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...