This is a modest building but in a prominent location, forming part of the setting for Castle Rushen and the Baillie Scott Castletown Police Station on Castletown harbourside. The project sees a redundant Registered Building brought back into reuse to be tenanted as a coffee shop and brings significant improvements to the public realm.
The building has been altered internally and extended so that customers will be able to enjoy a coffee while overlooking the harbour.
As with the landscaping scheme at Rushen Abbey, the materials and forms for the seats and planters are robust and simple, blocks of concrete and corten steel. The limestone paving matches that used in the recent improvements to Castletown Square.
Planning and Registered Building applications approved; the main contract building works and landscaping improvements were completed in 2016 and the building has been handed over for tenant fit-out.
This project encompassed two elements: a renewal of the glazing to the control tower staircase and the construction of a lobby either side of the tower and to the rear of the TT Grandstand.
The lobbies are each formed by a new brick wall facing the rear with a flat roof and glazed screen enclosing the space behind. The brickwork is a Flemish bond with the headers set to protrude from the face. The brick generally matches the existing engineering brickwork but the headers are in a softer, darker, more tactile, material. In this way, the new parts of the building are made visible.
A new ramp, carefully detailed in matching brick, goes some way towards making the building more accessible.
A scheme to improve the link between a new carpark layout and the entrance to the site. The proposal clears a path and orientates the visitor to the remains of the Abbey, cutting across with a simple set of forms and materials, a line of fruit trees and a setting for a new external section of the Abbey exhibit drawn between the Abbey and the lost tea rooms and dance hall.
We have undertaken a preliminary study for the conversion of this stunning barn in a village 55miles south west of Prague in the Czech Republic. Accommodation will include a small guest apartment, a greenhouse, a workshop and space for a table tennis table.
Study completed 2015
ThornBank is a registered building designed by the arts + crafts architect M. H. Baillie Scott; the end house of Falcon Cliff Terrace, built in 1897.
This first phase of the works has addressed essential repairs to roof, dormer and attic windows, rainwater goods and some external works. A second phase has carried out repairs to a number of the windows.
Due to the historic nature and significance of the building, the repairs were carried out with a minimum loss and impact on materials.
A new-build house on the site of a dilapidated Manx cottage. The site works on two levels, the road behind and the wooded garden level below. Although the site is extensive, the appropriate response is a dwelling of modest proportion.
The plan is simple: a single-living-space at the upper level with a bonus mezzanine over 3 bedrooms at the lower garden level. The intention is to develop the simple aesthetic of the Manx cottage with clear and simple modern spaces and detailing.
Planning Application Approved • Building Regulations Plans Approved
Construction due to complete August 2017
braeside + leafield
Braeside + Leafield are a pair of semi-detached houses designed by the renowned arts + crafts architect M. H. Baillie Scott, built speculatively by the Douglas Bay Estate Co. Both are on the register of protected buildings.
The scheme proposesd to combine the houses into a single larger dwelling, adding a garden extension containing a swimming pool to the rear and a replacement garage to the front of the property.
A project in the Laxey conservation area to rationalise and extend the existing property for a young family.
The scheme retains the existing 2 storey section of the house, demolishing a single-storey section, rebuilding as 2 storeys.
The new family space is open and flexible and develops connections to the garden and the wooded slope behind.
An 'ideas' scheme incorporating some simple strategic moves to reduce energy use and to provide an excellent working environment for a speculative office building: high thermal mass; natural ventilation; night cooling; maximising daylighting levels in a package that would significantly raise design standards for this sector in the Isle of Man.
Feasibility study • 2012
cabinet of curiosities
The idea that a Museum collection would be introduced through a Cabinet of Curiosities is one to light the fires of imagination, for the designer and, more importantly, for the Visitor. In this age of dependance on virtual interaction, that the visitor will be greeted by such a density of objects will be refreshing and exciting.
The space proposed for this unbuilt project is modest and this suggested an opportunity to immerse the visitor in the collection. Rather than a single cabinet placed in the space, the visitor would enter the cabinet, filling the entire room, clearly rooted in the tradition of the 'Wunderkammer'.
The height of the space would accommodate a new upper floor and a staircase of display boxes. This division, reducing the scale of the space, would bring the visitor into close contact with the objects held in the cabinet.
The view from the Museum shop is of a set of boxes arranged to form a map of the museum. Each would hold an object or information related to the display of that gallery, thereby embedding the museum within the cabinet.
Two openings at the upper level would be made to allow the Giant Deer to be viewed from above, claiming the Deer as a part of the Cabinet's contents.
new terraced houses
A speculative scheme for two blocks of terraced houses. These houses front onto a main road with garages and car parking to the rear, this is good quality developer housing, open plan with good outside spaces offering something distinct in the local housing market.
A phased development to update the existing public toilet facilities in the Sea Terminal Building in Douglas. Clear simple robust modern design.
A proposed refurbishment and upgrade for a Douglas terraced house which would see the ground floor dividing walls removed, rear windows extended into doors to improve access and connections to the outside space to the rear and a plywood lining including storage shelves, cupboards, a fold away desk, kitchen appliances and storage and a new staircase.
Reorienting the staircase would allow a fixed stair access to the loft above which could, in turn, accommodate a new home-office.
Unbuilt project 2015
existing ground floor
proposed ground floor
An addition to the refurbishment of this small farmhouse: a daylit link piece to an existing brick out-building. This has a lot to do to meet the change in levels across the site and forms the south west facing side of a courtyard. There are spaces of a number of scales here: the main living space, high ceiling + light, down a fireplace snug between a new garden wall and the gable of the house - a modern inverted inglenook.
Feasibility study completed.
A large residential plot between Ballasalla and Castletown, this application proposes the demolition of the house and outbuildings and redevelopment as a modest residential scheme.
The outline application is illustrated with a range of types of dwellings, demonstrating how planning policy could be met in each case. A naturally well screened site, the proposal incorporates a signifiant amount of open space. Although the site has a long established residential use it remained un-zoned in the Southern Area Plan.
The application for outline planning approval was granted at appeal.
A small unbuilt project for a replacement marshals' shelter for the TT races. The form was informed by the shelter's relation to the landscape. The black fibre cement cladding a reference to other rural buildings with a pinch of TT heritage. An in situ concrete base forms a seat and pops up to make an enclosure to store a generator and a portaloo.