As we draw to the end of 2018, I just want to say a huge thank you to our clients, friends, colleagues and everyone at Peak Architects.
We have a fantastic year, some of our notable successes and good news include:
Winners of the Sheffield Design Awards 2018 ‘Peoples Choice Award and commendation’
Winners of the Peak District Planning Awards 2018 ‘non-residential’ category
Named as ‘Best Private Residential Architecture Firm – UK’; awarded ‘Best UK Cottage Conversion Project’ and an ‘Excellence Award for Sustainable Design 2018’ in Build Magazine.
We continue to grow and have now 10 members of staff
We are delighted that Naomi gave birth to Iris and Lloyd and his wife Gemma had a daughter called Elsie. Congratulations to them all; we have the pens ready when they want to come and become Architects.
Looking ahead for 2019 we have lots planned including the expansion of our existing office (currently on site); a new website and the opening of a new Cheshire office.
Once again can I thank everyone for their support this year; above all our success is down to the talent and professionalism of everyone who works at Peak Architects.
We are delighted that Peak Architects picked up two awards last night at the ‘Peak District Planning Awards’. We were very fortunate to win in the best non-residential category for our Chatsworth Stickyard Project and win a commendation in the same category for our Chatsworth Birdhide Project.
A huge thank you to Chatsworth for having the vision and drive as a client to bring these projects forward and to everyone at Peak Architects for their talent and professionalism.
We are delighted to announce that we have agreed heads of terms and are just about to sign the lease with our current landlord to take the unit next door.
We are currently drawing up plans and talking to contractors with the intention of knocking the wall down between our existing office and the new workspace allowing us to combine the two spaces into a single large open plan office.
The works should be completed before Christmas.
This is a testament to Peak Architects continued growth and represents a real commitment to widening our presence across the North of England.
Attached are some images of the office prior to works commencing – looking fantastic in the Autumn sunshine.
Peak Architects are delighted to announce that we have had three projects short listed in this years Sheffield Design Awards; these being the Chatsworth Bird hide and Stickyard Projects on the Chatsworth Estate and the Cattle Shed in the Hope Valley.
The Jury visited the projects this week with announcement of the winners on the 25th October – fingers crossed!
Peak Architects completed the final snagging on the Dining Room extension for the Dukes Barn Outdoor Activity Centre yesterday and apart from a few snagging items and a final clean the project was looking glorious in the Sunshine.
Peak Architects were appointed in 2014 to provide new kitchen and extending dining room facilities for the centre; this followed two unsuccessful planning appeals for schemes submitted by the previous architects. Working closely with the Peak Park planning team and the centres in-house management team we managed to propose a scheme on the Garden II listed building that was acceptable to the conservation officer and subsequently achieved a successful planning outcome.
Dukes Barn is an Outdoor Activity Centre, based in Beeley providing group accommodation and outdoor adventure activities for young people of all abili-ties. Its aim as a education trust, is to ensure that all young people, regardless of ability, special need or disadvantage, are given the opportunity to experience quality outdoor education, in a safe environment, to improve not only their physical fitness but also their confidence and self esteem to enable them to meet the challenges of everyday life, today and in the future. Their main focus is children with special needs including Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, children with hearing or sight impairment and those with physical disabilities including wheelchair users.
We are delighted that our latest project in the Peak District National Park is nearing completion.
The project provides a contemporary extension to a traditional gritstone ‘Old Vicarage’ in the centre of Hope and replaces a poor quality conservatory to provide an extension to the living accommodation with direct access onto a private east facing terrace.
The success of the project is down to the clients sharing Peak Architects vision for the project and the quality of workmanship provided by the contractor ‘Whitshaws’.
It was good to see Peak Architects glazed extension nearing completion on site yesterday. The scheme in the Peak Park provides a contemporary glazed pavilion linking a former vicarage to an outbuilding; the structure is a series of thin steel fins which have been designed to cantilever over the corner to provide a frameless glazed corner.
UMG who are installing the glass will deliver the glass onto site w/c 27 April – once installed this will then allow Sheppard Construction to complete the internal fit-out, with completion estimated to be in mid May 2018.
We are delighted to show one of Peak Architects projects the ‘fish pavilion’. Working closely with the main contractor Branden Davison from Beau Vale Construction we developed this lightweight oak framed extension for a garden extension within the Peak District National Park.
One of the notable features was the construction and integration of a 2.0m deep heated carp pond, (measuring 4.0m x 5.0m) into the design such that the extension fronted onto the pond and was designed to be seen as a continuation of the ‘pavilion building’. The large oak framed gable maximises the internal light within the vaulted extension and re-inforces the connectivity of the interior to the garden and particularly the carp pond.
Today we visited one of our projects (currently being constructed by Andy Deakin) on site in Baslow, in the Peak District – a house extension with external landscaping. The outside of the extension is nearly complete and the internal spaces are really taking shape, with the kitchen due to be installed next. We also reviewed the external landscaped stonework which is looking great and attracting lots of positive comments from passers-by.
After a great Christmas break we are all back into the swing of work and what a start to the New Year!
We have just been commissioned to design and submit planning for two new build bespoke houses on separate sites in the Peak Park and South Yorkshire. In addition we have nine projects on site at the moment with our current supply chain of contractors fully employed. The projects that we have on site are:
The Bank House, Hathersage – Restaurant and bar fit out in Hathersage
Eaton Cottage – Conversion and extension of a traditional stone cottage in the Hope Valley
Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield – Conversion and extension of a traditional Edwardian House
Old Vicarage, Hope – Extension to provide contemporary Garden Room
Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield – Residential Conversion and New build to the former Wakesmith Building
Chatsworth learning Centre – conversion of a listed potting shed to provide a new education facility.
Dukes Barn – Conversion and extension to provide new dining and kitchen facilities
Old Vicarage, Barlow – construction of new glass link block
Chatsworth Gardeners Hub – new mess, storage and drying facilities
It seems a long time ago since I decided to follow my dream and form Peak Architects. That decision, a lot of hard work and support has been professionally the most rewarding time of my life and something that I am extremely proud off.
2017 has seen a year of continued growth, a year within which we have moved into new offices in Sheffield and seen the office grow to 8 of us in total. Obviously we are indebted to our clients and the faith that they put in us, as I am to my team and their dedication and professionalism – I can honestly say they are the most talented team that I have ever worked with.
2018 promises to be as exciting, with the potential launch of a new ‘brand’ within the Peak family and the opening of another office to accommodate our growing portfolio in the South East.
A big thank you to my colleagues, clients and long suffering family!
Following a period of continued growth Peak Architects are delighted to announce that Zanthe Wray, Naomi Ronan and Alex Erskine have joined our small but expanding team.
Zanthe is a registered architect and has joined us, having previously worked at Hadfield Cawkwell Davison and Ollier Smurthwaite. Naomi is also a registered architect and has worked previously for Hawkins Brown and Jamie Forbert.
Alex joined us as a part 2 student having studied at Northumbria University and completed his part 1 work placement with Faulkner Browns; we are hoping that he can complete his Part 3 exams in 2018.
October continues to be a productive month for Peak Architects with 3 new projects starting on sites across three planning authorities (Sheffield, Peak Park and NE Derbyshire). The projects range from the conversion of the former Wake Smith building on Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield providing unique luxury apartments to the construction of a fully glazed link block to the Listed Old Vicarage in Barlow, Derbyshire.
In addition we are about to go into contract on three projects all within the Peak Park with construction anticipated to start in December 2017. Two of the projects are for a new education centre and gardeners Hub at the Grade 1* listed Chatsworth House with completion anticipated to be Easter 2018.
Peak Architects Director Paul Holden commented ‘the diversity of projects across our offices is a testament to our growing reputation to provide innovative designs that are both deliverable and affordable’.
At Peak Architects its great to be able to show work that we currently have on the drawing boards.
We are currently working on the extension of a Grade II hunting lodge; the strategy being to remove the poor quality previous extensions and introduce a sunken contemporary eco-home that works with the existing contours and ground levels.
A busy Autumn here at Peak Architects has seen the submission of two planning applications for George Bateman & Sons Ltd, further establishing ourselves in the hospitality sector.
Designs were submitted to the Peak Park Planning Authority for the Ladybower Inn,Bamford, for the erection of a two storey letting unit, and internal and external alterations to an existing outbuilding.
Detailed planning and Listed Building Applications were also submitted to Derbyshire Dales District Council for the extension & internal alterations of The Kings Head Public House, a Grade II Listed building on Yeoman Street within the heart of the Bonsall Conservation Area, Derbyshire.
Peak Architects are delighted to have been appointed on an exciting project which will see a new restaurant and bar located in the old Natwest building in the heart of Hathersage.
After a difficult year of negotiations with the local Planning Authority and after a successful planning appeal, Peak Architects are to undertake the detailed design for both the Architectural and Interior Design services.
‘Bank House’ is expected to open in April 2018 and we can’t wait!
We are delighted to announce that Gerard Langley has joined Peak Architects as an architectural technologist. Gerard has joined Peak Architects from Sheffield Hallam University where he received a first class degree in BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and has been shortlisted for the CIAT Student Award for Excellence in his final Architectural Technology-Project.
His passion for Guinness and coffee will certainly make him a good fit!
Peak Architects have recently completed the extension of the former ‘Sandvik’ building on the Holbrook Industrial Estate. In addition to a simple linear extension of the main warehouse to provide additional warehousing and workspace, Peak Architects were asked to create a new entrance building providing dedicated staff and visitor entrances, mess and restroom facilities.
Peak Architects proposal creates a dynamic steel framed pavilion which contrasts with the main warehouse and act as a focal point upon entry to the site. The client and staff are delighted with the building with Hill Pumps director Dominic Hewins saying ‘the building has been greatly admired by both staff and visitors to the site and creates a real statement of intent for Hill Pumps as business’.