Two new homes in Langport are nearing completion. Designed by Duncan Pyle, these contemporary dwellings are situated on the edge of this popular town.
The three-storey steel frame for these newbuilds was fabricated and cut to the correct length offsite. The steels were assembled and welded/bolted on site to build the final structure. Steel frame construction is considered a suitable option for constructing taller buildings due to its strength, low weight, speed of construction, and large-span construction capability.
The modern design makes the most of the location, with large windows and balconies. The buildings’ large windows frame stunning views over the Somerset Levels and ensure that each floor is flooded with daylight. Surrounded by green open space, these modern homes are light and airy. The large private balconies make the most of the location, which offers far-reaching views over the River Parrett. These two newbuilds are situated in a tucked-away position yet close to all local amenities and only a short walk from Langport’s bustling high street.
The O2i Design team have just secured Planning and Listed Building Consent for a truly historic farm.
The project is based within the curtilage of a 15th Century Manor Farmhouse and a Grade I listed building. Dendrochronology* experts have dated timbers on-site between 1238 and 1411, making this one of the oldest buildings we have ever worked on.
Our client commissioned the O2i Design team to help create a new home in an existing and dilapidated barn. You can imagine our excitement, which means that the next generation of farmers has somewhere to live on site.
*Dendrochronology dates archaeological artefacts using the distinctive patterns of annual growth rings in timber.
Architectural salvage is big business today, and it is no surprise. Reclamation yards are the go-to places for unique finds. We often specify reclaimed items for Heritage and Conservation projects. The right materials or products will make all the difference to your project’s look, feel and integrity.
There are several immensely helpful yards not far from Langport. There is nowhere better than an architectural (or marine) salvage yard for all those hard-to-find building materials and statement pieces! Salvage or reclamation yards buy and sell architectural parts and materials recovered from demolished or disused buildings. Why would you buy a mass-produced item when you could buy a handmade period piece for the same price? Whether you are looking for reclaimed bricks or a vintage library ladder, look no further than your local reclamation yard.
Of course, finding that specialist item will take time and money but speak to these enthusiastic experts. These specialists source particular items for buyers all the time. It may take a while to locate the right article, but, in our experience, they will usually know someone who can and sometimes, you have to be patient! These yards are well organised. The owner will know exactly where to find that particular “thing” you are looking for among the vintage signs, reclaimed timbers, bricks and flagstones. They know their stock better than anyone.
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O2i Design Ltd represent the South West in the National LABC Building Excellence Awards 2017. The National finals of LABC – Local Authority Building Control awards occur in London on Friday, 11th November 2017.
These awards recognise exceptional buildings from a technical and construction point of view. The Awards look at the technical challenges that the construction and design teams face, and the awards celebrate collaborative work to overcome these issues.
The O2i Design team were unable to attend but very proud that this exciting project represented the South West.
Being the South West Regional Winner for the Best Public Service Building was a tremendous honour. You can read more about this interesting project here.
The commercial refurbishment of Bath & West Rural Enterprise Centre is highlighted in the press today. The Bath & West Society revealed its plans to develop a new Rural Enterprise Centre and you can read all about it here.
This work is part of a phased overhaul of the Showground. It includes converting the old society offices into a state-of-the-art Rural Enterprise Centre. This investment is taking place as the Showground looks to attract a range of new clients.
Available from early 2018, the Bath & West Rural Enterprise Centre will provide a conference and seminar area for up to 80 people, a modern industrial test kitchen, several meeting rooms and business office space for agri-food or rurally focused companies. The Centre will be an important facility in encouraging the growth of agricultural businesses and food and drink companies.