Barnes & Collie, the award-winning Jersey-based architects with a particular pedigree in residential projects, are going from strength to strength. As the firm prepares a project which, subject to planning permission, will bring a new supermarket and apartment complex to Enfield in North London, Premier Construction caught up with busy co-director Dale Fischer, who offered a little insight into some of the firm’s recent success stories.
Le Relais des Mielles
Completed in 2010, this development created six new homes, four of which were sold off-plan. Built on the former site of a pub featured in the TV series Bergerac, the development literally runs right down to the beach.
The site is located in a green zone and took several applications to gain a planning permit. The houses are mostly granite clad with large areas of glazing taking advantage of the spectacular views out to sea. All the houses are heated by air to water heat pumps and are insulated well above the minimum current requirements. The whole site is landscaped to fit into the agricultural maritime environment.
Dale told Premier Construction, “A condition of the planning agreement was that the houses would have a traditional feel to the exterior so as to blend in with the surroundings. Internally, however, there is a very contemporary feel about the homes, with lots of open space, clean lines and modern lighting”.
Gorey Methodist Church
Elsewhere on the island, the £1.2 million conversion of Gorey Methodist Church has breathed life back into an imposing but neglected structure in a desirable residential area of the island. The refurbishment has undoubtedly made the most of the existing structure without compromising on a contemporary style and finish for the interior.
Dale says, “The concept was to build a partially glazed box within the building. The decision to develop the building as one unit rather than as seven flats was a huge risk, which paid off when the house was snapped up only days after it appeared for sale.
“The interior of the church had previously been sectioned off into smaller spaces with a covered ceiling at eaves level. This was completely stripped out, leaving only the trusses and roof in position. We then built a four bedroom house in about two thirds of the building, leaving a full height atrium at one end. This rises to 14 metres at its apex”.
The church building is listed and protected as a building of local interest. This meant that, with the notable exception of a continuous roof light along the ridge of the roof, no exterior changes were permitted.
The entire house is digitally wired and a high-quality sound system runs throughout it. The house is heated and cooled with an air-to-water heat pump feeding to under-floor heating. To avoid having to implement a secondary means of escape, a fire sprinkler system has been installed.
Find out more about Barnes & Collie at www.barnescolliearchitects.co.uk