Next Project ? : Todays site visit

Photos taken this afternoon, from what hopefully will be one of 3, new build, contemporary 'upside down', passive houses. Our initial site visit last week was moody, stormy, electric! Today's transformation was beautiful, vivid and inspiring. These houses will have to be something special indeed! More information to follow. 

 

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Site Sign

We visited one of our sites in Penylan Cardiff today where we are working in conjunction with the excellent Precision Construction. We designed a new billboard to go up at each site we collaborate on and I think you'll agree that they look fantastic!

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Pencisely Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff

Believe it or not we are only into the fifth week of the complete renovation and development of this beautiful Victorian House in Pontcanna. 

After day 3 most of the old rear extensions and internal walls were demolished and removed from site. 

 Out with the old.....

Out with the old.....

On the third week, all the steels were hoisted into position, making the house appear to float delicately In mid air! What a wonderful sight: exposing the guts of the house and Inserting a new, slender skeleton. 

 Amazing work on site.

Amazing work on site.

‘Precision Construction Wales’, are undertaking a sterling job: what a fabulously dedicated team of skilled trades people!

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The new contemporary flat roof has 3 enormous bespoke roof lights and full height, high spec, glass sliding doors at 3m tall, that wrap around the new structure, held only by a slim, round, steel post located inside the far corner. Beautiful design by our engineers and design team! 

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Well I think from yesterday’s site visit, this may be a record for getting a project in on time! ....We will keep you updated. 

Glen 

GTA Redesigns YMCA Homeless Shelter, Cardiff

Five months ago, Glen Thomas Architecture volunteered its services to design and project manage a complete makeover for the Cardiff branch of the YMCA shelter for the homeless.

The building was in a state of disrepair. The rooms, used by the residents for cooking, computer research stations and sitting areas were dark and damp with loose wallpaper and blown render, moldy carpets and out-dated furniture.

The tricky part was the fact that due to cutbacks, there was no budget!

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Before

The brief was to design a series of clean, light contemporary spaces that would be comfortable to use, encourage relationship development between users and staff and inspire the residents to use the facilities in a positive way that ultimately would assist their goals to find work and a home.

Glen Thomas Architecture sought the help of several trades people / companies, who we work with on other projects, and a huge thanks goes out to the following :

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SIGMA3 KITCHENS for supplying a new fitted kitchen and office furniture - free of charge!!!

R J BUILDING SOLUTIONS (Ray Jones) for offering its plasterer / decorators free of charge

PRECISION CONSTRUCTION for offering its carpenters free of charge

QUALITY CARPETS for supply and fitting stunning new flooring throughout for no profit

It’s been a very rewarding collaborative project where ourselves, the tradespeople and also, most importantly, the residents, all pulled together to create a wonderful environment.

Our team met some of the residents who have been training to work in the building trade and happily donated their time to realise the project with us.

The project was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on ** by Councillor Lynda Thorne and the YMCA Chief Executive Andrew Templeton, where an extremely touching and memorable speech was given by one of the residents who was involved with the work, who summed up exactly what the YMCA service and the makeover, meant to him.

 Ceremony and the team

Ceremony and the team

We would like to thank everyone who was involved and hope that the new spaces are as rewarding to everyone who gets to use them as it was for us to create them.

New Staff

A new team member!

Glen Thomas Architecture welcomes a new member of staff, Richard Wood, who joined us on the 14th of May. Richard is going to take on the role of Office / Creative Manager, for the company. Richard comes from a 15 year background in photography, web and brand building, PR and marketing. He has worked with major record labels, PR companies, comedians and his photography work has featured internationally.

We are confident that Richard will be a great asset to the team.

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Exciting new project for the Cardiff Homeless charity YMCA

Glen Thomas Architecture revamps old and tired YMCA resource centre, Cardiff

We have been asked to design and project manage the interior of the old YMCA building in Cardiff. 

The proposal seeks to create a bright, contemporary and inspiring environment for the residents and staff. 

Modern furniture and fittings, a new floor and bold YMCA logo/ colours, will completely change the current dark drab interior and provide an exciting, minimalist, modern resource space for the homeless to engage in positive activities and assist them in sourcing avenues in getting work and a perminant roof over their heads. 

Glen Thomas Architecture, is proud to be involved. We will post before and after pictures in the coming few weeks. A huge thanks to local suppliers and trades who, together with our practice, have kindly volunteered their time and resources. 

Watch this space for more news....

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Our New Office Space !

Our new office!

Finally in and up and running, it’s still a shell but has a spacious bright loft/ warehouse feel to it that I love. Can’t wait to get decorating and making the desks / concrete ping pong table! Painting the front external wall with our new logo... installing some huge wall monitors and sound system. But for the moment, I feel like a child in his new den!!

With the planned expansion this year, we now have the space for technicians, admin staff and a client meeting area.

Exciting times ahead.

GT

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An exciting week !

We are proud to announce that GLEN THOMAS ARCHITECTURE has won 2 new exciting projects this week :

A large new build contemporary eco-home in the countryside & a modern house development in the City.

Both schemes will be an enormous challenge due their surroundings, but with the enthused, radical-thinking clients we have, a challenge we will relish!

We will keep you updated....

 

 

Glen Thomas Architecture's latest project : THE STATION HOUSES

Here are the first few images of our recent housing development in Aberthaw.

2 new build, contemporary dwellings, with burnt Larch cladding, concrete walls, Zinc roofs and frameless glass detailing.

The 2 houses are sunken into the plot behind a tall retaining wall and have the most incredible South facing views across the mountains surrounding East Aberthaw. 

More pictures to follow.....