Burgh Island Causeway

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Client
Location
Bigbury on Sea, Devon
Photography
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Bigbury on Sea, Devon to provide them with a full design service for their structural and cosmetic refurbishment of the apartment building, including new balcony structures to the seaward facing elevation..

Constructed in the 1990’s, these apartments required considerable maintenance and upgrading to secure their continued use and lifespan. Areas of the timber balconies showed signs of considerable deterioration, and the client’s brief was to remove these and replace them with new, contemporary structures.

Durability was key to the design, with marine grade finished steel, composite timber cladding finishes, glass and stainless steel fixings used. The natural slate roof was replaced with composite slate, that allows low-pitched roof surfaces and provides long-term warranty protection. Each apartment now enjoys panoramic views of burgh island and the Bigbury coastline. Construction was completed in 2017.

Architecture and building works was something we had not done before and we found Van Ellen and Sheryn easy to work with and very professional, going beyond what was required to make the whole thing straight forward and trouble free.

I wanted to convert an old conservatory into a usable space for all year round use. Van Ellen gave very good initial advice about what options were available to us with regards to the architectural work and costs. Then once we had agreed on a plan were excellent at giving us ideas based on what we thought, but added numerous options of theirs. They then gave us clear drawings of the different options and a smooth transition through the planning permission. They gave us numerous recommended contractors, material ideas, and even helped afterwards when the contractors had more technical questions at no extra cost.

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