Poole Methodists Church

In 2006, due to falling membership numbers, Poole Methodist Church Circuit made the decision to centralise worship and consolidate the Circuit estate.

Since the project’s conception, we have been working closely with the client to foster relationships and engender a sense ‘ownership’ to the scheme. This has proved particularly relevant where the complexities of the process have needed to be balanced with the requirements of a wide and enthusiastic membership.

As a result, the church’s vision had to be supported by a robust and confident design. Situated in a conservations area, a challenging planning process saw an agreement that the main church should be upgraded and the adjoining Halls demolished and replaced with a contemporary extension. The extension includes the building’s main entrance, new halls and various community spaces. The upgrade to the existing church sees the introduction of a new floor, with the worship space located at first floor level and a Community Cafe at ground floor.

Location: Poole, Dorset
Key Aspects: Architecture, Finance, Surveys

Leeds Apartments

This site in east Leeds is partly occupied by a derelict public house with the remainder of the site cleared land. IDC have been instructed to design two small apartment blocks on the site together with the renovation and extension of the existing building.

This proposal centres on the professional support the client requires to secure planning approval for the whole site and it was considered beneficial to aesthetically link the converted pub building with the new apartment blocks. Two identical blocks of 7 apartments are illustrated, each incorporating a substantially sized penthouse apartment at 3rd floor level.

One of the key site constraints that had to be addressed was the appropriate positioning of the blocks to avoid a six metre sewer easement.

Location: Leeds
Key Aspects: Architecture, Planning, Finance

Empty Home Redevelopment

A scheme developed as part of IDC’s ‘Creative Living’ concept, the Empty Homes Redevelopment looks at adapting the UK’s existing unused housing stock, into new community living facilities.

The ‘back streets’ of many terraced rows are often residual spaces, that serve little use in terms of occupation. This particular concept looks at enhancing existing rows of terraced housing by incorporating a variety of prefabricated building elements as strategic additions, and converting the ‘back street’ into communal activity spaces.

The ‘Creative Living’ concept falls within a larger framework including ‘Creative Communities’ and ‘Creative Care Networks’ – a holistic approach to addressing the need for housing, by focusing on existing buildings and infrastructures.

Key Aspects: Architecture, Finance, Planning

Harehills Site Redevelopment

Following successful reconfiguration of the existing building IDC are involved in Phase 2 of this mixed use development in north Leeds.

The site is presently occupied by an MOT and vehicle servicing business that will relocate to an alternative part of he site. The plot of land that remains will be re-developed to provide three retail units at ground floor level and 11 residential apartments on the 3 upper floors.

Key to the success of this project is simplicity and efficient delivery and as such IDC has responded by deigning a simple traditionally constructed load-bearing masonry building with minimal but considered decoration.

The benefits to the local community are significant and the building has been designed to positively contribute to improvements in parking, access, employment and visual aesthetic.

Location: Leeds
Key Aspects: Architecture, Project Management

Church Site Development

This small master planning project sees the redevelopment of a Church Site within close proximity of the urban centre of Norwich. The principal aim of the project is to maximise the potential of the entire site by proposing a mix-use development, encompassing a range of community assets, residential plots and special care facilities.

The specific built elements of each option put forward included: church redevelopment and extensions, semi detached houses, affordable social housing, residential care home, doctors surgery, community sports facility and a strategic paved links across the site.

The process involved a significant amount of client and public engagement to understand the requirements of the local area. An urban analysis procedure was also undertaken to be able to position the various development options within a wider commercial and public aspect.

Location: Norwich
Key Aspects: Architecture, Master Planning, Planning, Finance