As award winning Architects, Playle & Partners LLP focus on delivering a high quality service with commitment to our Clients at the forefront of our ethos. We are a highly motivated and creative team who produce a genuine multi-skilled service as required by the Client.
The architectural team is led by Jon Badcock, Partner and Associates, Hayley Poynter and Sarah Primarolo. Hayley and Sarah are both ambitious and energetic architects who have successfully led and delivered many successful schemes to the satisfaction of their Clients. Both are also Chartered members of the RIBA and registered with the ARB.
A niche aspect of our architecture team is the broad range of experience held by the core members. This is supplemented by the close working relationships with the other disciplines within Playle & Partners LLP. This ultimately means there is a wealth of knowledge and added value available to the core design team.
As a multi-disciplinary consultancy we have the benefit of immediate dialogue between teams and discussions concerning projects both formally and informally. This collaborative approach allows immediate sharing of knowledge, benefitting the delivery, implementation and quality of each project that we undertake. All our Clients benefit from the added value of our architects who have better understanding of cost control, health and safety risks and building maintenance due to this overall business structure.
We are a strong advocate for collaboration and utilising BIM processes that will support the team and Client with increased efficiency, value and accuracy on projects. Successful implementation of BIM will assist in the delivery of the contract through reduced project risk, reduced waste and through avoiding issues such as lack of coordination which can lead to cost or health & safety implications.
We are employed for single services or for the complete design and management of new build, extension and refurbishment projects. Our services include:
- Design – initial designs leading up to a planning application
- Planning applications – guiding through this often fraught process
- Detailed design – ensuring our designs meet the clients full needs
- Construction drawings – making sure the contractors will know exactly what is required
- Building surveys – particularly of listed buildings
- Feasibility studies – advising on the best options
- Specifications or Employer’s Requirements – ensuring that the quality of workmanship and materials are not left to chance
- Tendering – and getting the right builder for the job
- On-site – acting as Contract Administrator on conventional contracts or as Employer’s Agents on Design & Build and Partnering Contracts
- Managing the construction through conventional contracts or Design & Build
Working for both the private and public clients, our team have a broad range of experience in the following sectors:
Education – our success in education projects depends upon a complete understanding of the sometimes conflicting needs of our client groups – principals, governors, teaching staff and pupils – and meeting them to the highest standards. Our wide ranging experience in schools, colleges, and nurseries helps us to add value at every stage, taking responsibility for the successful, timely and cost effective completion of the projects we are involved in. We have designed a number of classroom extensions, a new nursery school, new reception areas and a number of fabric repairs projects and kitchen refits.
Housing – Our team has over 30 years experience of working on the design of new and refurbished housing. At Playle & Partners, we have undertaken a wide range of both new build and refurbishment projects for a number of Housing Associations and private clients.
Community Buildings – for many types of community building, we are experienced with working with a wide range of people, particularly at the early stages, and ensuring that all views are noted and reflected in the design brief and ultimately in the completed building. Our designs have included extensions to a community centre, extensions and refurbishment to church halls, improvement works to a number of public libraries and the conversion and refurbishment of a disused library to a community youth facility.
Listed Buildings – successful design for listed buildings requires special skills. We are well used to working with Planning Officers, Conservation Officers and English Heritage in order to negotiate the optimum solution for our clients. Much of our work in this area has concentrated on public buildings including extensions, improvements and refurbishment of both listed schools and libraries. Our approach is to maximise the use of space within the structure, and when extensions and interventions are required, to carry them out in a clean and modern way which does not detract from the character of the listed building.
Designing for the Disabled – for many years we have specialised in designing and overseeing the construction of adaptations for the disabled. Working closely with our clients and their medical advisors, we take responsibility for the total project from feasibility through to managing the construction work involved. In addition, we have designed a number of purpose built houses and bungalows specifically for wheelchair users.