COMMUNITY BUILDINGS

The practice has a long-standing relationship with several Church of England Dioceses, and also undertakes commissions for other government bodies, charities, educational and community groups. In some cases, such as the Court Service or the Caravan Club, the client has long experience of commissioning buildings, and we work within their established systems and procurement structures. In other cases, such as the Kingsclere Youth Centre, we work with organisations that are new to the process, and we can offer advice in assembling a brief, and managing the project to completion.

 

PHYLLIS COURT GRAND STAND, HENLEY ON THAMES

We designed a sensitive extension and enclosure of the Grade II listed Grandstand to ensure if can it be used throughout the year. 

The building now benefits from improved access including lifts and stairs, new kitchens and bathrooms.  

A new tensile structure roof over the upper floor is provided to mimic the original canvas canopy. The building which was originally left empty for much of the year, is  now used daily, for dining and meetings, weddings and corporate entertainment during the Henley Regatta.

ST.ANDREWS CHURCH, SONNING

 

Hives previously worked on another project at St. Andrews Church. This was a smaller community space, directly adjacent to the church, and also next to the site for the new hall. This closely reflected the language of the church and has worked well for the community. With this space, and the new church hall, the parish will have significant space to suit the growing congregation and meet the needs of the church for many years to come.

ROTHERWICK ROOM, HAMPSHIRE

 

This historic hotel in Hampshire had a former courtyard that was roofed and large enough for wedding parties. Sometime in the 1980's the courtyard had been a virtual reality lab, and hives had to transform its function within the existing planning permission. The structure was all-new so the spaces was column free, divided with movable acoustic wall fully hidden when not used. The decorative ceiling hid full air conditioning, projectors, screens and lighting with touchpad controls (including removable chandeliers) so that the space could be used for business conferences and presentations; the decorative scheme picked up on details from the historic building and was mocked up at full size for client approval. The resulting multi-purpose spaces has transformed the profitability of the hotel.