Aber Falls Visitor Centre plans unveiled

Aber Falls Visitor Centre plans unveiled

Matthew Jones Architects are excited to unveil plans for the new Aber Falls Visitor Centre, near the small village of Abergwyngregyn, just out Llanfairfechan in North Wales. The building will compliment the brand new Aber Falls Gin and Whiskey Distillery that has recently started operating in the adjacent Depot building. The visitor centre will compliment this new production facility and give visitors an insight into the distilling process. The Visitor centre will be an exciting, modern, zinc clad building that will offer its visitors an interactive experience that will include an exhibition space explaining the distilling process, an audio-visual experience, a small workshop distillery where you can distil your own Gin, and even give it your own label! There will also be opportunities for corporate events as well as a cafe to enjoy refreshments in this unique setting with Snowdonia as your backdrop. Matt Jones, director of Matthew Jones Architects said: “As local architects, we were really pleased to be commissioned by Aber Falls to work on this exciting project, which gave us a great opportunity to showcase our client’s latest brands. We wanted to create a building that will be a visually exciting and stimulating experience for its visitors, as well as placing emphasis on being accessible and environmentally responsive. He continued… “its dynamic form and pallet of materials really gives the building a durable, physical presence whilst being discrete within its stunning setting. Internally, the distillery, audio visual centre, exhibit space and cafe will create an interactive and memorable experience for its visitors.” A full planning application has been submitted to Gwynedd council on behalf of Aber...
A new chapter for former local library building

A new chapter for former local library building

Matthew Jones Architects have recently unveiled exciting plans for the former library building in Llandudno Junction, which was sold recently to a local business couple in auction. Steve and Cheryl Winmill, who run a renewable business, have submitted plans to convert the redundant building in to a coffee shop. The building, which closed a few years ago, has started to fall in to a state of disrepair and serving no community benefit whatsoever. These new plans will offer the local and wider community a hub to enjoy beverages and light snacks in a modern, up to date environment. The building, built in the 1960’s, will undergo a full and comprehensive refurbishment to modernise it and bring it up to today’s building regulations standards. It will have full disabled access, WiFi, and crèche area and an external sitting area. The plans which have just been submitted to Conwy planning department will be considered over the next weeks. Matthew Jones, Director of MJA comments “this is an exciting opportunity to bring this local building back to life as it offers no visual benefit in its current state of disrepair. Our clients should be commended for investing back in to the community and giving this a building a new sustainable use for the foreseeable...
Plans to redevelop former Bangor Post Office on Deniol Road

Plans to redevelop former Bangor Post Office on Deniol Road

Matthew Jones Architects have recently been commissioned as architects for the redevelopment of the former Bangor Post Office. The listed building which houses the Embassy nightclub on Deiniol Road, Bangor, closed last year and the building currently lies empty. The grade two listed structure originally operated as a post office but plans have now been submitted to convert the building into a mixed use building to include 29 student flats on the upper floors and a cafe/restaurant on the ground floor.  Plans for the city centre site have been drawn up and submitted for planning. Matt Jones, Director from Matthew Jones Architects said: “a building of this age and type without a ‘sustainable beneficial use’ would quickly deteriorate and be under threat” If the plans are given the go-ahead, the single-storey buildings at the back of the building will be demolished to make way for a new five-storey contemporary building providing further 151 student flats, set around a private courtyard, creating a total of 180 flats. Mr Jones said: “Our exciting proposals for the redevelopment of the old post office will introduce an appropriate beneficial use which will ensure its survival for the foreseeable future. “Our proposals will fully renovate this important listed building ensuring its continued positive impact within Bangor. “The proposal is a well thought out scheme that integrates a new build suitable building alongside the listed building, that has been sensitively designed for the site and its context. “The proposals will provide much needed sustainable use in the form of high quality student accommodation in a suitable and sustainable location adjacent the university campus in commercial area of the city...
Do you know your responsibilities for managing Health and Safety on your project?

Do you know your responsibilities for managing Health and Safety on your project?

Most people and organisations who contract builders or architects are not experts when it comes to construction regulations. Yet recent changes to the law place legal demands on you in relation to health and safety requirements. The revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations came into force on 6 April 2015.The key changes you as the client to be aware of are: A construction phase plan will be required for all projects. If there is more than one contractor on site, the client MUST appoint a principal contractor and/or principal designer, as well as keep a health and safety file. Construction phase co-ordination duties will remain with the Principal Contractor, but responsibility for the planning, managing, monitoring and coordination of pre-construction phase health and safety, will now go to a Principal Designer instead of a CDM Coordinator. The client must notify the HSE (F10 notification) if a project runs for 30 days or more, AND has more than 20 persons on site, OR exceeds 500 person days. For a quick overview of what these changes will mean for you and your project, take a look at this simple infographic or a short video from the CITB. We fully understand the new regulations and the responsibilities on all those involved in a project. If you need guidance on appointing a principal designer to manage pre-construction phase health and safety of your project, give us a call today. A downloadable guide to the CDM regulations can be found on the Health and Safety Executive...
Are you ready for new fire safety laws in Wales?

Are you ready for new fire safety laws in Wales?

All new and converted residential dwellings in Wales must be fitted with an approved automatic fire suppression system, under new laws coming into effect soon. But what does this mean for you? The Welsh Government implemented the Domestic Fire Safety Regulations 2013 with a two phase approach. The first stage required the installation of fire sprinklers. It came into effect in Wales in April 2014 and applied to care homes, halls of residence, children’s homes and some hostels. The second stage of this legislation is due to come into effect on 1 January 2016, when ALL new and converted residential dwellings must be fitted with an approved automatic fire suppression system. There are Transitional Provisions in place which help those with schemes or projects which are still in the planning phase, and have not yet reached construction phase. Installing an automatic fire suppression system can actually be an advantage if you are considering certain design features such as open plan and off-book designs, and can act as a compensatory feature. We can advise you on how installing automatic sprinklers can be beneficial to your project, and how they must be installed to meet legislative requirements. If you are unsure about how this legislation will affect your project, feel free to give us a call for more information, or you can visit the Welsh Government...

Social Housing breathes new life into Victorian building

Concerned about meeting all the necessary regulations and legislative requirements on a social housing project? Matthew Jones Architects can help. Acting as the Employer’s Agent for a local housing association project, we are helping transform a large Victorian building in the heart of Colwyn Bay’s conservation area from a redundant council office space into much needed, sustainable residential accommodation As the Employer’s Agent, Matthew Jones Architects assisted with the project management. We were consulted to assess the building and design of a suitable layout that ensures that the project meets the Development Quality Requirements. This is a set of standards that Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations) must adhere to. The regulations cover aspects such as accessibility considerations, space standards, security and energy efficiency, ensuring that the finished project will provide comfortable, secure and sustainable social housing. Mike Rutter, Mechanical & Electrical Contract Manager of Cartrefi Conwy said: “When you start pulling apart old buildings, you just never know what issues you are going to be faced with. “After we removed a large porch at the front of the building, we found the original Victorian brickwork was in a terrible mess. MJA quickly put us in touch with a company who can manufacture bricks to match the originals. “Their knowledge and input on this project has been invaluable, right from getting planning permission to providing suggestions on the overall design which we’d not considered. “Using an architect takes the pressure off the client, and makes the entire process run so much smoother.” MJA has a wealth of experience working on social housing projects in the local area and beyond. We understand...