As thoughts turn to easing restrictions people are once again excited by the prospect of returning to historic visitor destinations. Listed buildings, with all their wonderful attributes, will have undergone many changes their lifetime – and may have to adapt again. Making changes to listed buildings is something Mosedale Gillatt Architects has gained an award winning reputation for in recent years – from converting a Grade II* lodge into their own contemporary offices, through to flagship projects for clients such as the National Trust and the Churches Conservation Trust.

Public listed buildings in a post Covid 19 future will need to address key areas, such as controlling the flow of visitors and staff whilst maintaining social distancing. Entry points, ticketing and reception areas can be pinch points – but a combination of good spatial planning and management can help alleviate these problems. In some cases, narrow corridors will present a distancing issue, and solutions might include a ‘one way’ system or creating a whole new route altogether by ‘re-opening’ former doorways or re purposing rooms.

Our team of Architects and Conservation Architects understand how listed buildings can be adapted, and the importance of making people feel confident about returning to experience them once again. Our expertise allows us to offer a quick and thorough assessment – helping balance requirements for safety with a visitor experience that can still generate revenue. Following a free initial consultation, we can provide efficient building strategies that can inform your future business plans – working remotely or in client teams to provide a range of solutions. Contact us to find out more on studio@mgarchitects.info.

Grade I listed building

After ten weeks of remote working we are now turning our thoughts to returning to our beautiful office space.

Mosedale Gillatt Architects are based in a Grade II* John Dobson designed gatehouse lodge and chapel. We used our experience in workspace design along with our team of Conservation Architects to create a light, contemporary workspace (with added crypt) that shows we truly believe in the value of bringing old buildings back into use. We are fortunate that our offices occupy the various rooms of the lodge as well as having our own parking and small garden, all within walking distance from the city centre.

Every building will have its own solution – and will be a mix of management as well as good design adaptions. In our office we have designed a layout that exceeds suggested guidance on spacing between workstations, giving staff added confidence as well as additional safety. The large open studio space (the former chapel) lends itself to an arrangement of desks around its perimeter, with the option of a separate access door. This gives us the opportunity to have a one-way system if needed.

As the success of our virtual meetings has increased, the demand for our meeting rooms has reduced and some have been adapted for more office space. In line with good practice external meetings can now be accommodated in our small but leafy garden surrounded by mature trees. With such a special office we know the Mosedale Gillatt team are looking forward to getting back to this unique workspace. We also know that everyone is going to have to rise to the challenge of ensuring that workspaces reassure as well as tempt their workers and visitors to venture out again.

For thoughts on how to adapt your office, contact us on studio@mgarchitects.info

 

Existing offices come in all different shapes and sizes – from modern open plan business units to quirky conversions or listed buildings. Our office at Mosedale Gillatt Architects is a Grade II* listed building that we converted a few years ago – but with careful thought has been surprisingly easy to adapt into a safer environment for a post Covid 19 world. We are now busy helping new clients adapt their offices and places of work – and these projects tell a similar story.

As government guidelines for returning staff to the workplace evolve, re-shaping the office environment can seem like a huge problem – but in many ways is actually a real opportunity. Open plan offices may not appear to be ideal for segregation – but can be easily adapted and offer a whole range of different solutions. Alternatively, buildings with many different rooms could also have benefits – they just need to be planned in a way that uses the space effectively. The role of building services is also changing and can play a key role.

Mosedale Gillatt Architects can help advise clients whatever their budget and timescale – whether it’s an opportunity for a strategic re-think on what they have, or a simple solution that needs to be delivered quickly. Taking the time now to plan this process can help your business stay ahead of the curve, whilst keeping the costs of implementation to a minimum.

Feeling good and feeling safe about where we work or visit is important, for both staff wellbeing and business productivity. Contact us now to hear how we can help you studio@mgarchitects.info

 

With us all spending so much more time at home in recent weeks we’ve all had to get used to using our spaces differently – whether it’s setting up extra office space or a place for home-schooling. Many people are turning their minds to re-thinking how their house might work better for them in the longer-term – by making a more permanent workspace, or just craving a bit more personal space to do whatever it is that keeps them going. This might be an extension for a home gym or cinema, a flexible studio space or an office to work from home. At Mosedale Gillatt Architects we have been carrying out virtual consultations with a number of clients, helping them to develop their ideas online. It’s quick, easy and effective – and often starts with the client sharing a video ‘walk through’ of the property. The first consultation is free, and with agreement we then go on to finalise the brief and prepare sketches – we share these drawings on screen and talk them through.

Our first meeting is about listening and understanding – you will have already been thinking about what you need to do – now you just need to test your ideas out! We can help you plan and deliver your needs remotely, and help you bring in other expertise as you need it.

Many people with listed buildings think that a contemporary extension isn’t possible – but because Mosedale Gillatt are recognised for our expertise as both Architects and Conservation Architects we have successfully won planning approval for listed and existing houses, as these images show.

For a free initial consultation contact us now on 0191 281 4802 or studio@mgarchitects.info.

Sometimes a photo does not do a building justice, and in the case of the restoration of a fully working water-powered corn mill that is definitely true!

The wheels are now turning at Warwick Bridge Corn Mill following extensive repair and conservation, and these videos are but a glimpse of how the building and machinery have been brought back to life.

Mosedale Gillatt Architects are proud to have been part of this amazing journey.

 

It’s been a busy 6 months on site since we first let you know that works had commenced at Seaton Delaval Hall in December last year. The work being carried out as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded project covers much of the site and although we’ve been sharing regular updates, we thought it timely to provide a round up of what’s been happening;

You can’t miss the fact that extensive works to the West Wing have begun. The sheeted scaffold protecting this precious roof structure is now a prominent feature on the skyline for miles around. The existing bitumen felt roof has been stripped to expose the historic timbers, and we are in the process of surveying the condition of the oak trusses and masonry. This has been a complex process, with evidence of historic fire damage and later repairs across the building. We are working closely with the National Trust and Archaeologists to ensure that we retain as much of the historic fabric as possible.

Construction of the all important cafe at the Brewhouse is at the halfway point, and the form of the new roof structure and walls can be clearly seen.  This is a key element of the project, and National Trust have already begun recipe testing to establish the new menu for opening.

Works to the Bastions and Haha structures have progressed significantly. Much of the work will be concealed when the repairs are finished, but the structural interventions will ensure that these significant elements of the planned landscape will remain standing for many years to come. The North East and South East Bastions have been carefully reinforced below ground level with ring beam structures, and sections of unstable masonry have been rebuilt. These just await final landscaping before being complete, and you can view works to the North West Bastion as part of your visit currently.

The works to the Walled Gardens are most visible through the careful dismantling and re-build of the West Wall, and the installation of new buttresses along the North Wall. However further work is planned across the full elevations to consolidate the walls fully.

Exciting new path networks can now be seen emerging across the site and Studio Hardie’s structures for play and interpretation are being installed. The wider landscape proposals (based on the 1781 estate plan) play an important role in bringing together all the buildings and other features on the site, and visitors can now start to appreciate this.

All in all, it’s been a busy time at Seaton Delaval. However, this is only the first 6 months of an 18 month project. We’ll keep you updated on progress, here’s to the next 6 months!

 

If you want to take a closer look, the site remains open for visitors Friday – Sunday and you can find out more about what the National Trust are up to on their website

2018 has been a great year with a wealth of projects to keep us busy, all of which mean that 2019 is looking to follow on in a very similar manner.

Whilst we raid the last remaining mince pies in the office, we’d just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all here at Mosedale Gillatt Architects, see you in 2019!

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Work has just started on one of the largest National Trust construction projects ever seen in the North of England. As Conservation Architect and Lead Consultant we are pleased to be involved with this nationally important project. Seaton Delaval Hall closed to the public at the beginning of November to allow work to begin across a range of buildings and structures on the site. Exciting proposals for new cafe, landscape and play schemes are to be implemented as part of the wider scheme. The site will re-open in February 2019, however the repair and renewal process will continue until Summer 2020 meaning that you can see the conservation works up close as they progress.

You can keep up to date with progress on their website here.