New Care Home Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
February 4th, 2016
Our New Care Home Melton Mowbray is currently well under construction and already looks very impressive.
With 88 bedrooms, a gym, coffee shop, hairdresser and spa, cinema room and beautiful riverside gardens, the care home will be one of the best in the region.
Due to the sloping nature of the site part of the ground floor is below ground level so a substantial amount of design and detailing has gone into the foundations and retaining structures. This has created some very ‘interesting’ challenges on site including two diggers and one CAD technician being pulled free after becoming stuck in the mud at the bottom of the site.
What becomes more apparent every day is the quality of views the rooms will have once completed. During winter when the leaves of the mature chestnut trees are gone, people on the rear elevation should be able to see for miles.
This New Care Home Melton Mowbray is being constructed by Wynbrook Limited and completion is expected September 2016.
World’s Fastest Field Sport ‘Player of the Year’ Awarded to David
December 1st, 2014
One of our colleagues, David Millea, has been awarded 2014 Senior Hurling Player of the Year for St Barnabas GAC & East Midlands Hurling Club in Nottingham.
David was presented with the award at the annual St Barnabas Dinner/Dance which was held in the Village Hotel and Leisure Club in Nottingham on Saturday 22 November 2014.
So, what is hurling?
Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The game has prehistoric origins, (although David is much younger!), has been played for over 3,000 years and is considered to be the world’s fastest field sport. It is also recognised as being one of the most professional sports in the world that is played on a purely amateur basis as the players play for the love of the game rather than for money.
The objective of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called a ‘hurley’ to hit a small ball called a ‘sliotar’ between the opponents’ goalposts – either over the crossbar for one point, or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal, which is equivalent to three points. The ‘sliotar’ can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air, or struck on the ground with the ‘hurley’. It can be kicked or slapped with an open hand for short-range passing. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the ‘sliotar’ on the end of the stick and the ball can only be handled twice while in his possession.
The biggest crowds will gather in early September each year for the All Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park, Dublin. This game is sold out every year with over 80,000 fans in attendance.
Hurling on Sky! In 2014, Sky Sports decided to see what all the fuss was about and they signed a contract with the GAA to bring hurling to a larger viewer ship in the UK. After one year on Sky, hurling now boasts such fans as footballers Kevin Davies and Joey Barton.
Other fans are Manchester United legend Roy Keane who stated :
“If I had a chance to watch any game in the world tomorrow I would go to a hurling match. I’ve been to the Superbowl, Formula 1 Racing, Champion’s League matches, but the All-Ireland is up there with all of them as a great occasion.”
The reaction from the UK public to hurling on twitter was largely a mixture of confusion, but also admiration of the speed and skill levels of the sport which boasts to be the world’s fastest field sport.
Congratulations David; we look forward to coming along to one of the games and watching the action.
High Spec, Energy Efficient Respite Holiday Home
November 19th, 2014
November 2014 marks the completion of this high spec, energy efficient respite holiday home designed for disabled and terminally ill guests to spend quality family time together with their close family. This light and airy build commands uninterrupted views over the Leicestershire countryside, providing a peaceful setting for the whole family group.
The building has been very well planned and extensive consideration given to its future occupants.
The whole of the downstairs is designed to allow free movement for wheelchairs with all rooms having double doors and no thresholds.
All the furniture is on castors allowing the rooms to be organised to suit individual needs.
The building is highly insulated and energy efficient using solar panels for the building’s electricity; keeping two batteries fully charged up which will allow 6 hours use in the event of a power cut. A ground source heat pump system provides hot water and central heating.
One end of the build has been designed as a bedroom which incorporates a wet room with shower and bath with a tracked hoist which runs the length of the room enabling a guest to be hoisted safely from the bed into the bath.
The first floor is accessed by an oak staircase onto a galleried balcony with seating which overlooks the lounge/kitchen area below and views of the open fields beyond.
This breakout space is ideal for younger members of the family.
This is a good example of a building designed and built for a specific purpose.
We would like to wish our client success with this very worthwhile venture.
72-Bed Care Home in Hinckley Complete
August 22nd, 2014
During 2012 HSSP Architects began working with Magnum Care and Goodrich Consulting on a new Care Home in John Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire. Following planning approval in September 2012 and a successful tender, Wynbrook Homes were successful in being awarded the construction contract and work started in May 2013.
The scheme is now complete and looks fantastic! The site was once the home of an historic hosiery factory which was influential in the design of the building. The principle elevation facing onto John Street uses traditional brickwork detailing to reflect the industrial language of the former factory. The building extends into the rear of the site and reduces in scale from four-storey to one, creating an alternative domestic vocabulary. The new Care Home has 72 bedrooms and will provide a much needed care facility in the area. Internally the care home has been tastefully finished with traditional furniture and contemporary décor
Hidden History of Plasterwork Uncovered
August 6th, 2014
During a refurbishment project in Melton Mowbray we recently had a call from a local contractor regarding an unusual wall they had uncovered.
We visited site and saw that the wall was an early Victorian take on the traditional lath and plaster partition using studs with dried reeds. The reeds act as a key for the plaster, much as laths do in the more common variant. We took a closer look at the plasterwork and found that this was lime render with horsehair additive.
Lime render uses slaked lime rather the crushed Portland stone that modern plaster uses. It is harder to work with; mainly because it dries out very quickly in comparison to modern plasters and is quite stiff to work – hence the reason why commonly, old plaster can be very uneven in some instances. To overcome this, pigs blood was sometimes added to make the mix more workable. (In-fact, some very old Roman Lime plasters, when analysed in a laboratory, show that this was a common practice in Roman Britain).
Lime is also quite brittle when it dries, and can be prone to flaking off. To prevent this, it was common to add horse hair to act as a reinforcement for the plaster and to bind it together; much as we do with plastic fibres and shards in some modern plasters. The mixing of horsehair is a laborious task, requiring the hair to be added little by little otherwise clumps form and the plaster does not bind correctly. This would be among the worst jobs on Victorian sites and often given to apprentices.
Things have certainly changed with the advent of plasterboards and gypsum based plasters, but it is interesting to see the traditional methods and to understand how builders worked in the past.
HSSP Welcomes Mike and Rachel
July 22, 2014
Joining HSSP as an Architectural Assistant, Mike will be working with the technical team.
Mike studied at Sheffield Hallam University specialising in Enrironmental Design, working firstly in Sheffield City Centre delivering mixed-use schemes and historic restorations. He has spent the last 3-years as the Design Team Leader at a prominent Derby planning consultancy developing their design arm.
He is an avid climber, who regularly competes at a National level, and a keen photographer – having had success in exhibiting his own works. The remainder of his time is spent with his girlfrield and two children living in Derby.
Rachel joins HSSP as an assistant supporting the admin team.
Rachel graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1997 and is married with two young girls and is returning to the workplace following an 8-year break after having her family.
Rachel is juggling busy family life and working part-time with extending and decorating the family home.
In her spare time, she enjoys running to keep fit and relieve day-to-day stresses.
Welcome to the team Mike and Rachel.
Opening of Respite Care Facility
July 5, 2014
Praxis Care officially opened the new respite care facility in Glenfield last week with a series of presentations to mark the occasion.
The new Centre ‘The Melton Project’ provides purpose built accommodation to provide short term respite care to children with challenging and additional needs. The Centre sits adjacent to the existing ‘Glenfield Project’ and provides shared staff and office accommodation, providing help and support to the families of the children it cares for.
The building was opened by Dan Greaves a Team GB and Paralympic athlete based at Loughborough.
Dan outlined his own story through childhood, undergoing numerous operations and how important additional care and support is to the whole family.
Dan has gone on to represent Great Britain in both able-bodied and paralympic international competition and will be competing in the discus at this year’s Commonwealth Games.
HSSP Architects are impressed that Dan achieved 3rdplace at the weekend’s British Championships in Birmingham – sacrificing the buffet lunch was obviously worthwhile !
Praxis Care acknowledged their appreciation of the local staff members by presenting two awards – a fund raising award for ‘The Melton Project’ and a National Manager’s award to Ruth Harrison who has led both Centres through the difficult times whilst the new Centre was built and moved over.
Praxis now aim to redevelop their site in Melton and it is hoped that this extra capacity will strengthen the service they provide to the young people of Leicestershire.
HSSP Architects would like to wish Praxis Care and Dan Greaves all the best for the forthcoming year.
Masters Success for Ian
June 17, 2014
Ian, our Masters student, attended the End of Year Presentations last Friday and we are proud to report that he received three awards!!!
1st in Class of 2014 : Comprehensive Thesis
1st in Class of 2014 : Technology & Environmental Design
1st in Class of 2014 : Professional Studies
In his own words, Ian stated that:
“It was unbelievable, I wasn’t expecting to receive any awards, let alone three! I hadn’t intended to go to the evening awards as my car had broken down and it would be difficult to get to Leicester and back, however, my phone was going crazy as some of my peers tried to reach me to tell me to come in as I had won several awards and prizes”.
As Ian’s employer, we have seen first-hand his level of commitment to any task that he undertakes, as well as the amount of knowledge and understanding that he can bring to bear. We are extremely pleased to see that this has come to fruition throughout his studies and we commend both Ian for his achievements and the staff at the Leicester School of Architecture for their excellent academic guidance that has allowed him to flourish.
Ian will receive his final degree classification on July 1st but in the meantime I am sure you will join us in toasting Ian’s success.
Enjoy it Ian, you have done extremely well and have earned it.