Shilbottle Community Hall
Shilbottle Community Hall
TMA Architects have successfully delivered an ambitious brief set by Shilbottle Community Hall Ltd. An environmentally friendly community building has been created which maintains village based activities set within a contemporary context.
Big Lottery and other funding ensured TMA Architects could proceed on a modest budget but with high value sustainable elements. The new 500 sq/m community hall fits the footprint of the Second World War timber frame Nissen hut which was destroyed by a blaze.
Architecturally there are two elements, a single storey podium of common rooms and changing facilities for sport, clad in Western Red Cedar and a double height gathering space which is clad in Siberian larch, both materials from sustainable sources. A wind generator feeds into the National Grid; grey water is recycled and heating is drawn from ground source heat pumps using part of the cricket pitch. Spaces wherever possible use natural light and ventilation. Low maintenance has been achieved to reduce running costs by internal finishes of polished birch veneered panels which line the main hall and combine durable materials with a natural finish to the interiors.
"The design of the new hall is absolutely super. When you look at what the site was like after the fire, it’s an amazing transformation. This is something for the whole community to be proud of."
Elizabeth Haddow - District Councillor for Shilbottle
"Throughout the course of the construction phase TMA Architects worked extremely hard and formed a close working relationship between all parties involved. This close working relationship resulted in a partnership which developed ways to expedite the work and, due to tight budget restraints, found solutions to problems which reduced costs. The end result is a modern well designed building which well into the rural village setting and meets the environmental requirements of the modern era. The building has been praised by all sections of the community and is the envy of surrounding towns and villages"
P. Brown - Chairman, Project Steering Committee
LABC Awards: Commended - Best Sustainable Project
LABC Awards: Commended – Best Community Building
New Build | Leisure | Community
Fine Art School
The Practice was commissioned to design and manage the Fine Art Building refurbishment project by Newcastle University. .
Fine Art department consists of two building elements: A purpose-built Fine Art School circa. 1911, Grade II Listed and designed by local architect, W.H. Knowles in an Art Nouveau style and also in its day, an award winning extension designed by Shepherd Robson and built in a sharply contrasting 1960’s style creating a combined total floor area of around 6,000m2 (65,000 sq ft).
Fine Art is located on Kings Road which is the main access running east to west through the campus. This artery serves all other departments based on this part of the campus. It is a busy route used by students, staff and members of the general public. The site is divided by a central service road for access to the Old Library Building and the rear of the School of Architecture.
The Hatton Gallery, part of Tyne & Wear museums, forms an annex to Fine Art and is used for exhibitions and special events and is home to the famous Merzbarn Wall. The total floor area is over 6,000m2.
The Key Objectives of the Design Brief were to create a new accessible entrance from Kings Road as an alternative to the stepped entrance to the Hatton Gallery as well as general alterations, repairs and refurbishment of the existing accommodation. The building remained operational during the works.
The new entrance, tucked beneath a link to the original building, respects the architecture of both eras and is a subtle modern intervention, full of light to welcome visitors from the Kings Road approach. The new entrance helps create a more permeable building which is easier to navigate and facilitates the movement of people, artworks and materials around the building. Level access is created to the main staircase and a 28 person passenger/evacuation/goods lift has been installed. The core also contains a riser duct to accommodate existing and new services from adjacent buildings. There is street level access for loading from the foyer to all main floor levels.
At Level 3 there is the Long Gallery exhibition and transition space which directs visitors to a new reception and Art Café, a new breakout area with access to Broadband. At level 4 and set within the core is an accessible toilet. A new connection has been formed at level 5 into the 1911 building and via a short corridor access is created to the main Life and other studios as well as the conservatory.
LABC Awards: Finalist - Best Education Building
LABC Awards: Finalist - Best Technical Innovation
Education | Conversion | Refurbishment | Extension
Monument Mall Concept
TMA were invited to submit a scheme for the redevelopment of Monument Mall in Newcastle upon Tyne which was unprofitable due to the high ratio of mall and public space to retail floor area.
In order to maximise the potential lettable space and rental income it was proposed to infill the atrium / mall areas and carve the block up into a number of stand-alone units accessible from the adjacent streets. At basement level a unit was designated as a supermarket to utilise the footfall between Fenwick’s basement entrance and the adjacent Metro station.
Retail | Conservation | Listed Building | Concept Design
Great North Museum
Great North Museum
TMA were invited by Farrells to join their design team to underpin the restoration and conservation of the Victorian fabric for the refurbishment of the Hancock Museum. This choice was made based on the practice’s recognised work on other key historic buildings in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The scope of work focused on repairs and alterations and to develop the design through to comprehensive tender information and to carry out site supervision services for this aspect of the entire project.
The nature and scale of the existing building brought about a whole range of conservation issues which needed to be dealt with in a sympathetic and appropriate manner. This involved an effective collaboration between client, design and the construction teams to conserve the historic buildings fabric and importance.
RIBA 2010 Award: Conservation Architect for Great North Museum: Hancock
Listed Building | Museum | Conservation | Culture | Collaboration
Acting for a long standing client TMA Architects were commissioned by Barbour to design a new flagship retail concept as a major concession unit within Harrods.
The fit out was carried out utilising a palate of high quality materials including large mirrors, stainless steel, fossil limestone plinths and oak flooring and furnishings. The main features of the design were the products and the use of large high quality photographs and graphics.
Retail | Fit Out
Middleton Grange Remodel
Middleton Grange Entrance Remodelling
TMA Architects were asked by the owners of the centre to carry out concept design and feasibility study to enhance the appearance of the centre. The works involved recladding high profile entrance areas of the centre with minimal impact on existing retail units.
Retail | Refurbishment
Trinity House Complex
The Practice has had a long relationship with Trinity House stretching back over 35 years having carried out numerous projects on the building complex which is listed Grade I and Grade II* (c 1500) listed.
Projects have included the restoration and conversion of the adjacent bonded warehouse on Broad Chare and restoration and adaptation of the Banqueting Hall and Board Room (c 1721) to create corporate entertainment and catering facilities. Creation of high standard offices within the Almshouses, Dog bank and Broad Chare buildings by converting domestic and small warehouse buildings for high profile tenants while at the same time respecting the archaeological and historic nature of the fabric of the original structure and more recently the reordering of the main entrance foyer and chapel.
Other works have included major repairs and replacement of the fabric, for example:-
- Dpc’s and tanking
- Wet and dry rot treatment
- Structural timber repairs and replacement
- External paving and stone repairs
- Roof replacement and leadwork
- New electrical services and emergency systems (particularly discreet installations to meet the requirements of English Heritage)
- Building records
- Stained glass protection and replacement
- Bespoke carpets
- Research and restoration of decorations and finishes
"TMA Architects carried out a major refurbishment of the main entrance hall at Trinity House, this area is the entrance to Trinity House, a Grade 1 Listed Building dating in part from 1505, with the entrance hall dating from about 1800. The scope of works involved extensive repair and renovation to brickwork, plasterwork, timber ceilings, electrical installation and various fixtures and fittings.
It was necessary during the refurbishment to fully comply with stringent Listed Building Consents, having special regard to existing artefacts and the adjoining areas of the building. The works were completed within budget and to the satisfaction of the Board of Trustees of the charity. The newly completed entrance has added to the overall appearance of this special complex of buildings."
Captain Rudyard C Shipley - Estates warden
Listed Building | Conversion | Conservation | Conservation Area
Walker Medical Centre
Walker Medical Centre
The new Walker facility integrates a variety of functions, the Local Authority uses,the GP surgery and the PCT functions are all brought together in one place to provide a seamless integrated service for the local community. The accommodation comprises local council housing offices, a GP surgery with 13 consulting rooms, a dental practice with 4 dental surgeries together with all of the ancillary accommodation.
The design of the building curves like a spine, across the site which has been defined by the Newcastle Planning Department as an area of landscape. The building is designed to be sympathetic to the natural form and shapes of the landscape and moves across the site in a gentle non-confrontational manner.
The asymmetric section allows a mini-mall or internal street to curve through the building. With generous top lighting moving around the building is a pleasurable and comfortable experience linking the ground floor with first floor balconies. This allows good supervision of the ground floor spaces from the first floor administrative offices. The generous reception area being be a focal point with separate reception desks for the main users of the building.
New Build | Health
Law School - Newcastle University
Located at the rear of 21-24 Windsor Terrace, Jesmond on the north-eastern edge of the Newcastle University Campus, the Law School consists of four elegant late Victorian town houses converted into a basement library, ground floor seminar and teaching rooms, a ‘mooting room’ (mock court), computer cluster, break out area and toilets. A Lecture Theatre, added in the 70s on the south side with a short corridor and toilets, defines the development site area.
The works involved the creation of a new main entrance and reception / admin area with an induction loop and also the provision of a new lift, staircase and accessible toilet to improve access to the basement and ground floor levels. The refurbishment of the Mooting Room and Lecture Theatre has increased seating from 190 to 230 students and includes accessible seating provision, an induction loop as well as he provision of state of the art podium/IT systems. Other works include a new Law Library Reception, accessible route and means of escape as well as refurbishment of toilet areas, new boilers and ventilation system to the Lecture Theatre. Externally an enhanced external seating area has been created as well as cycle storage and an accessible parking bay.
Education | Extension | Conversion | Conservation Area
No.2 Old Eldon Square is designated and listed grade II*, through years of neglect the building was listed on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk Register.
The property had been vacant for some time when TMA Architects were approached by the Cosmetic Dental Clinic to sensitively refurbish and convert the derelict building into a state of the art dental and cosmetic surgery. Accommodation for the property is provided over five floors and features specialist consultation and surgery rooms as well as reception, staff and storage areas.
The historic building forms an important part of the heart of the City designed by prominent Newcastle architect, John Dobson. The poor condition of the building prior to refurbishment works being carried out meant that certain elements of the listed structure had to be reinstated and also conserved. This included new decorative plaster covings to the main reception rooms of the property, reinstatement of skirtings, in profiles to match historic exemplars, refurbishment and repair of existing sash windows, new painted cast iron balustrades to the large central staircase and stone work repair proposals for the deteriorating ashlar sandstone front elevation.
The surgery fit out works incorporated a rich blend of traditional and contemporary detailing and design that brought back to life this historically important and special building in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne.
"I have worked with TMA Architects on the conversion of a derelict Grade II* building in historic Old Eldon Square in the Centre of Newcastle. I have found them to be understanding, thought provokingly creative, abreast of all relevant legislation and exceptionally good at what they do."
Listed Building | Conservation Area | Conversion | Health
Ashington Incubator Workshops & Offices
The aims and objectives of the project were to provide managed workshop space and incubator offices to encourage the growth of small businesses in the Ashington area.
There are separate workspace and offices served by a common Reception Area. Support services such as conference and meeting rooms and secretarial services are located in the offices and available to tenants on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.
The accommodation consists of 1200 sq m of managed workspace comprising 17 workshop units ranging in sizes of 50, 75 & 100 sq m as well as 800 sq m of lettable offices divided up into a range of unit sizes. The works also included the construction of the new roundabout on the main A197 trunk road as well as the mini roundabout within the Lintonville industrial estate.
New Build | Offices | Industrial
Metrocentre Transport Hub
Metrocentre Gym Transport Hub
Acting for a long standing Client, TMA were commissioned by Intu Metrocentre to carry out a feasibility study to redevelop the small building providing access to the centre from the coach and overspill car park area via the railway station and transport interchange facility.
The proposal was to create a building to accommodate a 24 hour gym (1500 sq m) together with some small retail or office units to take advantage of the area being accessible from the local road network totally outside of the main Metrocentre road system. The existing access to the railway and the bridge across to the Metrocentre would remain unchanged.
Transport | Retail | Conversion | Extension
The project involved the redevelopment of a large corner block located in a prominent position in Newcastle’s historic Grey Street which was developed in the 19th Century by Richard Grainger and designed by the renowned Newcastle-born Architect, John Dobson Circa 1835.
The majority of the buildings were in poor condition and could not easily be converted to modern day uses. Agreement was reached with Newcastle City Planners and English Heritage, that the existing buildings could be demolished provided the original Grade II* listed ashlar stone façade and corner pavilion were retained. This involved a temporary scaffolding support system which had to be continually monitored for any signs of movement within the masonry walls.
The site slopes north to south, following the street’s natural gradient. The floor plate has two wings to provide options for letting the office space. These are located either side of the vertical circulation core located within the corner pavilion which accommodates dual lifts and a dramatic feature staircase with scenic lighting. Accommodation comprises, 2500 sq m of Class A speculative offices on three levels overlooking a south facing courtyard, 4 ground floor retail units (GFA 500 sq m) with basement storage, basement parking for 18 cars and cellar storage for the Sir John Fitzgerald pub next door. Plant space is contained within the roof profile of the existing building.
The scheme was closely monitored by English Heritage and Newcastle City Conservation Team.
Listed Building | Facade Retention | Conservation Area | New Build | Offices | Retail
Claremont Public Realm Project
Newcastle University - Claremont Proposal
Having worked for the University on a number of projects the Practice were invited to prepare concept proposals for the reordering of the public realm spaces between a group of buildings forming part of the campus of Newcastle University. The area had numerous issues including poor circulation routes, constricted footpaths, unsightly sunken planting areas, poor street-lighting and unsafe pedestrian crossing points.
The iconic Cherry Tree is a major feature within the Claremont Quadrangle and is at the heart of the new design. The rings in the landscape, link and symbolise the tree cell concept with flows of people, information and ultimately knowledge throughout the University. Claremont Road divides the enclosure created by the four buildings and a contemporary solution to the 21st Century problem of people versus cars has been adopted to create a single cohesive space to be enjoyed by all those using it. There is also a strong desire line generated between the Great North Museum and Devonshire buildings, part of the Y route, which is extended into the new quadrangle.
Education | Concept Design
Hillary Court, Formby
Hillary Court, Formby, comprises 87 private sector retirement apartments for McCarthy and Stone on 4 floors with the usual communal facilities ie. warden, guest bedroom accommodation, communal lounge, laundry and battery store provision for wheelchairs.
New Build | Special Residential | Sheltered Housing
The vision for the redevelopment of Ponteland’s village centre was to create a new heart for the village - a vibrant centre with a mix of uses - retail, residential, commercial and leisure - improving activity in the village and enhancing the area for the enjoyment of the local community.
Ponteland has a long and interesting history as a village, and it was intended that this would be drawn upon and reflected in the redevelopment plans. The new development plans respect the existing form and character of the village with a sensitive approach to design and the considered use of appropriate materials it ensures a link between the past, present and future of the village.
The proposed redevelopment is focused on retail, office and community uses forming the core of the village centre. The range of uses which could come forward as part of the development includes retail office, residential, and also the possibility of health related uses (for example a dental practice). Proposed community uses include a new library and a community centre, together with high quality public realm. Existing businesses would be rehomed into the reinvigorated environment at the same time as providing additional opportunities for new businesses in Ponteland.
Mixed Development | Masterplanning | Conservation Area | Collaboration
Liveworks is a mixed use city centre development that preserves the Newcastle Historic Quayside grain and also provides a new type of engaging public space within a courtyard to the rear.
The overall scheme was originally designed by Flanagan Lawrence Architect (Design Intent) based in London which TMA Architects progressed as a Design and Build Contract working for Brims Construction.
The building is accessed from the Quayside via a covered colonnade leading to the new pocket park/ piazza to the rear of the block. The ground floor reception is entered from the garden piazza which also acts as an external performance area which leads into a naturally lit central core and from there to the 1330m2 of grade A office space spread over 4 floors all with spectacular views.
New Build | Conservation Area | Offices | Collaboration
The existing Browns Boathouse building on the riverside in Durham was in an extremely dilapidated condition after years of neglect and periodic flooding. Our Client saw this as a great opportunity to convert the buildings into a new Bar and Restaurant venue for the city.
TMA Architects were commissioned to create the new shell building for the bar / restaurant fit out. Due to the location and condition of the building this proved by be quite a challenge with a plethora of problems to overcome the main one being the Environment Agency’s insistence to design for a 1:100 year flood. Due to the constricted width on the river in the gorge where water backs up this level was particularly high and would have effectively prevented the economic reuse of the building as the water would reach the level of the top floor. Eventually a compromise position was negotiated and the EA agreed to designing the building to 1:50 year flood levels provided the Client was prepared to carry our repairs and a refit the affected areas if the floor levels were higher. Flood warning devices were fitted to allow the timely evacuation of the building if flood levels were climbing. The finishes within the susceptible area were to be easy clean. All of the building services and drainage systems had to be designed to withstand flooding.
Although the building was not listed it was located within the Durham City conservation area and also in the setting of the Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site. An earlier scheme to demolish the building had been rejected and it was therefore agreed with the City Conservation Officer that the works would be carried out as if the buildings were listed due to the sensitive nature of the site.
Once the planning and Environment Agency issues were resolved the real work started to rebuild the building and deal with all of the constructional issues to ensure compliance with current standards. In effect there were only really 3 walls of note that remained standing (and they were listing quite dramatically), and everything else was replaced to replicate the original building. Major works included new piled foundations, underpinning of the retained external walls and construction of a new concrete tanked basement, a new structural frame to support the new floor loads and to offer lateral restraint to the walls as well as support a new roof. The walls had to be tied back to the new frame. The new roof over part of the building had to be reinstated to match the original which listed by 5 degrees. New windows, cladding, balconies, etc. all had to match the original building. As well as this a new dual pumped drainage systems had to be installed as the surrounding drainage system was effected by flooding.
Hospitality | Conservation Area | Facade Retention | Conversion
Hansen Hotel Extension
The Hansen Hotel is a successful family run business. When the opportunity arose to take over the site next door TMA Architects were approached to prepare a scheme to extend the hotel. The proposal is to demolish the former garage next door and construct a new extension to the hotel to provide 12 new hotel rooms with en-suite bathrooms together with a ground floor bar and dining area.
Conservation Area | Extension | Hotel
TMA Architects were commissioned by Miller Homes to prepare working drawings packages for the Dunston Riverside Housing Development which occupies the former colliery and soapworks sites on the banks of the River Tyne. The scheme comprised 262 dwellings arranged in a mixture of individual houses and an assortment of apartment blocks.
New Build | Residential
Eldon Court Student Accommodation
Eldon Court Student Accommodation
TMA Architects were asked by Intu Eldon Square to prepare designs for the conversion of unused open-plan office space into student accommodation.
The offices located on Levels 2 and 3 of Eldon Court sit directly above occupied retail accommodation within Eldon Square shopping complex. This presented some difficult challenges with servicing of the new accommodation. The proposal comprises the creation of 152 student bedrooms each with ensuite and kitchenette. The 152 rooms are a mix of differing sized units, 14m2, 17m2 and 19.5m2. Each floor level also has 2 lounges, 2 meeting / study rooms and share a laundry and a gym, together with manager / staff facilities. Access to the student accommodation is via a new entrance, lift and stair core which gives direct access from the street and service level.
Conversion | Student Accommodation | Education
Sussexdown EMI Unit
RAFA Sussexdown EMI Unit
Sussexdown is a 20 bed unit design to meet the needs of RAFA members and their families with dementia. TMA were awarded the commission as a result of a limited competition.
The unit has a hydrotherapy pool, a snoozilum for one to one mental stimulation and treatment and an enclosed sensory garden where patients are able to engage with the natural environment and are free to circulate between inside and outside spaces. The design drivers were non institutional, openness, natural light and the need to create a domestic environment.
The importance of design quality
The design of homes for the elderly and infirm is critical to their well-being. The forecast of a rapidly increasing aged population highlights the added importance of good environmental design and the therapeutic benefits which can accrue in the appropriate environment. Quality of life is a holistic concept that we believe has been overlooked in recent years. We consider that the quality of design of specialist residential accommodation should be given a high priority.
“I am pleased to be able to provide a testimonial to the work carried out by TMA Architects for the Royal Air Forces Association.
Our professional relationship has ranged from an award-winning conversion of a listed building into sheltered accommodation, through design and project management of a 36 bedded short-break respite care facility and a further development on the same site to convert stables into sheltered housing... The support and assistance provided by TMA Architects has enabled us to use charitable money in a sensible and prudent manner to gain excellent value for money in our properties.
The most recent project was to design and project manage an elderly mentally infirm unit. The design team worked closely with my staff as the client, liaised with external organisations, and has produced a design which encapsulates best practice and offers superb use of space for our residents. The design was shown at an Association function where His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester spent considerable time exploring the design issues and proposed solutions and was impressed by the result.
TMA Architects encourages full client participation, they are reactive to need and have excellent quality control methods in place.
In short, I have no hesitation in recommending TMA Architects to you.”
David J Richardson BSc - Welfare Director, The Royal Air Forces Association
New Build | Special Residential | Health
Promenades Shopping Centre
TMA were commissioned to assist in the reconfiguration of part of the Promenades Shopping Centre in Bridlington following the closure of a single storey indoor market area of the centre.
This presented an opportunity to gain more return from the asset by adding a new first floor area and extending out into the mall. In all an additional floor area of 700 sq m was added and the newly formed space split into 3 new retail units (530, 700 and 790sq m) with first floor storage and back of house facilities.
While undertaking these works three kiosk units were converted into a set of public toilets to replace the single accessible toilet that was previously the only public toilet provision within the centre.
Retail | Conversion | Extension
Exchequer Building, Durham
The Exchequer Building sits within the historic context of Palace Green, Durham adjacent to the Cathedral and makes an important contribution to the area, designated a World Heritage Site.
The medieval structure is now used as a library and centre for heritage collections by the University of Durham. The existing Zinc roof covering to the building was in poor condition and had undergone several repairs. The works involved re-roofing in a traditional lead covering, structural timber repairs and replacement of rooflights in a timber/aluminium composite system. All this provided an attractive functional solution protecting the structure while maintaining an aesthetic that integrated within the historic context.
“At present the building is immediately outside the boundary of the Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site. However, a review of the World Heritage Site boundary has been carried out with the intention of drawing a new boundary that includes Palace Green and associated buildings. The work you have carried out is of an appropriate quality to a World Heritage Site and, a credit to the craftsmen that carried out the work. When the time comes for UNESCO to review the proposed changes I shall try and ensure they get a visit to the Exchequer Building roof!”
Simon Hickman - Senior Conservation Officer, City of Durham
The World Heritage Site boundary has now been extended to include all of the buildings between Durham Castle and The Cathedral.
Heritage | Listed Building | Conservation Area | Conservation | World Heritage Site
Middleton Grange Sports Redevelopment
Following on from other works within the centre TMA were commissioned to prepare feasibility concept designs for the partial redevelopment of the shopping centre to create a new sports and leisure centre for Hartlepool which includes the formation of a new piazza and entrance to the west side of the centre rationalising the existing difficult changes in level.
The works include the demolition of the old 1960’s market hall located at podium level and reconfiguration of part of the centre. The market hall would be downsized and relocated into vacant space elsewhere in the centre.
Retail | Leisure | Regeneration | Concept Design
Brunton Medical Centre
Brunton Medical Centre
The building is situated in an affluent suburb to the north of Gosforth. The site forms part of a group of community facilities including a church, public open space and a group of shops. Located close to private houses we have designed a single storey pavilion which will sit on the site as a simple, but elegant, building constructed from traditional materials. With semi-circular ends, the building provides no corners to encourage loitering teenagers, or anybody else who may be looking for a hidden corner where anti-social behaviour can occur.
Although a relatively small building the plan has been developed to enable a complex range of activities to take place in a friendly, relaxing and calming environment. At the same time the building is flexible to enable it to accommodate the changing demands and methodology of delivering medical services today and in the future to patients/customers.
The entrance to the building is very close to the car parking area for patients with dedicated disabled parking only a few steps from the entrance door. On entering the building a curving entrance desk provides a convenient reception area, slightly separated from a waiting area with pleasant views looking over the adjacent public open space ensuring excellent vision at the heart of the building. The clinical spaces are easily accessible along a short corridor, but the circulation routes ensure that doctors, nurses and other administrative staff can circulate and communicate with each other without inadvertently making contact with patients sitting in the reception area.
The accommodation comprises a GP surgery with 3 consulting rooms together with a treatment room and other ancillary accommodation.
New Build | Health
The Pudding Chare development in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne is a mixed use development combining car parking and garaging facilities for Newcastle Chronicle and Journal on the lower 2 floors with 4 floors of residential accommodation above.
Residential units comprise 34 apartments / maisonettes and 1 town house located in the adjacent listed building which had to be retained.
New Build | Mixed Use | Residential | Listed Building | Conservation Area
TMA Architects were invited to prepare proposals for the redevelopment of the Grade II Listed, Hatton Gallery originally designed by Architect W H Knowles in a strong Art Nouveau style. The gallery is located within Newcastle University Campus.
The design brief was to facilitate full access to the gallery for all visitors and create a welcoming entrance to the Gallery and new visitor facilities. Create a purpose-made learning space at the heart of the Gallery and reconfigure the galleries to create a flexible display space for temporary exhibitions and changing displays from the permanent collection while maintaining the integrity of the listed part of the building.
Other works include the incorporation of the Art Lounge and creation of a purpose-made “Merzbarn Gallery” as well as improvements to lighting, environmental conditions and security, and provision of high quality storage for the Hatton’s collections.
Listed Building | Conversion | Refurbishment | Art Gallery | Education | Culture
Segedunum Roman Fort Masterplan
Acting for a long standing Client TMA Architects were appointed by Tyne and Wear Museums on behalf of North Tyneside Council to prepare a masterplan for the further development of Segedunum Roman Fort Museum as a major visitor destination following the original work to create the new museum building in 1999. The main objectives of the masterplan study were to:-
- To explore ways of reinforcing and improving transport accessibility to increase the Forts intellectual and physical connectivity with its surroundings and the rest of Hadrians Wall World Heritage site as well as other local attractions.
- To manage visitors through a well thought out circulation plan that will provide an enjoyable visitor experience by a mix of innovative landscaping and public realm design supplemented by display boards, signage and audio visual information that encourage visitors to follow a themed interpretive trail that links the disparate elements of the site together into one integrated experience. By the availability of layered information visitors should be able should they wish during their visit to gain a substantial understanding of the raison d’etre of the Fort and the later and earlier uses of the area.
One of the main problems of the museum site is the main road that runs through the middle of the fort remains effectively creating a dangerous barrier to accessing the parts of the site located to the north of the busy trunk road. The other issue was the recent discovery of the original Roman Bathhouse remains which were located to the south west of the museum boundary at the other side of the Hadrian’s Wall Cycle Trail. The proposals within the masterplan study addressed these issues and proposed solutions for providing visitor access to the satellite areas without having to leave the museum site and crossing busy roads.
Heritage | Ancient Monument | Museum | Masterplanning | World Heritage Site
TMA Architects provided site architect services for international retail Architects, Haskoll for the £60million Red Mall Extension and Transport Interchange at the Metrocentre, Gateshead.
The practice has also carried out numerous other unit reconfiguration projects directly for the centre as well as providing a whole range of asset operator support services (See Asset Operator Support Services within the services section of this website).
New Build | Extension | Conversion | Retail | Collaboration
Hexham Races Pavillion
TMA were commissioned to design a new hospitality suite at Hexham Racecourse.
The new public areas are located first and second floor levels with to look over the top of an existing building. Balconies are positioned to overlook the winning post and the paddock to the side. The ground floor accommodates the saddling enclosure and stables.
New Build | Leisure | Concept Design
The Practice submitted a design for a new apartment block for the Peabody Trust at St John’s Grove, Highgate, London. The proposed scheme comprises two main elements, the first, brickwork construction for the dwellings which expresses a sense of unity and creates a strong geometrical form whilst the Reglitclad communal core gives the building a strong identity and makes it very recognizable from the immediate area.
The design has a spacious circulation core which allows for high levels of natural light to penetrate the communal hall giving the internal space a bright and invigorating air. There is good manoeuvrability for wheel chairs users and pushchairs, and good provision for large mailboxes. The vertical circulation route is very clear and provides an enjoyable transverse between the entrance and the front door to each dwelling. The Reglit façade material is sand blasted however the entrance façade contains a collage of colours, reds, oranges, greens, and yellows providing a different daylight perspective on each of the landings, creating a powerful abstract image.
the use of a small site has been maximized andis responsive to the immediate context. The proposed scheme is no higher than the adjacent 30 St Johns Grove Flats therefore limiting right to light matters and does not directly overlook the flats or the public house to the west, The scheme comprises 8 dwellings, 4 x 1 bed and 4 x 2 bed units.
While the apartments are based on a logical approach to organization, the provision of the generous external space is what gives a unique character to each dwelling. Each dwelling benefits from a private outdoor space: large terraces. Each terrace provides the opportunity for residents to use the planting boxes as ‘mini allotments’.
New Build | Residential | Competition
Proposed new houses near Durham, comprising 12no x 3 bed homes with gardens to the rear.
The new homes are located on an underused brownfield site adjacent to traditional terraced housing. The proposed scheme reflects the terraced aesthetic albeit with a contemporary twist. Private parking together with visitor spaces are sited to the front.
New Build | Residential
Eldon Square Toilets
Eldon Square Toilets
As part of ongoing works at Eldon Square shopping centre TMA Architects were commissioned to improve and refit the existing public toilets within the northern part of the centre.
The existing toilets were extremely cramped and restricted by their location hemmed in between service yards, escape routes and other retail units. The brief was to maximise the facilities available including the creation of a feeding room as well as enhanced parent and child facilities (this really is a case of squeezing a quart into a pint pot). By some careful readjustment of the layout the project objectives were met.
Retail | Refurbishment | Asset Operator Support
Arbeia Visitor Centre
Arbeia Visitor Centre
This feasibility study looked into the future development of Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields.
The study considered the development of another complementary facility which would add to the existing Arbeia “offer”. This would attract new visitors to the Museum and provide a wet weather attraction while also providing more space for ancillary accommodation such as gift shop, café, toilets, function rooms, etc.
In particular, the study needed to ensure that the new development acts as a signpost to the Fort in order to maximise understanding of the Fort, but also to ensure that it is visible and accessible to the many visitors who use and enjoy the sea front that miss out on the fort due to poor linkages as a result of the large change in level between the two areas.
Ancient Monument | Heritage | New Build | Museum | World Heritage Site
Barbour Dock Leveller
Barbour Dock Levellers
Our Client Barbour relocated their warehousing operation to an existing factory building complex close to their existing head office and manufacturing facilities.
The building was originally built in the 1940’s with subsequent alterations and extensions over the intervening years. The existing access roads and loading bays within the site were not adequate for the volume of delivery vehicles using the facility and did not provide level access into the buildings from the tailgate s of the articulated vehicles.
Our brief was to create new 4 new dock levellers as well as improve the access to the existing loading bays scattered around the complex of buildings. As part of the brief our Client wanted to separate delivery vehicles from staff parking. In order to achieve this the entire rear yard area of the site had to be lowered by 1200mm to enable vehicles to manoeuvre within the yard and reverse up to the new dock levellers.
Due to the presence of contaminated materials that were discovered within the reduced level dig a materials management plan was prepared that allowed the material to be reused within the boundaries of the site. This presented an opportunity to tidy up areas of waste ground and create new surface car parking areas to utilise the treated contaminated material rather than taking them off site at great expense to a specialist waste management site.
Industrial | Conversion
Whitworth Hall Masterplan
Whitworth Hall Masterplan
The Practice was approached by the new owners of Whitworth Hall Hotel and Deer Park to prepare a masterplan for the future development of the Country Park and prepare a feasibility study for the phased development of new hotel and functions facilities within the site.
The original historic house on the site had already been converted to hotel use some time ago with a number of extensions and it was felt that further development of the original building would not be possible because of site constraints. Attention therefore turned to the site of a former burnt out pub/restaurant on the site which was located adjacent to a lake and the overgrown walled garden. It was felt that redevelopment of the former pub site and restoration of the historic walled garden would help to make the most of the Country Park assets.
The proposal was therefore developed to replace the former pup/restaurant with a new satellite facility to exploit the location next to the lake which overlooks the deer park and close proximity to the historic walled garden. The new building has been sited to reinforce the natural circulation routes within the Country Park. The existing pedestrian route from the Hall through the Deer Park will be extended to form a main axis for guests and visitors to feed into the new Coffee Shop/Function Suite and Walled Garden, as well as the Lake and Deer Park from either direction. The new function suite is aligned with the walled garden and will have large windows and French doors to overlook the planting along the outside of the walls and provide opportunities to spill out into the walled garden for special events. On the upper floors of the new building there will be 31 new hotel rooms with views out over the lake, Hall and grounds to the south and west and down into the walled garden from the east.
Listed Building | Masterplanning | New Build | Conservation | Hotel | Hospitality
Arbeia & Segedunum Roman Fort Reconstructions
Arbeia & Segedunum Roman Fort Reconstructions
Working with Tyne and Wear Museums, the Practice has been involved in projects within Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site since 1982.
During this time the practice has built up an extensive amount of experience and expertise in a highly specialised area – full size reconstruction of ancient buildings using both modern and authentic materials. All of the reconstructions have been based on extensive archaeological research and have undergone critical review by eminent specialists in the fields of Roman Archaeology and Construction. Due to the unique nature of the finished projects they have won many Archaeology, Museum and Tourism Awards.
TMA Architects first commission at Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, was to reconstruct a full size replica of the West Gateway of the fort which is part of the World Heritage Site. Following the successful outcome of a Public Enquiry, which was largely due to the meticulous research and preparation that was undertaken, the building of the reconstruction itself was an equally complex task, using materials and techniques entirely unfamiliar to those used in modern construction projects. The success of the project can be judged by its award of a Special Commendation by the Natural Stone Federation. It has been acclaimed as an important innovation in the interpretation of archaeological sites, lending scale and meaning to the poorly-preserved remains of other buildings while providing an authoritative impression of the original appearance of the gate.
Following on from this ground breaking project which altered the ‘Establishment’ views on reconstructions two further reconstructions were undertaken by the practice at Arbeia, the partial reconstruction of the Commanding Officer’s Courtyard House and a Barrack Block. Designs were also prepared for the reconstruction of a Granary but this had to be shelved due to funding difficulties.
TMA Architects were commissioned for this unique project to reconstruct the only working full size replica of a Roman Bathhouse in Britain at Segedunum Roman Fort at the Eastern End of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.
Part of the brief was to make the building as authentic as possible. The building consists of changing room/exercise area and contains many surprising features such as double glazing, central heating with heated walls, vaulted ceiling and floors (Hypocaust), running hot and cold water and a heat exchanger (Testudo). An earlier commission at Segedunum was to reconstruct a full size replica of a section of Hadrian’s Wall.
"The practice have built up a huge amount of experience in a highly specialised area – the reconstruction to full size of ancient buildings using both modern and authentic materials. No other practice based in the UK has comparable experience. TWM is the only heritage body in the UK to have pursued a policy of archaeological reconstructions on a large scale.
Over the years the partners concerned have shown a great deal of enthusiasm and commitment to these projects, and they have developed a wider knowledge of, and expertise in, the problems of presenting and interpreting archaeological sites to the public. Their work has received a number of awards and has been a key factor in developing Arbeia and Segedunum as successful visitor attractions"
Paul Bidwell - Senior Curator, North & South Tyneside Museums
Ancient Monument | World Heritage Site | Reconstructions
Baltic Arts Centre Competition
Baltic Competition Concept
The Practice submitted an entry for the Baltic Arts Centre Competition which was to convert the existing Baltic Flour Mill into a major new gallery for the display of contemporary art.
The original building was made up of a honeycomb of vertical reinforced concrete silos above a processing area at ground level. The object of the design was create a new iconic landmark building opening up large gallery spaces within the original building and open up the external walls to exploit the spectacular views across to the Tyne Bridges and Newcastle’s historic Quayside.
Conversion | Competition | Art Gallery | Culture
Walker Early Years Centre
Walker Early Years Centre
The changing demographics and the potential increase in numbers of new pupils in the Walkergate catchment area of Newcastle upon Tyne meant the Early Years Centre and Nursery would require extending.
TMA Architects were tasked with reordering and reorganising the entire school layout. This was to include an assembly hall / dining area, new staff facilities including 2 offices and to extend all of the classrooms, each of which were to also have wcs and external access. All of this was required while also taking into account the very tight site constraints (playgrounds and houses, etc), the limitations of the existing building construction and the need for a design which could be carried out easily in phases while causing little disruption.
Overall the plan has been rationalised and simplified, eliminating the linked classrooms. The proposal gives the school a clear central route which helps to define the staff areas, breakout spaces, classrooms and dining hall.
Education | Conversion | Refurbishment | Extension
Soleb Temple, Sudan
Soleb Egyptian Temple, Sudan
TMA Architects were invited by the British Museum to take part in a Mission to assess the impact of new dam construction projects on 22 historic sites located along the banks of the River Nile in Northern Sudan. As part of this process we have advised on the measures that would be necessary to protect the sites insitu or in many cases the logistics involved in the dismantling and relocation to other sites away from the flood waters.
The most significant of the 22 historic sites is the Temple of Soleb which was erected in the reign of Amenhotep III (1391-1353 BC). The temple is the best preserved pharaonic monument in Sudan, dedicated to ‘Amun-Ra residing in Soleb’ and a deified form of the king himself. Excavations in the mid 20thcentury revealed a number of different layouts of this temple, similar to the contemporary temple at Luxor in Egypt, but the standing monument consists of a temple quay, remnants of a processional avenue flanked with devine sanctuary, followed by pylon, two courts framed with papyrus-form columns and a columned hall. Due to major floods there is only a small proportion of the temple still standing with the majority of the stone blocks from the sanctuary surrounding the standing monument.
During the study it was determined that a large pond would submerge the lower part of the quay. The effects of ground water penetrating into foundations and underlying deposits could well cause movement with potentially disasterous results.
As the structural integrity of the whole temple could be seriously compromised by the significant rise in the water table brought about by the reservoir a number of recommendations and detailed proposals were put forward for consideration. These included surrounding the entire temple site with a 1200m length of secant wall to protect it. The wall would provide a membrane to the moisture and the salt. Alternatively another option was to completely dismantle the temple, conserve the stonework (estimated at 20,000 tonnes) and relocate it to another nearby site.
Ancient Monument | World Heritage site | Conservation
The project consists of the conversion, restoration and refurbishment of a Grade 2 listed almshouse which forms part of the historic Trinity House Complex in Newcastle’s Quayside area.
More recently used as offices it is now occupied by Live Tales which consists of two teaching spaces which accommodate up to 60 children using an open plan approach at each floor level. Live Tales is an original piece of thinking devised by Live Theatre aimed at children and young adults to educate them to appreciate and reconnect with books and also to introduce them to the work of a playwright. It is a novel approach which involves an editor / notetaker who is out of view in an “Editors Office” and can only be heard not seen to prompt ideas for plays and encourage the children to role play. The object being to create a script and perform the piece to an audience.
Live Tales which is the second part of a bold development by Live Theatre, the first part being the Live Works speculative offices/ retail development. The overall scheme was originally designed by Flanagan Lawrence Architect based in London which TMA Architects progressed as a Design and Build Contract working for Brims Construction.
RIBA NE Awards: Winner - Conservation
Education | Extension | Conversion | Conservation Area
Pioneer Point Health Farm
Pioneer Point Health Farm
TMA Architects were commissioned to prepare designs for a feasibility study for The Pioneer Health Farm at Pioneer Point in Ilford.
The Poly Clinic occupies 2500m2 of accommodation spread over 2 floors of the new luxury apartment towers designed by Haskoll. The majority of accommodation is at podium level (floor 2) with specialist clinics located at floor 3 at the base of the twin towers.
The brief is to deliver quality patient care as NHS body under personal medical services (PMS), specialist primary medical service (SPMS) under contractual frameworks to meet the health needs of the people of South/Central Ilford.
To meet the growing need for healthy living, complimentary medicine and convenient care, PHF also provides a range of evidence-based care as fee paying services (non-NHS service).
Health | Concept Design | Collaboration
A dream to bring all community services in Benwell under one roof has finally been realised after eight years of planning. For the first time people are able to borrow books at the same time as sorting out council issues from tax and transport to bill paying.
More than 90 council services have been brought together in a one-stop shop in Condercum Road – incorporating the Library, Your Homes Newcastle offices and Newcastle City Council Staff.
The Benwell site slopes steeply from north to south. The south end of the site is close to a suburban shopping area and the surrounding housing is a tight urban grain of terraced housing. Immediately to the west of the site lies an area of undistinguished industrial building. The most pleasant aspect spreads out of the north east corner of the site where it overlooks an adjoining school playing field. The two levels of the building provide an economical building shell with a variety of uses under one roof. This encourages a sense of community and maximises the opportunities of the site.
New Build | Library | Offices | Culture
TMA Architects were invited to put forward ideas to refresh the appearance and upgrade the accommodation within Pearl Assurance House which was built in the 1960’s and lacked many of the facilities expected in modern day office buildings.
As costs would be a major factor in any redevelopment we took a ‘shopping list’ approach while trying to identify ways of maximising lettable area such as adding new hi-tech glazed accommodation at podium (3rd floor level) utilising the existing flat roof areas, remodelling 9th floor by demolition of caretaker’s flat and removal of high parapet wall and replacing with new hi-tech glazed accommodation, adding a hi-tech glazed staircase tower to the Northumberland Place side of the building which frees up lettable floor space in the tower block and addresses DDA issues and adding toilet pod extension to each floor level on New Bridge Street side of the building to bring sanitary accommodation provision up to date and match the projected occupancy of the building.
Depending on cost the external appearance could be enhanced by decorating or insulating and rendering the existing concrete panels, the installation of new windows to existing window openings with mirrored glass. The mirrored glass will have huge visual impact by bringing the sky down to street level brightening the whole area. Alteration of corner windows to create fully glazed corners.
Other external enhancements could include, provision of Cyprus trees in planter boxes around the perimeter of the remaining balcony areas at podium level. Provision of slick hi-tech Brise Soleil to concrete facades above shopfronts.Provision of green roofs over new areas of accommodation. A new hi-tech glazed entrance and a new external lighting scheme.
Refurbishment of Interiors
Works to the interior of the building to bring it up to modern day standards would include a new reception area refreshed common parts (lift, lobbies etc) to follow the same theme as the reception. Office areas to be refitted to provide finished open plan office accommodation (new suspended ceilings, floor finishes, tea prep areas etc.). Reorganisation of core areas to provide required level of sanitary accommodation, DDA compliant accessible toilets, shower room and provision of wheelchair refuges. Other works would include the removal of asbestos and the upgrading / renewal of building services.
Conversion | Extension | Offices | Concept design
Drakeford Court, Stafford
Drakeford Court, Litchfield Road, Stafford, comprises 47 private sector retirement apartments on 4 floors with the usual communal facilities ie. warden, guest bedroom accommodation, communal lounge, laundry and battery store provision for wheelchairs The majority of the ground floor is given over to a Primary Care Unit providing accommodation for the local GP practice.
The GP accommodation comprises 7 Consulting rooms, 2 Treatment rooms, Chiropody, Physiotherapy, Social Worker, Health Promotion rooms and a mini operating theatre for Endoscopy procedures as well as other ancillary accommodation.
New Build | Special Residential | Health | Sheltered Housing
Barbour Paris Concept
Barbour Paris Retail
Acting for a long standing Client, TMA Architects were commissioned by Barbour to design a new flagship retail store for Barbour France in Paris.
The design utilises a palate of high quality materials including large mirrors, stainless steel, fossil limestone plinths and oak flooring and furnishings. The design was also used as the basis for a number of concessions within Paris department stores.
Retail | Fit Out | Concept Design
Segedunum Roman Fort Consolidations
Following a long association with Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives TMA Architects were appointed to carry out works on behalf of North Tyneside Council to carry out the design and project management of two consolidation projects within the Segedunum Roman Fort with lies at the eastern end of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.
The works involved the preservation and interpretation of a 50m section of Hadrian’s Wall at Buddle St originally excavated 20 years earlier and temporarily covered up and the recently rediscovered Roman Bath House foundations just outside the south west of the fort site.
The consolidation of the section of Hadrian’s Wall required Scheduled Monument Consent and the practice worked closely with the site Archaeologist, the English Heritage Inspector and specialist heritage contractor to ensure that the correct scope of works and specification of mortars were used.
The Roman Bath House remains were buried under a pub until 2013 when the pub was demolished and then excavated by volunteers over the following 2 year period. Up until that time drinkers in the Ship in Wallsend (known locally as the Ship in the Hole) had no idea they were just a few metres above the baths where 1800 years earlier Roman soldiers had been scrubbing their backs!
Due to the deep excavations down to the Roman level extensive gabion retaining structures also had to be constructed and drainage installed to prevent the site from flooding.
Hadrian's Wall Consolidation
Roman Bath House Consolidation
RICS Awards: Building Conservation - Finalist
Ancient Monument | World Heritage Site | Conservation | Consolidation
Corbridge Roman Bridge Rescue
Corbridge Roman Bridge Rescue
The reconstruction of the South Bridge Abutment to the former Roman Bridge that carried ‘Dere Street’ across the River Tyne at Corbridge.
Working for Tyne and Wear Museums, the project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage involved the excavation, recording, recovery and relocation of the stones of the road ramp retaining wall from the river bed to a safer place on the river bank where a permanent on-site display for public viewing was established. Siting was an issue as the stringent requirements of the Environment Agency had to be met due to the location being within the flood plain of the river.
Over 300 stone blocks up to 1.9 m in length with an average weight of one tonne have been recorded and analysed in conjunction with the archaeologists to determine the original appearance of the spectacular bridge - built not only to carry the main Roman road but also to proclaim the power of the Roman Empire.
Ancient Monument | Conservation | World Heritage Site
The People's Theatre has a reputation as 'the premier amateur theatre company in the North of England and one of the largest and oldest in the Country'.
The occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Theatre prompted the Theatre Group to look to the future and investigate how the facility could be improved over the coming years. The ability to meet the expectations of theatre group members, partners (RSC), hirers and wider audience is potentially under threat as the building becomes more and more outdated. Remodelling last took place in the early 80’s with the building of the Studio Theatre (90 seats) at high level to the rear of the main seating area and the rebuilding of the auditorium to give flexibility of use and to allow audiences of up to 300 or 500 seats.
To really enjoy the show there must be no distractions - a warm welcome, a healthy environment, good acoustics and with appropriate seating to keep the audience happy for the whole performance. The actors must also enjoy the benefits of a healthy environment.
Following investigation there were many issues to be addressed with Technical difficulties high on the agenda. For example to create a thrust stage requires the strength of five people to lift and move each section of the stage into position. Access to loading bays for deliveries is difficult. There are no lifts to enable access to the main and back of house areas. Access to lighting gantries is torturous and patching in of power supplies is challenging with risk of overloading existing supplies. Heating, lighting and electrical services are outdated and don’t meet current standards.
With these technical difficulties in mind TMA Architects produced a concept design to take the theatre into it’s next century by radically altering the layout to provide improved foyer and bar space with new lift access to the seating areas. The addition of new Green Room and Studio Theatre extensions provide new state of art facilities while freeing up space within the building for other uses. The roof over the Studio offers an exciting opportunity to create a new external bar terrace looking out over Jesmond Dene and the City Centre to the west.
A new right wing to the stage (none at present) is a small but crucial change that will transform productions and allow for more variety in stage performances.
By locating a new box office with access from the outside adjacent to the main road, ticket sales can be made outside of the normal theatre opening hours.
By simply including a new loading bay door, unloading of equipment and scenery construction can be transformed.
Theatre | Culture | Conversion | Extension | Concept Design
Gosforth Shopping Centre
Gosforth Shopping Centre
TMA Architects were appointed to carry out the refurbishment of the existing mall which was originally designed in the 1970’s and was greatly in need of refurbishment.
The works comprised the replacement of mall ceilings, retiling floors and upgrading pilasters between the retail units as well as associated alterations and upgrading of the M&E services.
Other works include the upgrading of adjacent external paving and landscaping and the preparation of designs and a feasibility study for replacing the existing entrances to the mall.
Retail | Alterations | Refurbishment