This competition winning scheme for Clare Castle Country Park has been submitted for stage 2 Heritage Lottery Funding. Our proposals include the repair and renovation of the railway Goods Shed, as well as interventions into the medieval landscape. The scheme requires Scheduled Ancient Monument as well as Listed Building permission.
“Given the physical stature of the building, the intelligence of the architectonic solution, the grace and subtlety of the architectural language and the pallet of proposed materials and detailing, [we] can be confident that this is a building which will, justifiably, rank itself with the major religious buildings of Europe.” C.Boyle QC
The 6 hectare post-industrial site in East London, is highly contaminated and poorly connected to the surroundings. Channel Sea River to the East, the tube line to the south and a raised sewer to the north east effectively isolate the triangular site. Our proposals for a large mosque for c. 9500 worshippers, including a visitors centre, Islamic library, and refectory will transform the site – opening it up to the public for recreation and leisure. The future development of neighbouring sites is also promoted through the provision of a new vehicular link across the site. Pedestrian routes within the site anticipate the arrival of the FAT walk and new connections to West Ham and Bromley-By-Bow.
Rivington Street in East London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan area of the city. Proposals to transforms a space hidden between the raised railway line and warehouses will add to its vitality. The site’s only aspect to the street is via a discrete timber door, hence the gallery will be an internalised, roof lit space split into four areas to accommodate the various parts of the brief; gallery, showroom, ancillary accommodation and storage.
The site for the public toilet lies at a key junction along a new public footpath linking the heart of Gravesend to public parkland to the south. The brief was to provide a new toilet facility on the edge of a car park within the Lord Street / Parrock Street regeneration area. The mass concrete roof is separated from the tile-clad, concrete block walls by a continuous glazed clerestory; achieving a visual tension in the composition between architectural elements and allowing all internal spaces to be naturally lit. Structure is set away from the external wall to emphasise this separation. The design achieves a building that functions both as a landmark structure and as an efficiently planned toilet facility, housed within a sculptural form.
Kent Design Award 2007:
Winner of the Best Small Project in the Public Building Category
Abbey House is the most well-preserved medieval dwelling in private hands in Cambridge. Nicholas Ray Associates were commissioned by Cambridge City Council to prepare feasibility studies prior to its sale on the open market. Subsequently we worked for the new owners, the Windhorse Trust, and undertook repair work and insertion of a new dormer window and staircase to the attic rooms. Covenants held on the property by the National Trust meant that our work was subject to scrutiny from their panel as well as from conservation officers and the inspector from English Heritage.
We worked with the artist Issam Kourbaj and John Harris, and the structural engineer Philip Cooper, on this proposal for a new spire on the tower of Great St Mary’s church, Cambridge. The spire was to contain a camera obscura to allow distant views of the surrounding landscape. Edward Blore had proposed such a spire in the 19th century, but this would have been a temporary installation, conceived as part of the University’s 800th anniversary celebrations. The RIBA Journal reported enthusiastically on the proposals in October 2006, in an article entitled “Scuse me while I kiss the sky”.
Detailed investigations of the octagonal towers of the church, one of which contains a spiral staircase, revealed that it was impossible to insert a second stair in any of the other towers, and this made it too difficult to gain access for the numbers of visitors necessary to make the project financially viable.