The winners of a creative competition, that was launched at the start of lock down to provide an opportunity for youngsters to learn more about design, construction and engineering, have announced the winning designers.

Tasked with using their imaginations to create their very own dream den, children from across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire submitted a variety of design ideas which included a wide range of drawings, photos, models and actual builds across three age groups. They were particularly encouraged to think about sustainability and how recycled materials can be reused or upcycled to feature in their very own eco-friendly den design.

The ‘Design-A-Den’ competition was devised by architectural practice Peak Architects, aluminium glazing systems manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems, commercial interior design and fit-out specialist Ovo Spaces and social housing provider Great Places Housing Group.

The judging panel included a representative from each company with guest judge, Lord Burlington, Chair of Devonshire Educational Trust, also rising to the challenge.

Commenting, Lord Burlington (pictured) said:

“A huge well done to all participants, I was so impressed by the imagination and effort that was on show, a real celebration of childhood! I was inspired by the creativity displayed making it very difficult in reaching a decision.”

Commenting, Peak Architects’ Director, Paul Holden said: “We have been totally overwhelmed by the volume and high quality the Den Designers have produced.  It has been so uplifting to see evidence of how well informed our younger generation is when it comes to sustainability and recycling.  The creativity and imagination certainly haven’t been dampened given the recent lockdown restrictions.”

The winners were awarded an iPad with the runners-up receiving an art set. Take a look at the wonderful winning entries below:

 

CATEGORY: 4-6 years

 

Winner: Lara Shore, 4 years (Sheffield)

Lara created a model of her dream den with all materials taken from the craft or recycling box. Key features include:

  • a rope ladder to access the den, tucked away in the trees so the parents can’t find it;
  • a cool “chill out” area for all her friends to sit and chat, with a feather umbrella to sit under and stay cool on sunny days;
  • solar panels help provide electricity to the den

There’s no room for boredom here with a swing and ball pool with magazines and TV inside for chill time. Or take a ride down the water slide down, which also collects rainwater to fill up the pool at the bottom.

Here’s what our judges thought:

“Lovely use of colour, very imaginative and very environmentally conscious. Excellent use of materials as everything is recycled.” David Baldwin, Ovo Spaces

“A modular treetop design that takes tree house design to the extreme.  I particularly like this design because it focuses on being a sociable space for Lara and her friends.  The colourful and fun design using craft supplies shows great creativity.” Jonny Greenstreet, Senior Architectural Systems.

“Surprisingly, the only ball pool in the competition. Environmental considerations feature strongly and being out of parental sight is a masterstroke.”  Lord Burlington, Devonshire Educational Trust

Runner Up: Lenny Bates, 5 years (Sheffield)

Lenny wanted to create a den that could be enjoyed by his local community during lockdown. Built in the local woods, with a little help from Dad on the framework, it quickly became very popular with other youngsters.  Lenny encouraged others to be a part of it by challenging kids to make their own decoration and hang it on the den.  Letters were also left for Lenny of which he responded to each one.

“Excellent to see traditional, environmentally friendly materials being used but best of all this designer clearly  recognises the social benefits of fully embracing the sharing economy. Plus you might find treats!”  Lord Burlington, Devonshire Educational Trust

“What a wonderful and intuitive way of encouraging creativity and interaction with others and interacting whilst respecting the lockdown rules.”  Paul Holden, Peak Architects.

CATEGORY: 7-9 years

 

Winner: Marek Pillay, 8 years (Sheffield)

Marek’s inspiration came from his dream of a tree house.  He didn’t let the absence of a tree and his small garden stand in his way. He picked a corner and set about his mission.  Once cleared, he used bamboo, bricks, soil, plastic, string to name a few to build his creation, relying on items from his neighbour’s skip such as turf and old floor tiles.

Comments from the judges:

“Great Den…fantastic set of photos showing the build; I got the impression that this was a real project for Marek.”   Paul Holden, Peak Architects

“A really practical project using old materials and bamboo to make a special space in the corner of the garden, it now looks like it has always been there.”  Raymond Kinsella, Great Places Housing Group

Amazing transformation to the bottom of his garden with some very creative design elements such as the trapdoor. Excellent use of materials as he has repurposed a lot of materials from his neighbour’s skip.”  David Baldwin, Ovo Spaces

“This has clearly been a labour of love for Marek during lockdown and a lot of time and effort has evidently gone into creating himself this garden-hideaway.  The scale of this build is really impressive and the photo diary has really demonstrated the evolution of the den-build and the attention to detail that Marek has.  My only question – can it get WiFi and is Marek willing to rent it to me as an office?!?” Jonny Greenstreet, Senior Architectural Systems

Runner up: Eve Wainwright, 8 years (Sheffield)

Eve really went to town on recycling and sustainability when creating her dream den.  She designed a parent free space where she can pass time playing lego, baking and crafts.

Impressive elements include a den on stilts to create a space for creatures beneath and a water wheel to power the oven; solar lights, tyres, reclaimed wood and recycled fishing nets for climbing.

“Nice den, interesting design on stilts and wooden furniture. Low carbon fuelling the cooker too. Nicely drawn and explained.” Raymond Kinsella, Great Places Housing Group

“I really like that this den centres around harnessing the power of water to allow all the modern conveniences that modern-day dens require.  Water wheels were key to the evolution of early industry and I love the idea that something considered old technology could still be used today. Completely sustainable and the sound of the paddles scooping through the water I imagine to be quite rhythmical and relaxing.  The coloured windows made from recycled plastic bottles I think are a fantastic idea, flooding the interior with colourful light.  Eve clearly likes to be creative and has designed a wonderful place to make and draw things, perhaps the next generation of eco-homes will be conceived here by Eve, Master Architect!!”  Jonny Greenstreet, Senior Architectural Systems

“This is a fantastic creation – the waterwheel is due for a comeback and it is very well deployed here. Lots of other thoughtful details too.”  Lord Burlington, Devonshire Educational Trust

 

CATEGORY: 10-11 years

Winner: Dylan Heason, 11 years (Peak District)

Dylan’s love of wildlife really shines through his design with great detail illustrated in his imaginary Minecraft version.  This creation has such low impact on the environment whilst considering the natural elements and recycling waste to insulate this overnight shelter.

We hope that Dylan gets to spend the night in his den to observe the wildlife in their natural habitat including water voles, herons, trout, deer and otters.

Our judges’ comments:

“Loved the journey that Dylan took us on…really enjoyable and clearly presented.” Paul Holden, Peak Architects

“Minecraft den in a tree by the river, very well presented.  Low impact design using what is already there in nature.” Raymond Kinsella, Great places Housing Group

“Brilliant – almost no materials used at all. Great site too – a very important consideration. I loved the Minecraft proposal – so many great details – the real life den will be amazing.”  Lord Burlington, Devonshire Educational Trust

Runner up: Kip Homerski, 11 years (Peak District)

Kip’s hideaway shows such a great knowledge of protecting and respecting the environment.  The underground space, coupled with the tree house element, adds another dimension and the option to customise makes Kip’s design really unique.

Kip has created a deceptive design making it all the more of an exciting place to hide.

Over to the judges:

“Kip’s design is very environmentally friendly and this appears to be his main focus throughout the design. Fantastic use of recycled materials for camouflaging the den.”  David Baldwin, Ovo Spaces

“Good ideas and well presented, he knows how to communicate his design ideas with above and below ground.”  Raymond Kinsella, Great Places Housing Group

“All sorts of cunning tricks and deceptive ways to hide away. I love this. The mirrors especially.”  Lord Burlington, Devonshire Educational Trust

A huge well done to each and every child who took the time to develop and share their dream dens with us.  It really has been a wonderful journey for the team at Design-a-Den!

 

Peak Architects and three local companies behind the recently launched Design-a-Den challenge are delighted to announce Lord Burlington, Chair of the Devonshire Educational Trust, as one of the judges to find the best imaginary hideaway across Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

The new ‘Design-A-Den’ competition has been devised by architectural practice Peak Architects, aluminium glazing systems manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems, commercial interior design and fit-out specialist OVO Spaces and social housing provider Great Places Housing Group. Aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 11 years, the creative challenge hopes to provide inspiration for those children and their parents who are currently home-schooling.

The Devonshire Educational Trust (DET) is an independent charity that works in partnership with the Chatsworth House Trust in Derbyshire and the Bolton Abbey Estate in Yorkshire, to provide learning opportunities. The DET vision is to ‘make a positive difference to people’s lives by inspiring a love and understanding of art, heritage and the environment’.

With schools now closed in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the ‘Design-A-Den’ competition has been designed to appeal to children as well as their parents and teachers and provides a great opportunity to learn more about design, construction and engineering.  The children are particularly encouraged to think about sustainability and how recycled materials can be reused or upcycled to feature in their very own eco-friendly den design.

Lord Burlington said, “I am very much looking forward to being a part of the judging panel for the Design-a-Den Competition because I’m always enthused to see the creative ideas that young minds come up with. The Devonshire Educational Trust’s mission is to create learning opportunities, enriched by the essential qualities of our estates, to inspire current and future generations and affect how they live in and think about the world around them, and out so we are thrilled to support this initiative.  It also coincides with the recent launch of our online Learning at Home Resources to support families and encourage spending time together.”

Commenting, Peak Architects’ Director, Paul Holden: “We are delighted to have Lord Burlington and the Devonshire Educational Trust on board.  These are difficult times for all of us, and particularly for children who have found their usual routines and schooling completely turned upside down. We hope that our ‘Design-A-Den’ competition will not only help to entertain primary-age children but will engage with them to encourage some creative thinking and problem-solving.  It’s a great opportunity to get them out into the garden to either build a den or find inspiration for what materials they can use in their designs. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!”

Entries for the ‘Design-A-Den’ competition should be submitted as JPEG or PDF documents and emailed to designaden@peakarchitects.co.uk before Friday 1st May. View full competition details and terms and conditions

 

Peak Architects has teamed up with three local companies to encourage a little constructive thinking across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire as they launch a new competition to challenge primary-aged children to design their very own den.

The new ‘Design-A-Den’ competition has been devised by architectural practice Peak Architects, aluminium glazing systems manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems, commercial interior design and fit-out specialist OVO Spaces and social housing provider Great Places Housing Group. Aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 11 years residing in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, the creative challenge hopes to provide inspiration for those children and their parents who are currently home-schooling.

Kids are encouraged to use their imaginations to design their ideal den and to share their ideas by sending in a photo of what they have built, whether that’s a drawing, model or actual size retreat. The competition is split into different age groups (4 to 6 years, 7 to 9 years and 10 to 11 years), and the winning designers from each category will win a top prize of a brand-new iPad. Runners up will also  receive a creative art set. The competition is open until Friday 1st May and the winning entries will be chosen by the judging panels which comprises representatives from each of the companies involved.

With many schools now closed in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the competition has been designed to appeal to children as well as their parents and teachers, and provides a great opportunity to learn more about design, construction and engineering.  The children are particularly encouraged to think about sustainability and how recycled materials can be reused or upcycled to feature in their very own eco-friendly den design.

Commenting, Peak Architects’ marketing manager, Amanda Wild said: “These are difficult times for all of us, and particularly for children who have found their usual routines and schooling completely turned upside down. We hope that our ‘Design-A-Den’ competition will not only help to entertain primary-age children but will engage with them to encourage some creative thinking and problem-solving. The kids can set their imaginations free with this challenge and as the weather improves, it’s a great opportunity to get them out into the garden to either build a den or find inspiration for what materials they can use in their designs. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!”

Entries for the ‘Design-A-Den’ competition should be submitted as JPEG or PDF documents and emailed to designaden@peakarchitects.co.uk before 12.00 noon on Friday 1st May. Full competition details and terms and conditions can be found here

Design-A-Den Competition

 

 

 

We’re on a mission to find the best imaginary hideaway across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire in our ‘Design a Den’ Challenge with some great prizes to be won!

So, if you are aged between 4 & 11 years old and you think you’ve got what it takes, then read on…

 

THE CHALLENGE

Imagine a space that’s just for you, where you have total control over how it looks and no grown-ups are allowed! What would your den be made of? What would it look like? What activities might you want to do in your den?

We are looking for some really inspirational ideas; especially ones that consider the environment, so have a think about what materials you can reuse or recycle. The more unusual the better!

 

GETTING CREATIVE

Once you have imagined what your own special space could look like, you can bring it to life in any of the following ways:

  • Build – you might want to actually build your den creation in the garden!  Check out your shed, garage, garden for any objects that could be part of your design.
  • Model making – what about making a model of your den? Use whatever you have available such as card, paper, straws, foil, lollipop sticks…the list is endless! Don’t forget to check the recycling box!
  • Drawing/ Painting/ Collages – get your creation down on good old paper if drawing is your thing. Feel free to use paints, pens, pencils to get your ideas across.
  • Design – create your den by using a drawing program or software on your home computer or tablet.

Before you start, be sure to check out our TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at our quick Design Tips if you need some inspiration.

 

HOW TO ENTER

When your creation is complete, simply take a photograph and email it to us.  Feel free to add some more information to your design if you wish but please, no more than 200 words. Don’t forget to include your name, age and address, and make sure you check with your grown up before you enter.

Our competition is open to children who live in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire and fit into one of the following age categories:

  • 4 to 6 year olds
  • 7 to 9 year olds
  • 10 to 11 year olds

Your design will be judged on its creativity, how you have made it eco-friendly and any ideas you have had for using recycled materials and objects.

 

iPADS UP FOR GRABS!

One winner will be chosen from each age category and will receive a brand new iPad!  We’ll also be choosing a runner up in each category and they will receive an art and crafts set.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS 12.00PM ON MONDAY 1st JUNE 2020.

Read the background to how this competition came about here

The best of luck everyone!

 

Part Q Planning Success

Peak Architects are delighted that we have received planning permission for the conversion of concrete framed barn into 5No market residential units on an open site in Tickhill. Working closely with the planning Alistair Flatman, permission was granted utilising Part Q of the permitted development rights.

New Community Centre

Peak Architects are delighted to be working with a community group to create a new community centre/hub – initial studies are looking at the overall design and materiality…hopefully the client will like the proposed use of ‘Corten steel’ cladding.

Merry Christmas and Thank You!

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.

 

 

 

Peak District Planning Awards Success.

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.

Sheffield Design Awards

Peak Architects attended their first Sheffield Design awards last night at the Trafalgar Works in Sheffield.

What a fantastic night we had with Peak Architects ‘Chatsworth Birdhide Project’ being highly commended in the Small projects Category and winning ‘The Peoples Choice Award’.

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us.

Peak Architects are Expanding

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.

Vote for Peak Architects!

Peak Architects have been fortunate enough to have 3 projects shortlisted for this years Sheffield Design Awards, these being:

  • The Cattle Shed in Grindleford
  • The Chatsworth Birdhide
  • The Chatsworth Stickyard Education Centre

As part of the awards there is a ‘Peoples Choice Award’, voted by members of the public and that’s where you guys come in. If possible please can you all click on the attached link : https://www.sheffieldsocietyofarchitects.org.uk/sda2018publicchoice and vote for the above projects.

In advance thank you and if you can pass this email onto anyone you know it would be greatly appreciated.

Sheffield Design Awards

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!

Chatsworth’s Learning Centre

A sneak preview of the professional photography on Peak Architects new learning centre for the Devonshire Education Trust.

The project converted a grade 1* listed former potting shed to create a flexible arts and education space.

A huge thank you to the contractor Briddons for their professionalism and quality of their work and to Matt Bush for the fantastic photography.

Dukes Barn Outdoor Activity Centre

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’.

Peak Park ‘Glasshouse’

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.

The ‘Fish’ Pavilion

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.


 

Site Progress in Baslow

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.

The project is due for completion in February.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Peak Architects.

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

What a Year!

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!

 

New Starters at Peak Architects

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.

 

New Projects on Site

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’.