Built in the time of Queen Victoria's Jubilee, Queens Chambers overlooks Nottingham's historic Market Square. Watson Fothergill designed the building as shops and offices for a prominent local wine merchant. Rayner Davies were commissioned to convert the upper floors into high specification apartments for the private rental sector. The result is 7 two bed units, all with stunning interiors and fabulous views over the heart of Nottingham.
The London Pre School Company selected Rayner Davies to assist them in the delivery of a number of new facilities, in central London. The first to complete and open, The Wandsworth Pre School, demonstrates the company’s ethos in physical form. A commitment to quality education is demonstrated by a commitment to a quality environment. Converted from commercial space below a substantial residential development, the project was completed and opened within four months.
Norwich Union House is a five storey building on the south side of the historic Old Market Square in central Nottingham. It was built in the mid 1960's as a mixed use retail and office complex. In recent years the office spaces had started to become classed as poor, not benefiting from the technologies available in more modern developments, and as such much of the space was vacant.
Rayner Davies were asked to prepare a scheme of redevelopment, converting the office floors to student accommodation. The result is an 88 bed development arranged as cluster flats. The ground floor retail spaces remain.
In addition to the internal alterations, the building was overhauled externally with new windows and repairs to the concrete frame.
Rayner Davies worked with Leonard Design Architects in remodelling the retail facade.
The London Pre School aims to create state-of-the-art preschools which go beyond Ofstead’s requirements, aiming to the highest quality possible for both the education offer and the buildings themselves.
Each layout takes its own site-specific form, while following functional, safety, efficiency and technical needs. The client’s Schedule of Accommodation is the only common denominator to the projects.
All the projects are in heavily residential areas and careful and each time multi-topic parameters have been considered, such as noise and traffic impact.
The Muswell Hill project refurbishes the whole of a mostly-vacant locally listed building.
The Winchmore Hill project is a change of use with a core infill.
The Finchley project is a new construction which sits in a heavily green site, a conservation area and with considerable ground level changes.
The Crouch End project is a change-of-use with two-storey extensions.
Front Façadeof Tetherdown Hall (Muswell Hill)
Tetherdown Hall, ground floor construction
Winchmore Hill, central courtyard construction
Winchmore Hill, Proposed Site Plan
Winchmore Hill, Proposed Front Elevation and Proposed Site Elevation
Winchmore Hill, construction details
Crouch End, massing study
Finchley, Proposed North Elevation
Finchley, new-build construction site
Multi-Unit Residential Developments
L A Fitness
Various L A Fitnesses location across the West Coast.
The projects spanned from conception to completion and handover.
Most projects were new build but some projects were a consistent refurbishment of an existing building.
Renovation of an existing high-rise building in Dallas, Texas, consisting of commercial space at the ground floor and luxury apartments in the upper floors, with multi-level parking included.
Dallas, Texas. Status: completed. Designer, C2K Architecture, USA
Dalla Rosa-Prati Palace
These are two separate projects within the same historical Palazzo Dalal Rosa-Prati: private apartment; suites for rent. Both include conservation and adaptive reuse design.
The private apartment project prioritizes the conservation of all the building’s components – among other elements, several wall and ceiling decorations are present. Little or nothing of the existing fabric will be removed, but the existent structure will be reinforced and the interior disposition adapted to the new layout. The design includes interior design as well as architectural and constructive details for furniture and pavements.
The suites project creates adaptable and comfortable suites in what is one of the most unique locations in Parma. The suites have a flexible layout designed in order to be used separately or grouped two-by-two, allowing different options of use while maintaining privacy.
Current location of the Noble Family ‘Dalla Rosa – Prati’, which has its roots in XV century Parma, the building is located in the very historical center on the Cathedral Square, viewing the Cathedral and next of the Baptistery (photo below. One of the most important medieval architectures in Italy, commissioned in the late XII century to world famous master Benedetto Antelami). The building is listed in the Historic Landmarks Register, therefore any intervention has to be overviewed from the Historic Landmarks Commission.
The design is a complex interior restoration and adaptive reuse of the historical Palazzo delle Poste for three new destinations: residences for rent; Credit Swiss Bank branch; a store.
Residenze del Teatro. The apartments are high quality but affordable while being located in the very center of the city. Studio, duplex or two-room apartments are distributed on four floors and suit a wide range of customers (e.g.: one or more people, tourists or visiting professionals). The Credit Swiss bank branch of Parma, both the public and private activities, is relocated to the present location, requiring specific features for comfort, security and functional reasons. The Clothing Store design adapts the existing rooms to host the store’s different functions. This requires particular features but open spaces, already existent at the ground floor and easily adaptable through reversible modifications.
The design leads to the complete restoration of the existing structure, respecting the significance of both the whole complex and the single elements. The building is listed in the Historic Landmarks Register, therefore any intervention has to be overviewed from the Historic Landmarks Commission (in Italy, “Regional Board of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Environmental Conservation”). The design will ensure the integrity of the architectural peculiarities, balancing the relationship between the new functional destination and the building’s conservation. An extensive, comparative study has been done about the analysis of its original peculiarities, in order to define both the general guidelines and the details of this new design.
Parma (IT) Status: Credit Swiss completed. Store completed. Residences in progress. Leading designer, Studio Conforti, Parma, Italy.
The project is divided into two parts: the design of new apartments in the top three floors and the extension of Benetton’s store to the remaining floors.
Benetton‘s project sees the extension of the store from two to five floors, with a different arrangement of the floors' destination, as well as mandatory modifications to ensure the accessibility to people with disabilities. The design of the new apartment’s focuses on adapting the floors to a new appropriate disposition, guaranteeing an optimal livability and an interesting organization of the space, creating big-size luxurious apartments, located in the very city center. The design, as a whole, ensures the integrity of the architectural features, balancing the relationship between the new functional destinations and the building's conservation.
The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, therefore any intervention has to be overviewed by the Historic Landmarks Commission (in Italy, “Superintendency”).
Location: Parma, Italy. Status: completed, 2012. Collaboration with Studio Conforti, Parma, Italy
The restoration design is very elaborate, given the singular location in the historical center and along the riverfront, its size, the garden, the adjoining buildings. The design adapts the former convent (no longer in use) into different-sized apartments, with the appropriate disposition guaranteeing optimal livability, with big size luxurious apartments.
The building is listed in the Historic Landmarks Register, therefore any intervention has to be overviewed from the Historic Landmarks Commission (in Italy, “Regional Board of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Environmental Conservation”). The design will ensure the integrity of the architectural peculiarities, balancing the relationship between the new functional destination and the building’s conservation. An extensive, comparative study has been done about the analysis of its original peculiarities, in order to define both the general guidelines and the details of this new design.
Parma (IT) Status: on hold. Designer, Studio Conforti, Parma, Italy