Burton RFC New Clubhouse

Burton Rugby Football Club’s New Clubhouse

Founded in 1870, Burton Rugby Football Club is one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world. The team, known as “Crofters”, moved from their long-term home at Peel Croft, Burton on Trent to their new facility called Battlestead Croft on Branston Road, Tatenhill, which is designed by bi Design Architecture.

Working in partnership with Burton Rugby Football Club to deliver their bespoke new home, bi Design created a striking and contemporary clubhouse, comprising of a grandstand, function room, bar and changing rooms.

Reflecting the strong history of the club, it was important to include elements that reflected the branding, history and prestige of the club. Including design features such as the club’s red and blue corporate colours and crest on the outside blockwork. ‘1870’ – their date of incorporation stands proud at the front of the building.

Working to guidelines outlined by the RFC, the team at bi Design were keen to enhance the steel portal frame, creating an eye-catching asymmetrical design which is an interesting and prominent alternative to a more traditional square-shaped building. Thoughtful features like the tunnel lining up with the centre line of the pitch, create a point of interest on match day.

The involvement and collaboration from committee members was a key part of the successful delivery of the project. To bring the design to life, using bi Design’s virtual reality tool, committee members were able to walk through the design of the building, removing any uncertainties and unknowns.

No doubt many more successful years await the team, committee and fans in their new home at Battlestead Croft.

Front Perspective
Pitchside Perspective

A virtual reality walk through of the club house can be found on the below link

If you would like to discuss a similar project or have had trouble gaining planning permission please contact us.

Green Acres Appeal Success

Green Acres Planning Appeal Success

bi Design are delighted to report the successful approval on appeal of a large extension and remodelling project at Green Acres, The Green, Kirk Langley within Amber Valley Borough Council.

The application was for a large extension and remodelling of a dated 1970’s property located within a well screened plot.

bi Design will always look to work with the local authority, to gain successful planning approvals without the need for appeals which, can take months and add costs to a project.

In this case the local authorities stance on the application went far and beyond a point where a compromise scheme could be agreed. It was decided the only way to gain a successful outcome to meet the clients brief was to appeal.

The appeal inspectors report was very complimentary, completely validating bi designs approach to the design, and fall back argument for the size and type of development. He also went as far as saying as the councils H5 policy was out of date!

The appeal inspector wrote

The overall impression would be of a well proportioned dwelling with an attractive external appearance in a mature garden on the fringe of the village. Whilst the changes would be substantial they would not cause harm to the character and appearance of the area on account of well designed nature of the proposals and due to the fact that the existing property would be developed is lacking in any particular design merit. consequently i find that the proposal would comply with the aims of paragraph 127 and 170 of the framework and would amount to good design.

If you would like to discuss a similar project or have had trouble gaining planning permission please contact us.

Approved Front perspective

Existing Frontage

Approved Rear Perspective

Existing Rear

Coronavirus Update

Over the last 18 months, like many businesses, we’ve adapted to a new way of working to ensure our customers and employees remain safe at all times.

Our teams are still operating at full capacity, from remote locations or at our offices in Repton and Sutton Coldfield.

For our customers, we are happy to offer an initial consultation via phone, email or Teams/Zoom or on-site with COVID secure measures in place.

If you would like to discuss any matters with a member of the team please contact us.

Bespoke House Approval near Henley-in-Arden

Bespoke House Approval near Henley-in-Arden

bi Design are pleased to report the successful approval of a large bespoke house outside of the development boundary on land off Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen near Henley-in-Arden within Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

The application was for a large bespoke traditional house with contemporary oak elements.

The rear of the house features large angled oak gables incorporating large areas of glazing to open up the property to the large garden and countryside beyond.

Details of the application can be found on Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s website planning ref. 19/02118/FUL

The approved house has a gross internal floor area over two floors of 349m2 which includes the garage with bedroom over.

bi Design worked alongside the clients and district council to ensure the successful outcome.

If you would like to discuss a similar project please contact us.

Rear Perspective

Aerial View

Class Q Planning Approval

Class Q Planning Approval

bi Design are pleased to announce the successful planning approval of two class Q barn conversions.
Class Q conversions have opened up new avenues for the conversion of agricultural barns simplifying the process for clients and reducing the number of reports to gain a valuable approval.
Every local authority views the applications in different ways and the appointment of an experienced Architect or Architectural designer helps to ensure a positive outcome.
If you would like to discuss the conversion of an agricultural barn please get in contact.

Below are two examples of recent approvals.

The Granary Barn is a traditional red brick and tile barn with steep pitched roofs. The proposed conversion keeps all the character of the barn whilst providing contemporary 21st century living.

Existing Barn

Proposed Conversion

Lodge Hill Farm is a modern agricultural barn constructed from red brick with an asbestos sheet cladding roof. The style of barn allows for a more contemporary exterior with timber cladding and zinc roof cladding. Internally the accommodation is spread over 1 floor with large open plan spaces.

Existing Barn

Proposed Conversion

 

6000 sq ft Replacement Dwelling Approval

Approval for large replacement dwelling

bi Design are pleased to report the successful approval of a large bespoke property at Yoxall Lodge, Newchurch.

The application was for a large traditional property to replace an existing dormer bungalow. Details of the application can be found at Yoxall Lodge Planning Link

The existing site had a dormer bungalow with a footprint of 174 m2. The site is located outside of a development boundary and was therefore protected by much stricter planning policy. The approved new dwelling footprint represents a 166% increase on the existing. The proposed house and garage have a combined floor area of 6000 sq ft / 557 m2

Further details of the project can be seen at Yoxall Lodge

If you would like to discuss a similar project please contact us.

Oak Frame Perspective

Concept Videos

Concept Videos

We are very pleased to announce that we now have the in-house capability, to show our clients videos internally and externally of their proposed property. On the success of offering virtual reality walkthroughs we can now produce videos which can be shared amongst friends family and colleagues.

At bi Design we are always looking at ways we can add value to both the project and the service we provide and this is another great reason to work with us on your project. We are constantly learning about the latest and best software packages, and keeping up to date with current best practice, all with the intention of providing our clients with the best service.

This is an example of our work for a one off bespoke new house, our client loved being able to see what both the inside and outside spaces would be like, and how the furniture could be integrated.

The below is an external model of a bespoke new dwelling

New Farm House Approval in Open Countryside

New Farm House Approval in Open Countryside

bi Design are pleased to report the successful approval of a large new farm house in open countryside on land off Scotch Hills, Newchurch within East Staffordshire Borough Council.

The application looked to gain approval for a large Georgian style farm house. Details of the application can be found at P/2019/00552

The brand new farm had no previous residential accommodation and was approved as the main living accommodation for the farm.

The approved house has a gross internal floor area over two floors of 325m2 which includes the farms welfare facilities and site office.

An additional 44m2 detached garage was also approved.

bi Design worked alongside planning consultant JMI Planning to ensure the successful outcome.

If you would like to discuss a similar project please contact us.

Front Elevation

Side Elevation

New Farm Buildings

Site Plan

Large Replacement Dwelling Approval

Approval for large replacement dwelling

bi Design are pleased to report the successful approval of a large bespoke property at Tower Farm, Swarkestone within South Derbsyhire District Council.

The application looked to gain approval for a large contemporary property to replace an existing bungalow. Details of the application can be found at 9/2019/0358

The existing site had an existing small bungalow with a footprint of 41m2 along with various outbuildings. The site is located outside of a development boundary and was therefore under much stricter policy. The approved new dwelling footprint represents a 500% increase on the existing plus the new garage.

If you would like to discuss a similar project please contact us.

 

Perspective View

 

Perspective View