River Catcher – Luxury Holiday Cottages on the banks of the River Dee

River Catcher – Luxury Holiday Cottages on the banks of the River Dee

Matthew Jones Architects has breathed new life into a group of redundant farm outbuildings, transforming them into a selection of luxury holiday cottages. We have created five desirable holiday retreats as well as useful shared spaces giving visitors all they need to enjoy time away in the beautiful riverside setting. This project has been incredibly satisfying to work on.  In a spectacular location on the banks of the River Dee, we led the sympathetic renovation of a collection of disused outbuildings to create new holiday accommodation. We used traditional materials, brickwork and timber, blending old and new in a way that highlights the rich history of the buildings whilst complying with modern building regulations. A unique aspect of this project was the varied size of each unit. The owner wanted to create comfortable, yet functional spaces that allow the accommodation to be flexible, designed to cater for both individual bookings or large groups and families who can utilise the shared spaces and enjoy the beautiful setting. Projects such as Rivercatcher are particularly exciting because they transform disused agricultural buildings and make them functional in a contemporary way. We have worked on a number of projects that convert historic buildings into modern spaces which allow people to experience and enjoy the beauty, rich heritage and countryside lifestyle that these beautiful farm settings offer. If you are thinking of undertaking a similar project and would like advice, contact MJA...
ICF forms sustainable building blocks for GM Jones Ltd new head office

ICF forms sustainable building blocks for GM Jones Ltd new head office

GM Jones Ltd and Matthew Jones Architects have used Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) technology to build a new office HQ in Llanrwst. GM Jones Ltd wanted to highlight the many benefits of using this sustainable and dynamic construction technology, as a high performance building system. The design uses Integraspec  ICF. It consists of strong yet lightweight, interlocking, flame-retardant polystyrene forms, which are filled with ready mixed concrete. This technology enables creative design features such as curved walls and freeform shapes to be achieved much more easily than with other construction methods, and the super-insulated solid concrete walls can be clad in range of finishes, including stone, brick and rendering. ICF’s dramatic reduction in build time and cost, alongside both energy saving and safety advantages, is making the construction method more popular in the UK for a wide range of developments. Government and industry bodies encourage the use of sustainable methods of construction. ICF buildings offer superior energy performance, and the fact that the concrete will be delivered in exact quantities, means very low wastage as well as a clean, safe building site, reducing on site risks and wider environmental impact. Matthew Jones said: “For the developer, the biggest advantage of using ICF is the speed of construction that it allows, which means reduced labour costs. “Another advantage is that an ICF structure can be built in most weather conditions, so projects are much less likely to be held up by spells of adverse weather. “These unique benefits mean that considerable cost savings can be achieved in comparison to traditional brick, block and timber frame structures.” ICF reduces the long...
Need planning permission? Call an architect!

Need planning permission? Call an architect!

Did you know that as qualified architects we can support your change of use planning application in the same way as a planning consultant? With expertise in the local planning system, MJA recently submitted a successful change of use application for a local business wishing to expand. Forte’s acquired a prime location retail unit in Mostyn Street, Llandudno, and needed change of use from A1 (retail) to A1/A3 (retail and food) so they could open a new ice cream parlour and coffee shop. Being in a conservation area meant specific planning considerations came into play. We ensured all plans and usage proposals met the local authority regulations, so the whole process ran smoothly and allowed Forte’s to start trading as quickly as possible. Use a Chartered Architect to benefit from a compelling argument in support of your development plans. Architects’ knowledge of both local and national planning policy, as well as their understanding of the specific conservation area regulations in the locality, means your application is more likely to be successful. If you are considering submitting a change of use application, or have a property which is located in a conservation area which you’d like to develop, contact us for advice...