"A coming of age"

NTU - Heart of the Campus

On receiving this months issue of the RIBA Journal, we were thrilled to discover that we'd been allotted a full 7-page spread in precious printed medium!

RIBA Journal March 2016 - Vol 123 Issue 03

As if that wasn't a nice enough surprise - last tuesday morning we had NTU featured on the front page of the RIBA Journal website!

Here is a link to the article just in case you missed it : "A coming of age"

Web article featured on RIBA J front page!

Kind thanks to @hughpearman for the thoughtful analysis and of course Martine Hamilton Knight for the wonderful photography.

Further to this great news we've just had the news that NTU has been shortlisted among twelve projects for the RIBA East Midlands 2016 Awards, following a short press release from RIBA EM Chair Valeria Passetti :

RIBA East Midlands 2016 Awards Press Release

The list of shortlisted entries can be viewed here - RIBA East Midlands 2016 Awards

We look forward to seeing friends and colleagues at the awards evening on the 27th of April at the Nottingham Contemporary - buona fortuna a tutti!

We also had the project shortlisted for the RICS Awards 2016 for East Midlands in the "regeneration" category amongst a selection of more great schemes - the list of which can be viewed here.


NTU - Library Extension

Work is progressing on site for the library extension with steelwork being installed and the overall form beginning to take shape - it won't be too long before it's up and running, providing a link for students to the suite of buildings making up the heart of the campus.

Progress on site!
Conceptual rendering of the proposed extension


Square Chapel Centre for the Arts

Groundwork continues on site in Halifax with concrete and steel going in, the feature stairs balustrade has been taking shape with the concrete castings looking tactile and warm despite the wet and cold weather!

 We're really looking forward to seeing the building take shape in the coming months while details are being developed and finalised working closely with the Square Chapel Trustees.

Construction in full flow among the rolling hills of Halifax

Detail of the cast concrete walls with textured timber effect

Further updates to come...

Remember to check our instagram and twitter for more images and news!

As always, thank you for your support - Rob, Dan & co.

Autumn Update - Square Chapel on Site, Carbon Negative at Clifton, Part 3 Congratulations and Website Update...

"Square Chapel Centre for the Arts on Site"

Construction has begun on our project in Halifax to ‘extended and improve’ the Grade II*-listed former chapel. The development includes a 108 seat multi-purpose auditorium fully-equipped for use as a cinema, studio and general performance space. The design borrows from the rectilinear form of the existing Chapel and features a copper-clad finish.

"Looks like progress!" Photo: @Gagarin_Studio

In addition to updating the dressing rooms, improving toilet facilities and an overhaul of the access and layout - a brand new 'delta' shaped foyer (complete with café-bar and outdoor seating area) links the auditorium to the existing Piece Hall and Square chapel buildings.

Click here to view the design project page on our website.


"Carbon Negative at NTU..."

It's great to see the "Heart of the Campus" development at NTU being enjoyed by both the students and academics in it's first operational semester.

And to hear that the Pavilion is the university’s first building to be awarded an A+ rated Carbon-Negative Energy Performance Certificate is fantastic news! 

"It is not just about the energy efficiency" - The project takes advantage of
natural ventilation and daylight as well as integrating smart LED lighting
and PIR sensors. Photo: Hannah Oakman

Environmental Manager Grant Anderson commented: “We have been working hard to improve our sustainability credentials and receiving an EPC rating of A+ for the new Pavilion building is an excellent achievement for the university."

Read more about the project's sustainability credentials in the 'Edquarter' article here.

"Thermal Mass" The concrete canopy was a key component
in achieving
 the A+ rating. Photo: Hannah Oakman

Click here to view the design project page on our website.


"Refectory Developments"

Rounding off the news for NTU - construction progress is well on it's way for the refectory refurbishment. This photograph really captures the effect of the newly installed 'lantern'.

More images and updates to come in due course!

'NTU Refectory' PhotoAndrew Hopewell


"Architect in the Office..."

The office is extremely proud to announce that our very own Harriet Palmer has completed her part 3 exams and been awarded with a distinction for her work!

"Congratulations Harriet!" Pictured here with NTU Chief Financial
and Operations Officer Stephen Jackson at the recent
"Heart of the Campus" opening party celebrations.


"Website Update"

We're pleased to announce that the website has received an update, see for yourself here!

The update includes the addition of several of our latest projects, improved imagery, an up-to-date awards list and quick links to our social media profiles - check them out on Instagram and Twitter!


As always, thanks for your support - Rob, Dan & co.

Summer summary - Housing Design Awards, Square Chapel on Site and NTU handover...

Housing Design Awards 'Supreme Winner' - Parkside, Matlock

We were thrilled and amazed that our Parkside project was awarded with 'Supreme Winner' at the Housing Design Awards held in London in July - a fantastic achievement for all involved!

Films being shown to the audience at the Awards ceremony. Pic - @livingprojects

As part of the ceremony a series of short films were made (courtesy of Living Projects and the HDA) and shown to the audience celebrating all of the winning schemes from this years categories - see the video for yourself below! 

As well as being presented with the award by the Minister for Housing & Planning in London, we had the pleasure of showing him the project in person alongside the client and members of the RIBA.

The Minister for Housing & Planning being shown
round the Parkside scheme. Pic - @RIBA

Dan also captivated an audience of local designers, residents and NDSA members - taking them through the design processes and construction challenges in detail. The residents also kindly let the audience view the flats in use!

Dan explaining the development process to an audience
at the Cool River cafe. Pic - @derbyarchitect 

Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus

Last month saw the completion of the first building in the Heart of the Campus redevelopment. The multi-purpose flexible teaching block includes three lecture spaces, ten teaching rooms and a covered colonnade which connects to the nearly complete Pavilion building.

Scaffold comes down at NTU Clifton Campus. Pic - @evansvettori

Copper lit by the lightwell in the Teaching Block at NTU

"Counting down" the final stages of building work in the Pavilion at NTU

Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax

Square Chapel has been given the green light for building work!

"Construction will start later this month on Evans Vettori Architects’ £6.6million overhaul of the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts - 10 years after the firm landed the job..."

Read more in Richard Waites' article for the Architects Journal here.

Physical model showing the connecting pieces of the arts centre in it's context.

Section through the main space.

Concept image for the main foyer space and bar.
More news soon! 

Thanks for your support - Rob, Dan & co

RIBA National Award, Jewellery Centre planning permission, Square Chapel funding and more...

We are delighted to announce that Parkside has now won a National RIBA Award - one of only two awarded in the East Midlands - credit due in particular to Dan!

Some kind words courtesy of the RIBA National Award Winners collection;

"...This humble project stands as an exemplar of how to design buildings that make for a better place, using a contemporary language that works within a strong context... "

Read the rest of the short analysis and see some more beautiful photographs courtesy of Tristan Poyser.

Project News


We were pleased to find out last week that our Jewellery Design Centre at Carsington Water was granted planning permission following a fascinating debate.

Congratulations to our visionary client C.W. Sellors!


In other developments, our Square Chapel Centre for the Arts project in Halifax has just been granted full funding by the Arts Council.

We won the competition 10 years ago - construction starts in September!


Construction on our Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus development is coming along nicely with the copper cladding and curtain wall glazing in place and internal fit-out beginning to take form.


Office News


And finally in the office we would also like to congratulate senior architect Gareth Puttock on becoming a certified passivhaus designer following completion of the AECB’s Passivhaus training course just before the beginning of the year.

For anyone unfamiliar with Passivhaus designs - the aim is to provide a high level of occupant comfort while using minimal energy.  This is achieved through meticulous attention to detail in both the design and construction of the building and ensuring that the rigorous Passivhaus Institute principles are met.

So we are excited to now have our own "in-house" Passivhaus designer available to clients wishing to both reduce their energy consumption and increase their indoor comfort on both refurbishment and new-build projects!


Thank you all again for your continued support and keep an eye out for more updates and news in the coming months!

Best regards,

Robert, Dan and Co.

Civic Trust Awards Update

We're excited to announce that Parkside (Olde Englishe Road, Matlock) has been included as a regional finalist for the 2015 Civic Trust Awards with second tier selections being made in January!

This scheme makes full and positive use of a previously vacant brown field site in the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire spa town of Matlock at the very heart of its Conservation Area.

Considerable effort was made to ensure robust and quality detailing such as the copper-clad oriel window elements.

The development includes spacious accommodation, accessible shop/café units and a strengthened connection between pedestrianized areas either side of the river. 

2014 in a post!

Firstly, a belated farewell to Matt from everybody at the Evans Vettori office - all the best with your future endeavors!

Filling the position as new junior member is John - fresh from completing a masters at Leeds school of Architecture this Summer.

Evans Vettori's newest addition


The big story for Evans Vettori in 2014 has been the RIBA East Midlands awards ceremony which took place earlier this year - an exciting event which turned out to be extremely fruitful for the office too!

We were thrilled to pick up two RIBA Awards which we'd been shortlisted ; the first of which was for 'St Joseph's Church Hall' in Derby and the second for 'High Edge' in Matlock.

St Joseph's Church Hall
'High Edge'

The office was also selected to receive the award for "Practice of the year 2014" for the East Midlands region - we were honored to be given the title among so many talented local peers!

Evans Vettori receiving RIBA awards

Our St Joseph's Church Hall project also later received the National Churches Trust 2014 Presidents Award. Some of you may have caught Dan speaking about the design at the Great British Buildings Event which took place at St Joseph's in October!

Talk for St Joseph's Church Hall in Derby


Progress on current projects continues to push forward, construction at the Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus now in full swing - steel and concrete nearing completion ready for the masonry to start taking shape!

Nottingham Trent University 'Heart of the Campus' under construction

Here's a sneak peak of some of the exquisitely crafted vaulted planks and edge profiles which we got to see on a little office outing to Evans Concrete - some of which are already installed on site!

Edge profile components

Vaulted plank suspended at actual constructed height

More news to come soon but in the mean time... enjoy the festive season!

It must be time for an update....

Well, what a beginning to 2014 it has been! 

Firstly, in house

We would like to congratulate Dan Greenway, who after 10 years with the practice, has recently been appointed as Director.

We also welcome Gareth Puttock, our new project architect. Gareth joined the team in February and has hit the ground running on the NTU projects.  

Our active projects 

We are excited to report that works have begun on site at the Clifton Campus at Nottingham Trent University. Demolition is now in full swing for the Heart of Campus Pavilion, so watch this space. 

This is our hoarding up at the demolition site at Clifton

Meanwhile in the office, momentum remains at at all-time high, with many of us now working on an equally exciting General Purpose Teaching Block at Clifton, to sit alongside the new Pavilion. The GPT has been submitted for planning and is currently out to tender.  

In other news

The team look forward to the upcoming 2014 RIBA Awards evening for the East Midlands. We are delighted to have two projects shortlisted this year, St Josephs' Church Hall and Robert's family home; High Edge, Matlock. 

2014 RIBA Awards Short-lister: St Joseph's Church Hall, Derby
2014 RIBA Awards Short-lister: High Edge, Matlock

We'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, we're ramping up on Instagram, check out our pics (@evansvettori)......

This one of the Nottingham Council House
won NTU's Instagram 'Picture of the Week'!

Festive Farewell

A very Merry Christmas from all of us at Evans Vettori!

In less cheery news, we say goodbye to Rachel, who leaves the practice this week.
We all wish her the greatest luck with her future ventures, and are certain she will be an invaluable asset to all future projects that cross her desk.

EVA are recruiting!

We are looking for a Project Architect to join our team.

We are looking for a fully qualified Architect to initially work on a prestigious University Campus building.

Must have experience in running projects at all work stages, be motivated and enthusiastic with design and technical skills.

Knowledge of the following beneficial (but not compulsory):
Bentley Microstation
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Indesign
NBS Building

If you are interested, please email a copy of your current CV and examples of work to Robert Evans -

Closing date for applications: 06th December 2013.

New Plans and Completed Projects

Planning applications have been submitted in the last few weeks for two prestigious projects.

Firstly the CW Sellors Jewellery Design Centre of Excellence, that was launched to the public last month has been developed up to a full planning application. The building includes the workshops for CW Sellors, alongside retail and educational facilities with 'caves' for exploring the stones and metals that are used in the manufacture of their fine jewellery. The proposals will allow visitors to walk down through a 'canyon' of limestone walls from the carpark to Carsington Water which can be viewed from the main entrance space.

North elevation of proposed Jewellery Design Centre for CW Sellors

We have also submitted an application for the redevelopment of the Clifton Campus for Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham. This campus refurbishment will provide a new heart of campus Pavilion building including open plan Forum space alongside teaching space.

External view of proposed Pavilion
The Forum space in the Pavilion

We hope that both applications will be determined at the end of the year and look forward to developing them soon! 

Photographer Tristan Poyser has visited several of our finished projects this month. Managing to dodge the rain showers, Tristan has delivered us some fantastic photos of four recently completed schemes. Below is a taster of the final images.

St Joseph's Church Hall, Derby. Completed July 2013
Curved brick facade to Littleover Community School
teaching block. Completed September 2013.
Howghyll House, Fritchley. Completed summer 2013.
High Edge, Matlock. Robert Evans new self-built home.