Project list


Extra Care Housing, Poundbury

Posted on June 2nd, in Residential, Urbanism

This sixty-four apartment extra care building sits on the edge of the Great Field in Poundbury, Dorset. The building is for Yarlington Housing Group and was designed in collaboration with their architect, Noma of Bristol. The building is now on site. The picture above shows the piazza facade under construction in June 2017.



Whiteley Village: New Almshouses

Posted on January 3rd, in Community, Historic, Residential

Sixty-two new almshouses arranged over one and two storeys around a woodland axis on the eastern side of Octagon Road, Whiteley Village.

The buildings are marked in purple on the plan.

Selected as architect for the extension of Whiteley Village in Surrey, we are working with Levitt Bernstein Architects to develop a master plan and proposals for new almshouses, a care home, care hub and the conversion of historic buildings at this self-contained village for elderly people. The original village consists of over one hundred listed buildings designed in the Arts & Crafts style. All three schemes were submitted for planning consent in October 2016. Our client is Whiteley Village Trust.



Whiteley Village: New Extra Care Apartments

Posted on January 3rd, in Community, Residential

 

40 new extra care apartments and a communal building for meals and activities. Each three-storey residential building contains 20 apartments.  Materials: clay plain tiles to walls and roof; lime render. All apartments have at least two bedrooms and are between 80 and 120 sqm.

The buildings are marked in orange on the plan.

Selected as architect for the extension of Whiteley Village in Surrey, we are working with Levitt Bernstein Architects to develop a master plan and proposals for new almshouses, a care home, care hub and the conversion of historic buildings at this self-contained village for elderly people. The original village consists of over one hundred listed buildings designed in the Arts & Crafts style. All three schemes were submitted for planning consent in October 2016. Our client is Whiteley Village Trust.



Whiteley Village: New Care Hub

Posted on January 3rd, in Community, Historic, Residential, Workspace

The new Care Hub building at Whiteley Village will contain residential care suites, consulting rooms, offices, and a café for use by all the residents of the village. The building is arranged around a garden courtyard. The care suites have bay windows with views over the adjacent Village playing fields. Planning consent was granted in May 2017.

The building is marked in blue on the plan.

Selected as architect for the extension of Whiteley Village in Surrey, we are working with Levitt Bernstein Architects to develop a master plan and proposals for new almshouses, a care home, care hub and the conversion of historic buildings at this self-contained village for elderly people. The original village consists of over one hundred listed buildings designed in the Arts & Crafts style. All three schemes were submitted for planning consent in October 2016. Our client is Whiteley Village Trust.



Housing at Dunsop Bridge

Posted on August 1st, in Residential

Twelve new houses at Dunsop Bridge in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire.

The new affordable houses for rent were constructed for the Duke of Lancaster’s Housing Trust and form a sensitive new addition to this village in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The County Council AONB officer commented: In many ways this application exemplifies the high standards that can be achieved in planning design of new development to conserve and enhance the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.



Summer Hill, Ulverston

Posted on June 1st, in Historic, Residential

A new house attached to a Georgian mansion near Ulverston, Cumbria.



Summer Hill Apartments

Posted on May 1st, in Historic, Residential

The conversion of a Georgian house near Ulverston to create five new luxury apartments.



Bletchingdon Development

Posted on February 1st, in Residential

Our master plan for fifty-eight new houses and a new primary school in the village of Bletchingdon, near Oxford, for the Duchy of Cornwall. Planning permission was granted in 2014 and the project started on site in 2015. The school is complete (2016).



Blackpool Tower

Posted on January 1st, in Historic, Leisure

We were the appointed historic building architects overseeing new refurbishment works and undertaking building fabric inspections at Blackpool Tower during the recent installation of new attractions by Merlin Entertainments. Dominic Roberts is AABC (Architects Accredited in Building Conservation) registered.



Nansledan School, Newquay

Posted on December 2nd, in Community

Our design for a new two-form-entry primary school at Newquay, Cornwall, has been submitted for planning consent. The school will serve the community in and around the Duchy of Cornwall’s new development at Nansledan. Client: Duchy of Cornwall.



Tremadart Farm, Duloe

Posted on December 1st, in Residential

We work with the Duchy of Cornwall to develop new farm buildings on their estates.

 

This is a new farmhouse and agricultural building at Tremadart Farm, Duloe, Cornwall. Completed February 2017.



Herefordshire Design Brief

Posted on December 1st, in Community, Urbanism

We have produced a design brief for the use of communities, individuals and developers wishing to build on Duchy of Cornwall land in Herefordshire.



St Mary, Barrow

Posted on November 1st, in Historic, Published, Religious

 

Original church by E.W. Pugin. Alterations, decoration and new fittings by Francis Roberts Architects.

 

Used as a building study in From Organisation to Decoration: An Interiors Reader edited by Graeme Brooker and Sally Stone. Click through for a larger version.

 



Towcester Racecourse

Posted on October 1st, in Leisure, Published

The Grace Grandstand and Empress Grandstand at Towcester Racecourse, Northamptonshire. Published in: Country Life, October 1997: ‘Towcester Boasts a Winner’ Perspectives on Architecture, Feb/March 1998: ‘Towcester’s Winning Streak’ Included in: H.R.H. Prince Charles description of The Grace Grandstand Project in ‘Vision of Britain : 1989′ “Roberts has unleashed his imagination with his exuberant, slightly Tibetan-looking new stand at Towcester Racecourse”. H.R.H. Prince Charles, ‘Vision of Britain’ Exhibition, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. 1989. Click through for bigger images.

 



Millbank Competition

Posted on October 1st, in Published, Residential, Unbuilt, Urbanism

Francis Roberts’ entry for the 1977 Millbank Competition as part of BDP. The design was chosen as one of the ten finalists for this site on the Thames in central London. The competition drawings are displayed here in a BDP publication and in Architectural Design (volume 47 no 7-8 1977). Click through each image for bigger versions.



St Mary Magdalen

Posted on September 1st, in Published, Religious

St. Mary Magdalen Church, Penwortham: A new Parish Church for the R.C. Archdiocese of Liverpool. The Church was reviewed at length in Church Building and featured in Country Life as ‘Best Church of the Decade’. It was completed in 1988 at a cost of £250,000. Published in: Country Life, February 1988 “This combination of fine architecture, good craftsmanship and the use of sensitive artist craftsmen has not been seen since the Arts and Crafts ideals were swamped by the Modern movement. For this reason alone, St. Mary Magdalen, Penwortham, is without a doubt the most important church to have been built since Goodhart-Rendel died in the 1950s.” Also featured by Lucinda Lambton in her television programme ‘Hurrah for Today’ in 1990 and included in the 20th Century Church Exhibition, R.I.B.A. Heinz Gallery, London. 1997. Named by Mick Goode as one … Read More »



The Willows, Kirkham

Posted on July 1st, in Community, Religious, Residential

The New Presbytery & Meeting Room at The Willows, Kirkham, Lancashire. A new building of roughcast masonry with a Cumbrian slate roof adjacent to A.W.N. Pugin’s Church of St.John the Evangelist. Completed in 1994.



Flash House, Rufford

Posted on May 1st, in Residential

New extension and alterations to an existing house in Rufford near Preston, Lancashire.



Medieval Church Conversion

Posted on May 1st, in Historic, Religious, Workspace

Perspective sketch of a new timber and glass structure to be inserted into a medieval church in Herefordshire. The redundant church will become an office and workshop.



St John’s Way, Poundbury

Posted on April 1st, in Residential

A group of five new houses arranged around a courtyard at Poundbury, Dorchester, for the Duchy of Cornwall. They were completed in 2011.



Duloe Housing

Posted on March 1st, in Residential

Eighteen new houses in the village of Duloe for the Cornwall Community Land Trust. With ALA Architects.



Glasgow Cathedral Precincts

Posted on March 1st, in Unbuilt, Urbanism

 

Glasgow Cathedral precincts competition drawing.



The Peak, Hong Kong

Posted on February 1st, in Unbuilt

Francis Roberts’ drawings from his proposal for ‘The Peak’ architectural competition, Hong Kong, 1982.



Studio, Llangadfan

Posted on January 1st, in Workspace

 

A new locally sourced timber-framed studio on a narrow site in a farmyard, Llangadfan, Powys for Camlins Landscape Architects. The building was commissioned and built by Robert Camlin. Illustrated in Touchstone Magazine. Click through for the whole article.

 



House for Bill Brook, Preston

Posted on December 1st, in Residential

 

House for Bill Brook, The Triangle, Fulwood, Preston. This has been an ongoing project for Francis Roberts since it started on site in 1962. The most recent addition was a swimming pool in 2000. The images above show the house as it is today. The images below show the house under construction and soon after occupation.

 



Blackpool Tower Facade

Posted on November 1st, in Historic, Leisure

We were historic building architects for the facade refurbishment works at the Grade l listed Blackpool Tower. Works include the replacement and repair of terracotta, brickwork, doors and windows, in nine entrance arches on the Promenade facade. The picture shows our design for a new keystone in terracotta waiting to be fired.



Chestnut Walk, Poundbury

Posted on September 1st, in Residential

A group of 12 houses plus a small ‘Manor House’ bordering the great field at Poundbury, Dorchester, for the Duchy of Cornwall. They were completed in 2014.



BRDC Silverstone

Posted on June 1st, in Leisure, Unbuilt

A model of our invited proposal for a new building for the British Racing Driver’s Club at Silverstone



Lancaster Cathedral

Posted on May 1st, in Historic, Published, Religious

St. Peter’s Cathedral, Lancaster: The conservation, repair, re-ordering and re-decoration of a fine building of 1865 by E. G. Paley (with later work by Giles Gilbert Scott). The building had been re-ordered in the 1970s and many of its artefacts taken away. Both E. G. Paley’s work and that of Giles Gilbert Scott have now been imaginatively restored and the building has been given a new sanctuary and a complete redecoration in Gothic Revival style. All the artefacts and furniture have been designed by the Architect. This project was completed in September 1995 and received an R.I.B.A. Award in 1996. The project was published in Church Building, January 1996 “. . . here is an architect who understands the fin de siecle architectural mind not only in an extremely thorough, but also practical way. He can actually create buildings in … Read More »



St Walburge

Posted on April 1st, in Historic, Religious

Francis Roberts Architects were architects for the restoration of St Walburge’s RC Church, Preston, a Grade l listed building designed by Joseph Hansom. We oversaw the repair and restoration of the hammer-beam roof, gutters, parapets and associated stonework.



Ave Maria Hall, Holywell

Posted on March 1st, in Historic, Religious, Residential

The rebuilding and renovation of the Ave Maria Hall and St Winefride’s Hospice in Holywell, North Wales. The Hospice provides accommodation for pilgrims visiting the holy well nearby. The Hall is a residence and chapel for the Brigittine Order whose members care for the pilgrims.



Preston Bus Station 2015

Posted on February 15th, in Community, Leisure, Unbuilt, Urbanism

‘Light from the Gate’: Our entry for the 2015 RIBA Preston Bus Station Youth Zone Competition.

 

 



St Lawrence Church Centre

Posted on February 1st, in Community, Historic, Religious

The new Church Centre at St. Lawrence, Barnwood, Gloucester was completed in June 2001 and dedicated by the Bishop of Gloucester. The building contains social rooms and computer workstations for the use of the Parish community. A kitchen, toilets and lift are included. The building was designed to complement the existing Grade 1 listed church and encloses a new sheltered courtyard to the south of the church.



St Christopher, Blackpool

Posted on January 1st, in Community, Published, Religious

 
St. Christopher’s Church, Blackpool: A new parish church for the Anglican Diocese of Blackburn. The Church was featured in three consecutive numbers of Church Building and also featured in Country Life. It was completed in 1991 at a cost of £400,000. Published in: Country Life, March 1992: “St. Christopher, Hawes Side Lane, Blackpool….. is a remarkable church. It is traditional and imaginative – something seen too infrequently in church design today.” “No doubt because he is able to produce fine architecture for so little money, Roberts’s ecclesiastical practice is flourishing..” Publication Below – Click through for a larger version.

The new Parish Centre at St. Christopher’s Church, Marton, Blackpool is connected to the main axis of the church (also by this practice). The centre consists of a multi-purpose hall, a lounge, a fully equipped stage, dressing rooms and a kitchen capable … Read More »



Lanternhouse, Ulverston

Posted on December 1st, in Community

1995-1998: Lanternhouse, Ulverston: Project won in competition. A new arts centre for Welfare State International. Built with Arts Council and Lottery support. Cost 1m. It includes a lecture theatre, workshop theatre, art gallery, cafe and living accommodation for visiting artists. RIBA National Award in 2000 and a Civic Trust Commendation in 2001.



Preston Minster

Posted on November 1st, in Community, Historic, Published, Religious

 

The Minster Church of St. John the Evangelist, Preston. A pioneering scheme of major repairs, refurbishment and new accommodation opening the building to community, arts and cultural uses. For the Diocese of Blackburn, with English Heritage and Heritage Lottery support. Completed 2001 (£1.5m).

View of the of the newly decorated ceiling and of the refurbished nave. Our scheme included the laying of a new stone floor with under-floor heating.

 

Published in Church Building (issue 89 September/October 2004). Click through for a larger version.

 

 

 



Six Foxes Farm, Mawdesley

Posted on October 1st, in Published, Residential

Six Foxes Farm, Mawdesley, Lancashire: This picturesque group of buildings, comprising a house and a large play barn, replaces a collection of dilapidated farm buildings where most of the original features had long vanished. It provides a family home with a variety of rooms with changes in levels and character. There are many new features including a tower with circular stone staircase and a sewing room at the top, a quadrant shaped slype, tapering chimneys and a spired lantern. The building was published in Perspectives on Architecture, Oct/Nov 1996. Click through for a larger version of the article.

 



St Mary Magdalen School

Posted on September 1st, in Community

Two new classrooms for St Mary Magdalen’s RC Primary School, Penwortham, 1992. The brief asked for a robust, economical building containing two classrooms and a central, shared teaching space. We designed a friendly form to sit at one end of the playground and complete the disparate collection of existing buildings.