The Long Walk Home 2017

The walk was a great success and the hardest thing Luke has ever experienced. The Orange Hoody Crew met the target of raising £10,000 and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sponsored and supported the walk.

On Sunday 30th April 2017 Luke, his brother Adam and a team of 21 others from the “Orange Hoody Crew” are aiming to complete a gruelling 40 mile walk from Stoke on Trent to Sutton Coldfield.

Although he usually runs 10 to 20 miles a week Luke doesn’t remember the last time he walked further than 3 miles and is looking forward to really challenging himself. The 15 hour trek is going to push the whole team to great lengths and is sure to create a number of painful blisters!

The walk has been organised by Mark Tonks to help raise money for two fantastic charities The Buddy Bag Foundation and Footsteps Counselling.

If you would like to find out more about The Long Walk Home and the two charities Luke will be supporting or if you wish to sponsor Luke for taking part in this event please follow the below link.

The Long Walk Home Fund Raising Page

Thank you for your support.

Commercial Development at Mercia Marina

bi Design is delighted to announce the successful approval of the proposed Piazza building at Mercia Marina. Following the success of the award winning boardwalk building Madecorn Leisure instructed bi Design to rework the previous approved Piazza scheme to increase the floor area and the functionality of the Tower.

Working closely with the clients the approved Design utilises a steeper roof pitch which will be used to create additional office space. The design maintains many similar elements to the Boardwalk building with feature angled glazed gable ends, stonework, Timber cladding and the new four storey tower with angled cross roof.

Early discussions are underway for the building to be open in early 2018.

bi Design launches new West Midlands Office

Founded in 1998 bi Design has grown to become one of the most highly regarded architectural design practices in the East Midlands and winners of several high profile awards including the prestigious national LABC Award for Best Small Commercial Building.

bi Design is now expanding into the West Midlands by opening a new architectural practice in Sutton Coldfield town centre. The West Midlands office will be managed by Associate Director, Luke Gittens who has been an intrinsic member of the bi Design team for many years and is a fully chartered member of the Institute of Chartered Architectural Technologists.

bi Design works on both residential and commercial projects with their own in-house team of specialists including building designers, architectural technologists and architects.

They will now be offering their unique Property Transformation Service for residential projects and their Building Growth Service for commercial building projects to people and businesses in and around the Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield and the wider West Midlands area. These services have been created to save clients time and money by looking at the goals of the client from a holistic perspective. This includes the time period that the client may be in the property and designing architectural solutions that will meet the changing needs of the client.

Luke Gittens, Associate Director at bi Design said “We are very excited about bringing our creativity, knowledge and experience to new clients as we open our new West Midlands office in Sutton Coldfield. We are very professional but we are a down-to-earth and approachable team of people. Our new website perfectly demonstrates the breadth and depth of our architectural capabilities but also our friendly style. This is just one example of our commitment to being easy and straightforward to deal with. We love what we do and our clients love the results we achieve for them and I am looking forward to working with our new clients in the West Midlands.

bi Design launches new website

bi Design is pleased to announce the launch of their new website showcasing the wide range of architectural services they provide and a host of case studies and images from a selection of the 1,100 projects they have been involved in.

The website has been designed to be easy to use and has a friendly style, reflecting the way that bi Design operates.

Most clients only engage the services of an architectural practice once and a very useful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of the new bi Design website seeks to answer the most common queries and worries that clients have, explained in plain English.

Three Peaks Challenge

bi Design Director Smashes Fundraising Target and Completes The Three Peaks Challenge On Foot and Bicycle Local businessman Darryn Buttrill, owner and founding director of bi Design Architecture in Repton, has completed the Three Peaks the hard way during 5 days of extreme endurance and extreme weather over the Easter weekend. A target of £2,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society was smashed with over £4,500 raised with more donations still coming in.

bi Design is an award winning architectural practice based in Repton, Derbyshire. The practice owner and founding Director, Darryn Buttrill, was dismayed when a friend in his 30’s was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Together with four other friends Darryn decided to make a difference and made a commitment to raise money and raise awareness of this debilitating disease affecting around 100,000 people in the UK most of whom are diagnosed when they are between the ages of 20 and 40.

Over 5 days of the Easter Weekend the five friends set out to climb the three peaks and cycle between Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. The endeavour was tough enough but then Storm Katie arrived. Day 1 the friends climbed Ben Nevis. Setting out at 6am they encountered 40 to 60mph winds as their neared the top. It was raining hard, there was snow on the ground and the path was being repaired so they found themselves climbing over piles of rocks that had been airlifted to the mountain making the ascent even more difficult. They climbed to 800m and in the midst of a blizzard made the decision that it was too dangerous to continue to the summit. Disappointed but undeterred they pressed on and cycled through Glen Coe to half way down Loch Lomond.

Day 2 saw the friends cycle over 120 miles to Carlisle “My left knee was giving me some trouble which was very worrying as this was only the second day.” Said Darryn Buttrill, “But I taped it up and we cycled to Carlisle with a headwind against us gusting between 25 and 30mph which made it feel like riding up-hill the whole day, but at least it had stopped raining!”

On day 3 the friends made it to the summit of Scafell Pike in near hurricane conditions owing to Storm Katie and Darryn was literally blown over by the wind. “The conditions were truly horrendous. It was raining, there was snow at the top and from abut 600m onwards we were in cloud. We were picking our way up from kern to kern, we could hardly see. When we got to the very top we huddled together behind the summit kern to shelter from the wind, took a quick photo and made the decent as quickly as we could.” Said Darryn. The plan for the rest of the day was to cycle from Scafell to just outside Lancaster but owing to 50 to 60mph gusts on the road they decided it was too dangerous. Visibility was very poor and a cyclist could easily be blown into the path of a vehicle in those conditions.

Day 4 saw the friends cycle 86 miles to Rhuddlan Castle. There were strong headwinds all the way but it was not as wet as the previous days and the friends began the final day, Day 5, with a 41 mile cycle ride from Rhuddlan to Llanberis in the freezing cold and rain. They reached the snow laden summit of Snowdon mid-afternoon, when the cloud lifted and the sun came out as they made their way to the finish and the conclusion of their strenuous charity challenge. Upon reaching the car park they had a wonderful surprise. Their friend that had been diagnosed with MS was there to meet them with his family and a homemade banner made by his mum.

“I knew what we set out to do would be a physical and a mental challenge but we planned it that way because it had to be worthwhile doing. I found I got to a point when to keep going was a mental rather than physical test, and at times I did say to myself ‘if it takes all day and into the night, I am going to do this’. Being with friends was vital because when one of us was flagging the others would buoy you up and we were all determined to complete the challenge for our friend, for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and for all the people who had supported us and made donations.”

If you would like to donate please visit our Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/Dave-Hawkes2