What our Senior Architectural Technician can do for you…

Our Senior Architectural Technician and Denbigh Office Manager Osian Parry Jones describes life as an architect and how he brings value to projects across North Wales. I have been working for the company for 13 years now and worked my way up from a junior to a senior architectural technician. When I started in 2000 we worked on drawings boards and all plans were drawn on tracing paper – pencil lines first, then running over the lines in ink. It’s unbelievable really when you think how a simple click on the mouse these days gets rid of a line when in those days we used to take ages to scratch the tracing paper with a sharp blade to get rid of the ink lines! I’ve seen many changes in the industry, too, especially in the building regulations. I design new builds, conversions and extensions, along with completing planning and building regulation drawings and detailed specifications. As well as the drawing work I run the Denbigh Office which opened back in 2006. I work over in Denbigh up to 3 days a week where I visit new jobs and take care of the daily duties of running a small office. I think one skill I have is creativity when designing conversions. I enjoy the challenge of getting an existing building layout to work, whether it’s a barn, an old mill or a chapel. Getting these types of buildings to work as a home for a 21st century family brings many challenges and seeing it come together at the end is a great feeling. I never get tired of designing an...

New beginning for Little Chef: the dilapidated site to become cafe, farm shop and tourism hub

Matthew Jones Architects have assisted in obtaining planning permission for a new development on the A55 that will provide fresh jobs and could help revive a town as a tourist centre. The Little Chef near Puffin roundabout in Penmaenmawr closed in January 2007, and since then the former restaurant next to the westbound carriageway has been an eyesore with metal shutters over the windows. Now the site is to be redeveloped into a cafe, farm shop and tourism information centre with eight new jobs created. The £225,000 project is being masterminded by the owners of Glasfryn Parc near Pwllheli and they hope to have the site open by next spring. They have been backed with £75,000 from the Welsh Government’s Economic Growth Fund. Penmaenmawr councillor Ken Stevens is optimistic the project will bring a positive spin for the town. “I have spoken to the developer and he seems to have a lot of good ideas for the site, which has been an eyesore on the town’s doorstep for too long. “This is a holiday area, and the tourism information centre he plans will help highlight that. We’re also very grateful that there will be new jobs for local people,” he...

a new life for a potential ruin..

Matthew jones architects are pleased to have gained planning consent this week for an old historic cottage near Betws yn Rhos, that had been abandoned and left to dilapidate. Its new owner had approached us to investigate its redevelopment opportunities after its previous owners unsuccessful tries at getting planning for its rebuilding on policy grounds. Matt jones said ” I saw the potential of this delightful little cottage straight away and was rather perplexed as to why it had been refused planning in the past. After carrying out some detective work and getting the right professionals on board, we put a robust case together for its conversion in to a holiday let and was really pleased to gain the planning for our client” Our client added “the execution of all relevant duties on my project were carried out with great professionalism and with speed. I would certainly use MJA again and recommend them to...

A new life for Rhos pump house?

Matthew Jones architects are pleased to be helping  prepare feasibility design concepts for a Heritage Lottery Funding bid to purchase and convert the iconic local listed landmark building into an exciting venue for TAPE. ABOUT TAPE TAPE is an exciting community arts charity providing wide ranging creative opportunities for all  based in its own state-of-the-art community arts centre in Old Colwyn, North Wales which comprises extensive performance and workshop spaces, digital cinema, professional recording studio and digital film editing facilities. The centre is home to numerous on-going projects including afterschool clubs for children with disabilities, a youth club for young people with communication difficulties, film and music projects, community singing groups, cinema clubs for new parents, children on the Autism spectrum and for adults from across the community. TAPE has regularly been approached to provide rehearsal facilities for local bands and musicians; a service they have been unable to offer to date. There is no significant hub for the music scene along the North Wales coast, with the practice and development needs of local musicians being met by a very small number of basic facilities. TAPE wants to become a self-sustaining organisation and as such is developing a number of commercial opportunities, which will fund the community projects and workshops for which TAPE has become well known. With all this in mind, the development of The Pump House has become a key focus for TAPE and the long-term sustainability of its core aims. The Pump House The intention is to create a landmark facility, which will be more than just suite of rehearsal rooms. The aim is for The Pump House to be converted to incorporate...

Matthew Jones Architects unveil exciting plans for derelict eyesore.

Full planning application lodged a Student accommodation scheme for the former derelict nightclub Scotts on Brook Street, Wrexham. The planning application for the redevelopment of 33-35 and 49 Brook Street in Wrexham involves the demolition of the former Scotts nightclub building which is now redundant and become a derelict eyesore. The proposals show a new modern student accommodation scheme, comprising two blocks of 3 storey student accommodation providing a total of 21 cluster type flats giving a total of 107 bed spaces. There is some with retail fronting Brook Street and carpark underneath. This scheme has developed as a result of many meetings and consultations with the planners, client and design team to ensure the scheme presented meets the local authority policies, expectations of general scale, theme and approach for such a redevelopment of a building of this use in this area. The Local authority planners have stressed the requirement of a flagship scheme of high quality which should set the benchmark and be a catalyst for the area. We have embraced this ethos and delivered a design that is appropriate its scale whilst adopting for a bold architectural statement that is contemporary, robust, and progressive to reflect the nature of the young, dynamic transitory nature of the occupants that will use this building. The proposed development creates the opportunity to stitch back together this peripheral locality of Wrexham town centre with a robust and strong piece of urban design. The proposals are a modern, robust and responsive solution to reintegrate the site back into the urban form of the locality, reflecting the scale and character of the area...