The competition is fierce! Designate Design are engaged in a competion to win the contract to design a pair of houses in Portslade near Brighton, for a local client. There are five local architects in the running! Its a challenging site with restrictions.
Ivan McFie is the director of Designate Design. He has many years experience working in traditional architectural practices of all kinds. These include ‘Barrier Free Building Design’ a specialist residential practice for people with disabilities, MEDA/lloyd Northover, a retail architectural consultancy, at which he spent 5 years
Designate Design Ltd was established in 2012. Works include residential extensions, new build housing, interiors and school buildings. Designate Design have made planning applications, building control applications, and build projects
Designate Design were contacted by Tracey Saunders interiors to work on a £2M apartment in Hans Place, behind Harrods, for a Russian client. The brief included a full interior design service.
We completed an initial survey of the apartment. The brief included a luxury specification; glitter balls in the sitting room, inlaid gold tiling in the bathroom; built in wardrobes, full refurbishment throughout.
It is really a very special apartment for a discerning client. It is an exceptional place to live, having been finished to an exteremely high standard. It has also added value to the flat far in excess of the cost of the refurbishment.
n Summer 2012 Designate design were approached about a project for a pair of houses on land running through an avenue of trees in Portslade, Brighton. The avenue was an old drive for a manor house which had subsequebntly been demolished, and a block of flats stood in its place.
Its a challenging site, with restrictions because of schools to either side, and the need to be sensitive to nature, including an old badger sett. We responded with a proposal that took into account the needs of the neighbourhood, and which achieves a high level of sustainibility.
Designate Design worked with the carpenter, who installed a shelf for the WC to hang from, providing working drawings. After the floor tiling was laid, porcelain was fitted, followed by wall tiling
This project was for a bathroom refurbishment on a budget; A full survey was carried out, followed by a search for materials, tiles, porcelain and fittings. When these had been agreed, work started
Radiators, mirrors and shower screens followed. The interior has the potential to be beautiful when finished, as well as being a much more efficient as a space than the old bathroom
Mark Dudek Associates, a schools architecture consultancy, at which he worked on several projects; Bissett Adams, a retail consultancy, where he commuted to Prague weekly as the senior architectural consultant, as well as numerous projects with interior designers, ncluding Meltons Interiors, Tracey Saunders INteriors, and Source Interiors.
There is a 30 degree monopitched roof for exposure to sun for photovoltaics. The entrance elevation is a completely glass facade. There is flint knapping as a detail, a traditional Brightonian material. The ‘app was submitted in Jan ’13, and in principle permission has been given.
Dsignate Design were approached about an extension to the Loxdale Centre, a business School which also doubled as a Swedish government funded language school. There was an existing Victorian building with two extensions built at different times in th elast 30 years.
The extension was to cover an area between the three buildings, a piece of land on two levels. The final proposal came in under the clients budget, it has glass facing towards the South, a leisure are, video game area and a kitchen, the structure is of wood.
We retained a high level walkway for fire regulations, making an exciting building. Concept design is complete with a reduced area, for budgetary reasons. The design encompasses the clients brief, with a style and panache that is usual for Designate Design!
In 2010 a private client approached Designate Design about an extension in a walled courtyard built outwards from the ground floor of a converted Victorian building. During the concept stage the client confirmed that she wanted a glass roof. In conversations with the planning dept. they required a non transparent roof.
Designate Design submitted a proposal to the planning dept with a glass roof, along with an analysis from a lighting supplier which proving there would be less light pollution in the courtyard with the proposed glass roof. A further complication came from an attempt by the freeholders of the adjoining building.
They required a large amount of money to use the party wall, for which there was no budget. We helped the client circumvent this through negotiation. After we got planning approval, which included the glas roof, building control drawings were also successfully submitted. The extension is now built and is beautiful.