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Whether smaller scale retail projects or master planning of large industrial developments, Rees Pryer Architects have the skills to design and manage each scheme appropriately. The Practice prides itself on assessing the individual demands of both project and location and being able to build on this to produce responsive architectural solutions. The growing pressures in both commercial and environmental terms are leading to the need to develop more innovative and responsible solutions.

Our experience ranges in scale from the sensitivity required to deal with the alterations and refurbishment of a grade II listed retail premises to the specialist complexity of large scale food production facilities. It also includes an exhibition building near Cambridge that uses low carbon technologies, construction techniques and materials in an exemplar building to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

CURRENT PROJECTS

The Practice continues to work in a variety of sectors with a range of new and existing Clients. Imagination, use of resources, environmental responsibility all form key considerations in developing our schemes. No two projects are ever the same and so no two solutions should be either.

These schemes include:
A variety of scale and type of affordable housing projects, commercial, storage and retail buildings, community, educational and sports facilities.

EDUCATION AND LEISURE:

Over a considerable period of time the Practice has been involved in the education sector working on both new build and alteration schemes at establishments ranging from nurseries to upper schools. This includes completing an award winning Sixth Form Centre at a leading independent school as part of a continuing relationship with the Client – something that the Practice prides itself upon. Environmental performance improvements to existing buildings is another key area for recent projects.

As well as education, Rees Pryer Architects have worked very successfully in the leisure sector, with such projects ranging from public houses and visitor attractions to the unusual challenges of accommodation for giraffes, rhino and zebra!

RESIDENTIAL:

The Practice has always had a strong grounding in the design and delivery of housing. Whether an individual project for a private Client or a large scale complex scheme for a Registered Social Landlord, every project is considered on its own merits and a site specific solution developed.

Each project aims to make the most of the opportunity it offers – to consider its context, its impact and its contribution to its setting.

The best use of resources such as natural light, materials and energy are key to the creation of a successful project.

 
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Recent completions
15 Jul 2016

It has been a very busy week!

Official opening of the new accommodation at Jubilee House for the Seckford Foundation by Clare Countess of Euston

Jubilee House, Seckford Almshouses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completion of new manufacturing building at Omar Homes in Brandon

Omar Homes, Brandon



Busy start to the new year
03 Feb 2016

There has been a really busy and exciting start to this new year with a number of projects starting on site and several new commissions.

Improvement works to entrances and communal areas at three sheltered housing schemes are all now on site along with extension and alterations to a fourth.

Seckford Almshouses, Woodbridge

 



Revit Training
27 Jan 2016

Three days of Revit training for the team were completed this week as the first step in adopting building information modelling (BIM) for future projects.

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Switch to new smart metering
30 Jun 2015

We will be switching to new smart energy metering during the period of 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday 30th June.

During that time we will have some disruption to our telephone and IT systems but hopefully we will be back up and running very quickly, even more efficiently than before!



Public Consultation for School Project
16 Jun 2015

A public consultation has taken place at Southend High School for Boys to show proposals for a planned expansion.

The proposed new building will provide two storeys of accommodation at the heart of the School including Sixth Form study and research areas, library, new classrooms and pastoral care facilities.  The Practice is working with PCH Associates in developing the scheme with a view to making a planning application later this month.

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Rees Pryer Architects are recruiting
08 Jun 2015

We are currently looking for a motivated and friendly Part I / Part II student to join our award winning team during the summer working on a variety of exciting projects.

The role will be to support the team in producing information for projects ranging from education to commercial to residential.  Candidates will need to be proficient in AutoCAD LT 2015, SketchUp and Photoshop, but most importantly willing to 'muck in'!

If you are interested then email a copy of your latest CV to rp@reespryer.co.uk



RIBA Suffolk Award win
15 May 2015

The Practice is delighted that the housing scheme at Aldrich Place, Mill Street, Mildenhall has won an RIBA Suffolk Craftsmanship Award at the annual ceremony held at Trinity Park last night.

The project for Havebury Housing Partnership provides twelve affordable homes through the conversion of a listed building and construction of new houses and apartments on this tight, town centre site.  The contractor was SEH French of Ipswich.

Dating in part from the 16th century, these semi-derelict, historic buildings have now been sympathetically restored using appropriate, traditional methods of construction including replacement oak timber frames, sheeps wool insulation, traditional lath and lime plaster finishes, flint work, clunch wall repairs and extensive re-roofing including new timbers and dormers to the street elevation.  The majority of the buildings were re-roofed using a mix of reclaimed and new clay tiles.  Previous generations of painting over the brickwork were cleaned off to expose the original ‘white’ bricks made at a local brickworks.

The original materials influenced the palette for the new and this all combines well with the contemporary form of the new build elements.  These also utilise a number of traditional construction methods, creating a variety of modern, adaptable living spaces.

The scheme creates a new connection between the high street and the church yard of St Marys Parish Church providing a safe public access through a mews court.  This improved access has had a positive effect on the high street, improving its accessibility to local residents

The commitment from Havebury, the consultant and contractor teams to the scheme shows how historic buildings can make high quality, unique affordable homes.

 



Station Yard project making progress
21 Apr 2015

Work for Havebury Housing Partnership's scheme at Station Yard Thetford is now well underway.

The project sees an existing train shed being converted to create six new apartments as well as the building of four new houses onto Canterbury Way.  

The site poses several challenges such as how to create high quality, affordable modern homes out of a disused industrial building, the proximity of the railway station, a steeply sloping site and very constrained boundaries.  The design was developed through close working with Morrish Consulting Engineers.  Needham Contracts are the main contractor.

station yard thetford havebury housing partnership

 



UK Housing Awards 2015
09 Mar 2015

MILL STREET, MILDENHALL PROJECT SHORTLISTED FOR THE UK HOUSING AWARDS 2015

 

Rees Pryer Architects has been shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards 2015 along with fellow project team members Havebury Housing Partnership, Orwell Housing Association, Tillyards, Andrew Firebrace Partnership and contractor SEH French.

The awards, which recognise outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities, are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine.

Now in their 19th year, this year’s awards attracted more than 250 entries from all over the UK.

Suffolk architects Rees Pryer is now one of eight left in the running for the Outstanding development of the year - up to 24 homes.

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel on 21 April. The awards are sponsored by Campbell Tickell, Capsticks, CHAS, Higgins, The Housing Contact, ISOS, Locality Solutions, Morgan Sindall, NHBC and Viridian Housing.

CIH interim chief executive Gavin Smart said: “The UK Housing Awards recognise the great work being done by housing professionals and organisations across the industry, but they also push us all to do better as a sector.  We hope the achievements of our finalists will inspire others as they aim to provide the best possible services for residents and communities.

“Congratulations to all of the organisations that have been shortlisted, and best of luck for the ceremony – win or lose your work will help inspire us all to improve.”    

Emma Maier, editor of Inside Housing, said: “The quality of the entries rose again this year so even to get this far is an amazing achievement. In the face of some really stiff competition, the Mill Street project has shown it is performing at the highest level - well done!”



Shortlist UK Housing Awards
20 Feb 2015

Mill Street housing scheme in Mildenhall for Havebury Housing Partnership has been shortlisted for Outstanding Development of up to 24 dwellings in the UK Housing Awards 2015

 

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/events/awards/uk-housing-awards



Recently completed housing schemes in Norwich
04 Feb 2015

The second small site of affordable housing completed with Orwell Housing Association is now occupied with the third due for completion in March.

The sites, a series of former garage sites across the city, are providing a range of apartments and houses on behalf of Norwich City Council.

The latest to complete is this scheme of two and three bedroom houses in Bland Road achieving Code for Sustainable Homes level 4.

 



New Housing Schemes in Essex
13 Jan 2015

The first scheme forming part of a mini-masterplan of sites in Kelvedon for Greenfields Community Housing has been granted planning consent.

A number of sites across the village were identified for providing a mix of new affordable homes replacing a variety of former 'Unity' dwellings that are no longer viable for upgrading to modern standards. Planning applications have been submitted to Braintree Disctrict Council for all five sites.

In total the schemes look to provide 27 new flats, 36 houses and 3 bungalows and form part of Greenfields' 2015-18 programme for development under the Affordable Homes Programme from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

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Announcement
18 Dec 2014

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Ian Pryer passed away on Monday 15th December.

Ian was a founding partner in the practice, as well as valued colleague and father to Jane and will be greatly missed by us all.



Eco refurbishment project, Bury St Edmunds
07 Nov 2014

Design work is now underway on an exciting eco-refurbishment project in Bury St Edmunds.

A 1960's house will be completely transformed visually and environmentally to create an efficient, modern and spacious new home. 

eco-refurb project bury st edmunds



Launch of the new Rees Pryer Architects' website
05 Nov 2014

Welcome to the new Rees Pryer Architects' website!

Thanks to all the hard work from Top Dog Digital the new site brings us right up to date with all our latest projects, current work and news in a responsive format across all platforms.



New Sports Pavilion completed
03 Nov 2014

Monday saw the opening of the new sports pavilion at Cedars Upper School, Leighton Buzzard.  

Working alongside project managers PCH Associates, the scheme designed by Rees Pryer provides four new team changing rooms, facilities for staff and match officials, a new classroom and function room as well as a boat store for the canoe club.  The building is positioned to give access to both the main playing fields as well as the recently completed 3G pitches.

 

 

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Bury Town sponsorship
18 Oct 2014

Rees Pryer Architects were proud to sponsor Bury Town Football Club in their Ryman League Premier division match against East Thurrock United on 18th October.

Unfortunately even our support couldn't help achieve a Bury Town win, East Thurrock edging the game 1-0.

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