The client wanted us to design a satellite office for their company on a historically industrial site. The brief required a shopfront presence, chapel of rest and dignified private entrance for hearses. The building is split into two blocks - an entrance block wraps around the corner of the street in mesh bond brickwork with glazed entrance and a private rear block is entered along a glazed walkway. The public and private areas of the building connect at the chapel of rest in the centre, defined with a Private reflection courtyard. The internal courtyard is enclosed by timber cladding, whilst a solid brick exterior provides privacy from the adjacent activity, with glimpses through panels of mesh bond brickwork.
The client, a manufacturer of high quality playgrounds, wanted a design that reflected the progressive ethos of their company, on a tight budget - a 'chic shed'.
'We have enjoyed working with Evans Vettori and have been particularly impressed by the way in which they have been prepared to draw our management team and the workforce into the process of developing the brief for our new factory. The result has been a design that really does reflect the ethos of the company and has helped us to sell the whole concept of relocation to our management team and the workforce.'
Robin Sutcliffe. Managing Director Sutcliffe Play Ltd
An expanding funeral directors business needed a new hearse garage, cold store, additional workshop space and two more offices. The site overlooks a brook and has views to the nearby church. The new building replaces a decrepit shack, and occupies the same tight footprint. It is in the middle of the Matlock Green Conservation Area so needed to be designed carefully to blend with the traditional stone and slate vernacular. This small new addition to a historic locality makes a positive contemporary contribution and further enhances a charming mixed-use environment.