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nash partnership

Projects for Private Clients

Introduction Nash Partnership is a joint architecture and planning practice with the necessary skills and experience to offer a wide range of advice and services to clients considering building a new house, converting, extending, altering or repairing an existing dwelling. Our services can be procured in a variety of ways, from simply giving initial advice at purchase to handling all aspects of the design, planning and construction process from purchase to completion of works. Our past portfolio of projects includes a considerable diversity of work involving historic property, up-grading and improving houses which for one reason or another are not making the best of their site and situation and many new houses built with contemporary aspirations, or sustainability as a high priority for their individual clients. Some of the issues confronting clients when they consider engaging an architect are identified here, and all are matters on which we are able to give experienced advice.

Advice We are used to giving householders preliminary advice to help them decide whether to purchase a property, convert or extend it, or help them assess whether a site can sensibly achieve the purpose designed home of their dreams. In the course of dealing with over 1,000 projects since the practice began 20 years ago, our experience often helps clients (particularly those who have got used to the way their property is) find a consultation with an architect beneficial in developing their plans. Design Architects are trained to study the context in which a building is constructed, its orientation to sun and shelter, the views available both to and from it, and we use this awareness to draw out the optimum enjoyment of context for its occupants. We are used to assimilating clients’ own brief and aspirations quickly and illustrating through drawings, models and perspectives how schemes, whether for new build, alterations, conversions or extensions, can be put into effect. As a practice we value the historic environment because it has much to teach us about what works and what does not. In some situations building in a very traditional format is appropriate and may need to be done to respect a valuable historic building or the character of a Conservation Area. But whether a building stylistically echoes the past, or is stimulated by a contemporary approach to design, we believe understanding the strengths and weaknesses of context should be the starting point for any design. The best designs simply grow out of a full appreciation of the opportunities, history and the constraints of any one site or a situation. Historic Buildings Several of our team have particular qualifications or experience of work with Grade I, II*, and II listed buildings, assessing their value and specifying all intentions thorough consultation with the local Conservation Officers and English Heritage.

Planning Many clients contemplating major building work for the first time are often surprised by the complexity and bureaucracy of the planning application process. We can advise whether planning permission is required for works and whether parallel consents such as Conservation Area or Listed Building Consent will be needed. In Britain the planning process controls a network of legislation that has built up over the years to recognise the high levels of protection our society has chosen to give all sorts of things such as archaeology, the dangers of underground contamination, the rights of neighbours, the importance of history, pedestrian and traffic safety, ecology, air and water quality and many more. Even relatively minor works sometimes require specialist evidence to be put before the planning authority concerning some of these things. We are used to assessing where such risks lie and appointing the necessary specialist consultants. The planning process operates by testing proposals for change against a large number of “adopted� Local Plan policies which exist in written form particular to each of the planning authorities across the country. The judgements that a planning officer makes involve both these documents and central government planning guidance. Nash Partnership has an experienced planning team advising its architects and clients directly. As a result we are used to seeking out all the relevant policies and advising clients how best to progress their proposals to maximise the prospects of securing planning permission. We have good working relationships with many of the planning authorities in the region.

Clients often find the interface with the planning process frustrating and this is particularly so now because planning authorities seek to determine applications in a very limited timescale due to performance monitoring by central government subsequently reflected in their funding. This means that applications are often refused for relatively minor reasons. Each planning application has to be accompanied by a written document known as a Design & Access Statement which has been framed to show the various local authorities’ officers and our own advisors that the proposal has been sufficiently rigorously tested against planning policy and other design guidance. Progressing planning and other applications to a successful conclusion requires good working, thorough research, contextual awareness, clarity of information, argument and good relationships. Using our experience of several hundred planning applications we will often advise clients tactically how best to approach the planning phase of a project to maximise the prospect of success. Occasionally if this cannot be delivered at local planning authority level an appeal to the planning inspectorate is needed. Sometimes clients find their aspirations for development and change barred through policies in which uses are found contrary to policy “in principle�. In these cases it is sometimes possible to progress projects through seeking amendments to the wording and protections of the Local Plan itself and we can advise accordingly. Technical Advice Clients will generally look to architects to provide technical advice and experience in how a new building, alteration or repair project is actually carried out. We can advise on whether specialist input is likely to be needed to obtain stable foundation conditions, ensure matters of drainage or ground contamination are dealt with. We will also ensure that a project will come with the necessary Building Regulations and that other governing legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act, relevant Health & Safety legislation and other less common areas of legislative protection or The Party Wall Acts are complied with such as Rights of Light.

Getting the Building Work Done Sometimes when clients approach an architect they have already decided which builder they wish to use and will limit the scope of the architect’s service accordingly. More commonly the architect is engaged to recommend and select contractors through a competitive tendering or negotiation process. In these circumstances it is often part of the architect’s role to administer a building contract, regularly inspect the works and issue instructions, evaluate the quality and worth of a building at intervals and authorise payments as necessary. Controlling the Cost For most clients, having confidence that the overall costs of their project are being kept under control is very important. These costs can arise from many directions. Although the cost of employing their contractor will be the largest, they are often faced with fees from architect, engineer, perhaps a topographical surveyor, an ecologist or a traffic consultant. There will be statutory fees for the making of planning applications and building regulation applications. We are used to providing clients with a cost management framework or cost plan which can enable them to regularly check and monitor the likely cost of their project so that, as best possible, this can be well controlled, acknowledging that (particularly when ‘tinkering with’ existing buildings) some unknown elements are likely to be discovered during the work. Managing such a cost plan is an important part of our work, both in the design development phase and once a construction contract has started and we have developed a number of tools to help bring clarity and understanding to this process. House and Garden Edward Nash, Senior Partner of Nash Partnership, began his working life in the office of the eminent landscape architect Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and the role of the garden setting in defining and developing the character of the house has always been very important to the work that all our architects do. In many of our projects designing the garden’s essential structure has been part of the overall design task, something we have done many times utilising the experience of our in-house horticulturist, Alex Nash, to then bring these to fruition.

Sustainable Living Nash Partnership has developed considerable experience in the design of sustainable new housing and has completed several commissions for individually designed houses. Our clients have sought particularly high standards of low energy construction and materials so that both construction processes and use have the minimum impact on the natural environment. We are able to bring to work for private clients, experience we have gained in designing housing to the government’s emerging zero carbon targets in the coming years. Whether the project is for up-grading an existing building or something new, much can usually be done to give a house substantial more benefit from southerly orientation or work to reduce heat loss from exposed westerly and northerly elevations. A whole range of materials are now available, many derived from natural sources, to reduce energy loss and control ventilation, so reducing energy requirements yet making a house comfortable. In the warmer climates of the future avoiding houses becoming over warm in the summer without needing to resort to costly air conditioning will require a very positive approach to the design from the start. We are experienced in handling the wide range of renewable energy sourcing technologies available, from ground source heat pumps to photovoltaics or domestic wind turbines. We are used to advising clients on the costs and benefits that capital expenditure on measures of this kind will bring in relation to long term energy costs. This small booklet illustrates a wide range of the projects we have undertaken over the years for domestic clients but we would be pleased to explain more fully the work done on any of these projects. Edward Nash Nash Partnership 23a Sydney Buildings Bath BA2 6BZ Tel: 01225 442424 Fax: 01225 442484

Designing for Sustainability Orchard House Orchard House was built as a family residence on the site of a smaller rather tired 1970’s dwelling. The site, a former kitchen garden to a nearby Manor House, falls within the Bath Green Belt and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty adjoining a Conservation Area. Our brief was to provide a building that sat gently within this sensitive landscape whilst providing the owners with an open plan contemporary interior. This was done by using a g re e n o a k f r a m e , c l a d with riven oak laths and other natural materials from sustainable sources. The environmental features of Orchard House include: whole house ventilation with a heat recovery system; Warmcell recycled paper insulation and lining boards; a high efficiency gas fired boiler with under floor heating which is controlled by an external sensor to optimise the heating periods in the building; Low-E, coated double glazed timber windows which are faced in aluminium to maximise the potential to recycle. The result is a beautiful structure completely at ease in its rural setting and using the best of modern and traditional craftsmanship and technology to create a sustainable home for the 21st century.

Designing for Sustainability House at Marshfield This new home is located on a narrow enclosed site at the bottom of a long burgage plot belonging to the existing High Street property. The property and site is Grade II listed. A planning requirement for the retention of one parking space for the existing dwelling and one for the new dwelling on site meant pushing the ground floor accommodation further into the garden and so a unique plan evolved with an internal courtyard designed to increase the amount of natural daylight within the dwelling. The house includes a range of environmental and sustainable features including; rainwater recycling, a whole house ventilation system, a condensing boiler combined with underfloor heating and passive solar hot water heating that draws water out of the system at night to minimise the risk of freezing, low energy light fittings and the provision for a lift so that the house can be adapted in the future. The south elevation also contains a louvre system to aid the solar shading of the large sliding glazed doors that give access to the garden.

Historic Buildings

Pine House, Somerset Pine House is a substantial former rectory near Bath which dates back to the 16th century. The building is Grade II* listed and located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, consequently this commission to design a new extension to the property was extremely sensitive. The front of the property is close to the public highway but bounded by 6ft stone capped rubble stone walls. The extension was positioned to the side of the building, closing off the front courtyard garden from the larger rear garden. It is a single storey structure with traditional detailing to reflect that of the existing house. To the rear the garden/family room, with views of the garden, is housed in a large oak framed structure based on a 4m cubic space internally, fully glazed to light the interior spaces. The internal rooms flow together, each having exposed green oak trusses with super insulated roofs and floors to overcome the specification of single glazing to meet the conditions of listed building consent. The new extension and existing building are joined by a frameless glazed link giving an underlying contemporary feel.

Historic Gardens

Belcombe Court, Wiltshire We have undertaken a number of projects at this beautiful 18th century villa, built by John Wood, architect of many of Bath’s finest buildings. The house and garden were separated by a steep vertical change in level of some 8 metres making the large kitchen garden difficult to access and enjoy. Using the existing elements such as the stone gabled potting shed, a high rubble stone wall, well placed trees, steps and the adjoining buildings, we designed a vaulted flight of stone steps to make both a physical and visual connection between the two levels. A full study of the estate and grounds was undertaken to identify areas of historic development and so assist in bringing many areas of the grounds back into use by our client. Projects included the restoration of the potting shed as a focal point in the garden composition and circulation. A new poolhouse, in the style of a Mediterranean loggia, was designed to provide the family with shelter from the elements along with changing and storage space, making the structure of use throughout the year.

Rural Conversion Henley Hill Barn At the time that Nash Partnership were retained by the new owners of this derelict b a r n i n G l o u c e s t e r s h i re , planning permission had been granted for its conversion from agricultural use but the application for the necessary associated listed building consents had not been submitted. The work required to make the structure safe and capable of meeting the requirements of a modern dwelling was extensive. The existing roof trusses have been repaired and strengthened to ensure their ability to carry the replacement roof coverings whilst remaining exposed to view from below. The barn floor at one end has been lowered to allow a three storey internal structure; at the opposite end accommodation is provided over two levels leaving the central zone open plan to maximise the use of the light and space created between the two existing porches. Outside, the single storey cow byre has also been converted to provide office and guest accommodation, incorporating a simple oak framed structure into the existing masonry.

Urban Conversion Great Pulteney Street Great Pulteney Street is one of Bath’s most impressive Georgian streets, designed in the 18th century by Thomas Baldwin to develop the Pulteney estate and use the new link to the city provided by Robert Adam’s Pulteney Bridge. The Grade I listed, six storey buildings have two basement levels and over the years many have been converted from individual houses into offices, flats and apartments hotels and nursing homes. All such changes of use have resulted in a level of subdivision and this is what had happened at 10 and 11 Great Pulteney Street when they were joined to become a hotel. Our client sought to revert both to a layout as close to their original as possible and return both properties to use as individual homes. We began by undertaking a detailed structural fabric survey and analysis of the evolution of the floor plans from their original build plans. Specifications were created for the restoration and reinstatement of period features including ornamental plasterwork, cleaning and repair of cantilever stone stairs, the removal of inappropriate alterations and the careful insertion of new services throughout. The insertion of bathrooms during the period as a hotel meant that the integrity of many original wall and ceiling finishes had been destroyed and careful choices had to be made between making patch repairs and complete renewal. Decoration and finishes schemes were carefully selected from archive records available within the city.

Ancillary Buildings

Glebe Pool House We have undertaken a number of projects at this Victorian rectory, including remodelling the internal spaces by opening up to link the kitchen and living areas in a way that is more responsive to modern living. A new poolhouse has been built within the grounds of the rectory. Constructed in oak post and beam construction with stressed skin walls, the building is designed to blend with the rural location when viewed from a distance by resembling a more agricultural structure. It is positioned to form one enclosing side of the old kitchen garden and uses high quality natural materials to create a simply finished but light and contemporary building.

Garden Design

Why use a garden designer and horticulturist? A good garden often starts out as an unpromising piece of land where buildings, boundaries, sheds, views and existing plants appear haphazard. Through training and experience, a garden designer can identify problems with a site and plant health and the potential for improving both. Like interiors, gardens can serve many roles and offer many characters.

Garden Design Cottage Garden The owners of this pretty Gothic cottage had undertaken major alterations to open up its main doors to the garden. We redesigned its garden to make the most of the approach to the front door from the garden gate and exploit the new views and routes created. Typical cottage garden planting was used, carefully considered to flourish in the seaside environment.

Courtyard Garden Here, a 1940s house set wi t hi n an 18 th Century walled garden had created a long narrow strip of land without character, between the front gate and the front door. Using the changes of level, raised beds, pots and characterful reflection planting, an attractive dining area has been created, offering both sun and shade throughout the day.

Garden Design Formal Town Garden In Bath the Georgian town gardens, flanked by stone walls, are long and narrow and often feature steep changes of level. Such spaces lend themselves to strongly axial but simple designs. Here, coarse textures of gravel and rubblestone, fastigate yews, box, terracotta pots and standard bays all frame an elegant garden seat.

Formal Italian Garden In order to achieve a major redesign of this city garden, discreetly accommodating car parking and replacing the existing sloping child’s play area, we used the strongly vertical features of Italianate design to block and direct views and create a strong visual structure. A large grotto, l i l y p o n d , cypres s e s , terraces, herbs and rose trellises all create a view from the large open sided loggia of green oak.

Nash Partnership 23a Sydney Buildings BATH BA2 6BZ T (01225) 442424 F (01225) 442484

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