RIBA site board

riba_1mOur Principal Architect Linas became a RIBA chartered member this autumn and finally we have ordered our first site board. It was proudly hung in the shopfront window of our project at Lavender Hill, Battersea.

 

AVENUE ROAD: update

2016-11-16_2-avenue-rdBuilding works have reached the middle on Avenue Road project. The loft conversion is already finished: Alucobond cladding used for the external cladding gives a modern touch, is easy to instal & merge nicely with the existing surrounding due to its moderate matte look

 

MARNE AVENUE: update

marneave_progres_1There is a huge progress on Marne Avenue project. The aim was to improve the layout and the external appearance of the house. The former bungalow was rather plain and the only one single storey building on the street. Consequently we took advantage of that and increased the height of the house and improved the appearance still keeping it the character with the surrounding area. The main feature is the contemporary interpretation of the traditional exposed timber frame house. Marine ply would be used for the timber frame interpretation.

 

AVENUE ROAD: project has started

AvenueRd_3It’s been a long time since we wrote something on our blog. It’s not that we have been lazy…quite the contrary – we have been extremely busy, i.e. lots of Building Regs projects, few planning approvals and uncountable amount of new enquiries. Obviously there is a direct link between a good weather and the quantity of new clients’ enquiries. It looks like a good bright blue sky encourages people to plan, to dream and to start new projects.

One of our clients have cheered us by sending some photos from a building site. It looks that the Avenue Road project has started with a right energy and speed. Fingers crossed – hopefully we are going to have more sunny days this summer!

 

LAVENDER HILL: construction progress

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There has been a huge progress on Lavender Hill project. Initially some works have been postponed as there has been a lot of intense negotiation between appointed Party Wall surveyors on both sides. After successful discussions they finally have agreed to allow both neighbours to connect their basement structure in the future. Now the structure of Basement Floor has been finished. For waterproofing purposes the Newton Waterproofing system with basedrain and floor membrane has been used. The floor level has been lowered to get an adequate headroom for the Lower level Office and for Unit 1. The other floor levels also have been rearranged to comply with London Plan for new habitable units’ area and height requirements.

The main new construction of external walls consist of 215mm blockwork which is externally insulated with a polymer render on top. Internally acoustic parameters of existing Party Walls will be improved by 70mm Kingspan Kooltherm K12 between studs with 2 x layers of acoustic plasterboards. For separating floor Cellecta acoustic detail will be installed with suspended plasterboard ceilings below to cover all services and pipes.

The project was designed to meet BREEAM Excellent rating. The systems for scoring sustainability are difficult to credit, therefore Melin Consultants  act as the sustainability agent on behalf of the project. In term of sustainability, its distinguishing feature is that all existing and still appropriate timber elements, such as joist, rafters or timber floor planks and brickwork are reused where possible.

The relationship between V&V Architects and the Contractor are very productive. Everybody involved is are very positive about the timescale and are planning to finish the main external building works in a month time.

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3 x Building Regs applications

It has been a busy week for us. We have submitted 3 x Building Regulations applications for Loft Conversion at Dewsbury Gardens RM3,  3m GF Rear Extension & Loft Conversion at Canterbury Road CR4 and finally 6m GF Rear Extension & Loft Conversion at Hatfield Road RM9.

PERMISSION: Ingoldsby Road

Planning approval has been given for an Ingoldsby Road project. It’s a construction of a single storey 6m length rear extension in Gravesend, Kent.

ARCHITECT@WORK in Olympia, London

2016.01.28Yesterday we attended architect@work exhibition in Olympia, London. It’s a second year in row and it’s getting better & better every time! (..not to mention delicate scenography and free drinks & nibbles..) One of the reasons it’s getting better is that we found what we are looking for! As we started Building Regs stage on Avenue Road we are looking for a slim frame sliding windows system, so there were plenty of exhibitors representing them.

Also there was a beautiful display of innovative interior decorative surfaces like burnt timber panels by SOLOMON & WU or flexible wood elements by dukta.

PERMISSION: Avenue Road

Two planning applications were approved for a modern design project on Avenue Road, Teddington TW11. It’s a wrap-around one storey extension, hip to gable roof extension and a dormer.

Areas in Which We Worked in 2015

CouncilMap_2015Here is a short review of councils which V&V Architects worked in 2015:
– Royal Borough of Greenwich
– Ealing Borough London Council
– Havering London Borough
– London Borough of Sutton
– London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
– London Borough of Tower Hamlets
– London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
– London Borough of Merton
– London Borough of Wandsworth
– London Borough of Haringey
– London Borough of Bexley
– Rochford District Council
– Gravesham Borough Council