proposal include reinventing an existing Press Hall building into state of the art serviced offices.

The proposal includes 39 offices, with 66 parking spaces, triple height atrium space in the central core providing creating communication links to the intermediate floors, meeting rooms and refreshment facilities which will provide a great opportunities for local and national companies within the Wigan area.

Bungalow re-invention now relates to its woodland setting

Posted in: Be Inspired by SDA Designer Reviews- Feb 06, 2014 Comments Off

SDA Architecture was recently asked by one of its former clients to visit their completed home. SDA had designed the reinvented property from the initial conception back in early 2012 through to building regulations approval later that year. The project was then handed back to the client so they could carry out a self build project which had always been their ambition. Upon completion of the project the client was more than proud to show off their handy work and hopefully from the pictures you will see why.

The finished product matches exactly to the design and paired with the clients own interior design looks spectacular. The inspiration behind this project was always that the property would reflect the surrounding woodland materials thus modern detailed wood cladding was wrapped on areas of the exterior of the building. The exceptional views to the rear of the property were taken full advantage of by creating an abundance of glazing on the rear elevation but most importantly the design allowed the client and their children to live in the property as a family unit and use the space in a way that suited their lifestyle.

It was very rewarding and satisfying to revisit this property and see the family so happy living there as this was a particularly difficult proposal at the application stage given it sat within Greenbelt and the additional volume that was required to make the design work far exceeded what the local authority’s policy would normally allow. However with a strong design and a well thought out supporting statement the proposal was approved and the client now has the home of their dreams.

Rufford Green Oak Project gains approval in Green Belt

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SDA Architecture are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for a another project located in the greenbelt and conservation area of Rufford. The project was received in a very positive manner by West Lancashire Planning Department who have nominated the project for West Lancashire Design Awards 2014.

The blend of glass, green oak timber frame, pan tile roofing and modern interior will transform this property to one of the finest properties in the Rufford area.

Beacon Cottage taking shape

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SDA Architecture completed a visit this week to review progress of a current self-build project involving the transformation of a 18th century stone cottage. The project is now really showing promise and the conceptual model is really transferring onto the site.

The large overhang detail and apex glazing detail will create a contemporary aspect to the rear of the property but in stark contrast the front has now been removed of the white render and paint to highlight the natural stone construction that was hidden beneath. This will be a very unique individual property when completed watch this space finish photographs and feature project review will be produced in summer 2014 on completion.