Founded in 2004 by James Barker and Ricky Mahy, Create Architects specialise in creating unique designs that not only add value to a project, but also seek to improve the landscape of Guernsey.
The practice has evolved from its early days tackling small private residential projects to become one of Guernsey’s leading chartered architectural and surveying practices.
Create Architects provide services for both private and public sector projects including bespoke private residential developments, social housing developments, care homes and office developments. The practice has worked on projects in Guernsey, Jersey, South America and across the UK. Commercial work has included The Guille Allès Library, high-end offices at 3-4 Le Marchant Street, the Guernsey Firestation, and the Grand Bouet redevelopment of Le Clouet social housing, amongst others.
Beautiful residential landmark property reworks of note are the Guernsey listed farmhouse Bonheur, the Georgian town house of Maison de Ville, and a dwelling and self-catering units at The Granary (formerly known as The Café du Moulin).
All of the work carried out by Create Architects is designed to minimise environmental impact and the practice always aims to source local materials where possible. Whilst fulfilling a clients’ brief is always an important factor in Create Architects’ work, the practice always strives to create something unique that will inspire generations to come.
Formerly known as The Bouet, Le Clouet is the latest residential development built for not-for-profit organisation the Guernsey Housing Association. The development consists of 55 clean-looking modern units, comprising a mix of one and two-bedroom flats divided between two and three-storey buildings. All of the two-storey units include separate entrance areas specifically designed to accommodate bike storage units and refuge/recycling facilities.
JW Rihoy & Son was the main contractor on the project, whilst Campbell and Bloese Limited was the structural engineer and Henderson Green Limited was the mechanical and electrical consultant.
All of the popular units on the Le Clouet development have been well received and designed to exceed current Building Regulations and guidelines set by the Code of Sustainable Homes. The energy-efficient units also comply with Lifetime Home and Secure by Design principles and incorporate high levels of insulation, solar panels and low operating costs.
Rihoy & Son Managing Director, Gavin Rihoy FCIOB, said:
“Although we have worked with Create on a number of projects, Le Clouet was the first time we worked together on a design and build (D&B) project. They proved to be ideal D&B partners as they were flexible and open-minded and quickly found solutions to any problems or concerns we had.
“Rihoy & Son has always found the Create team to be easy to work with and we like their innovative and fresh approach to design. The end result of the one and two-bedroom social housing units at Le Clouet is a fantastic example of two teams working well together and producing a project that meets the needs of the Guernsey Housing Association as developer and provides purpose-built housing for islanders.”
Fermain House is a rebuild project in a style not previously seen in Guernsey. The corner plot looks out to the Guernsey east coast and sister islands in the desirable Village Du Putron, with the house replacing a 1950s bungalow.
The brief for the project was to create a brand new, three-bedroom, five bathroom family dwelling with a separate office wing, parking and an L-shaped garden – that could retain the architectural style of a New England building.
The structure comprises traditional insulated cavity blockwork, with a lime mortar pointed brick base. At ground floor level the walls are clad in horizontal boarding (dove grey). At first floor above the walls are finished with painted render blockwork (pastel shades) all designed to incorporate traditional with a contemporary edge.
JW Rihoy & Son was the main contractor on Fermain House.
Create Architects Co-Founder, James Barker, said:
“Fermain House marks a couple of firsts for Create Architects as this is the first time that we have designed a building that could incorporate a New England style within its design.
“Fermain House is located in a very prominent position on the Island, which is not only beneficial for the client but it is also beneficial for us as a practice as it highlights the type of work that we are capable of completing. Fermain House is a prestigious project as new builds on Guernsey are few and far between and the building demonstrates our strengths.”