News : 2010

Dec 2010

Web site launch

Ayshford Sansome has invested in a new website which was launched on the 15th December 2010, as well as re-designed literature, to better reflect its strengths and skills and to showcase the most exciting recent projects.

The new site includes client case studies, images by the architectural photographer Andrew Hatfield [see] and more information on the practice’s award-winning approach to creating well-functioning buildings.

The intention is to follow the first wave of new materials with a quarterly mailshot keeping clients, associate companies and friends abreast of practice news as well as key industry developments from the begining of 2011 onwards.

Posted in: Press

Dec 2010

Mercedes Benz top dealership

Ayshford Sansome has transformed the UK’s top-performing Mercedes dealership at Brentford into a showcase for the global brand with a stunning new look. The dealership is seen by 136,000 drivers daily and was radically refurbished in three phases over 14 months, allowing the business to remain fully operational throughout.

The landmark site –alongside the elevated M4/ Great West Road into London – now features the UK’s first multi-car display tower and competes head to head with the Audi HQ next door, yet it was designed and constructed with a fraction of the budget and built form.

Posted in: Projects

Nov 2010

Salvation Army Harlow

Ayshford Sansome has given an entire group of buildings a new lease of life when they could so easily have been pulled down and replaced. The Salvation Army’s Corps buildings in Harlow have been completely renovated, reconfigured, re-insulated and re-clad – literally reborn – as part of a very cost-effective refurbishment to meet the Corps’ future needs. The works completed in November included: a small extension to improve efficient use of existing facilities; fitting of new low-maintenance double-glazed window units; insulation to the latest standards; and replacing the original external cedar cladding. Harlow is one of several projects the practice has been working on for the charity within the region.

Posted in: Projects

Nov 2010

J’s Hospice in Gold Challenge tie up

As part of its planned support for J’s Hospice throughout 2011, Ayshford Sansome has recently signed up for the UK’s Gold Challenge, one of the main sport legacies for the London 2012 Olympics. The practice is now actively planning multiple activities for the new year to raise funds both directly and through Gold Challenge to help the charity, which offers respite and hospice care for 18 to 40 years olds with life-limiting conditions in Essex.

The picture shows TV presenter Konnie Huq at the Gold Challenge launch at Lord’s Cricket Ground with J’s staff and Phil Read, partner at Ayshford Sansome [far right].

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Posted in: Charities

Nov 2010

Top of the class

After 3 years at Coventry University Ayshford Sansomes Tom Lodge received his degree in Architectural Design Technology achieving a First class with Honours!!!

What’s more, Tom – along with 5 fellow students each from different disciplines – won the Deeley Prize, Coventry University’s best group project. The project required the group to design and programme a community centre in the outskirts of Coventry City.

Tom Lodge commented ‘ASA supported me through-out my course and I don’t think I could have achieved such fabulous marks without their guidance and encouragement.’

Posted in: Awards, People

Nov 2010

Student of the year 2010

Leading architectural practice Ayshford Sansome has today announced the first winner of an annual award the practice is sponsoring to encourage students to develop their interest in a future career in the construction sector. The award is being given to a student attending Prospects College, Basildon – a key provider of vocational and construction industry training in South Essex and Thames Gateway.

George Gorobcenco, a year 11 student at James Hornsby School, Basildon has been named Student of the Year 2010 for his college work on the ‘Construction and the Built Environment’ diploma. George [shown below right] was presented with his award by Philip Read from Ayshford Sansome, who along with several other construction industry professionals in the region helped design the two year course for year 10 and 11 students [aged 15 to 17].

Harrison Christopher from the same school as George and Robert Byrne from De La Salle School, Basildon were both named as runners-up for the award.

Posted in: People

Nov 2010

Former post & sorting office opens for business

The former Grays post & sorting office at George Street has been re-furbished by Ayshford Sansome to create the Thurrock Centre for Business. This period property has been stripped out and re-configured to provide open plan office suites, meeting rooms and a series of business incubator units with shared kitchen and office admin facilities. The £650K refurbishment included extensive brick and stone cleaning, as well as new windows throughout. All works were carried out for Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation who acquired the building in Dec 08 as part of an ambitious urban regeneration programme to help create 26,000 new jobs locally.

Posted in: Projects

Aug 2010

Sun, summer and team activities

Ayshford Sansome picked the perfect spot and probably the last perfect summer’s day for this year’s annual staff outing.  Cars were packed up with deck chairs, sports equipment and picnics as family and friends headed off to Great Notley Country Park and Discovery Centre for a day in the great outdoors.  Cricket, rounders, rides along the cycle paths and trips to the award-winning centre – a stunning example of sustainable architecture – were punctuated by food, drink, more food and lazing in the sunshine!

Posted in: People

Jul 2010

Practice appoints dedicated press officer

Ayshford Sansome has recently appointed Simon McKay as press officer to help strengthen relationships with the regional and specialist trade press. Simon brings over 20 years’ experience into the role as a PR practitioner covering a range of professional service sectors; is a long-standing member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations; and also a regular judge of its annual PRide awards for communications excellence.

Posted in: People, Press

Jul 2010

Ayshford Sansome takes IIP Bronze

Ayshford Sansome’s company-wide commitment to quality and delivering great work for clients has been recognised with an Investors in People (IIP) award.  The practice was given a bronze award following in-depth staff and partner interviews, and a complete review of all internal systems and processes.  A standard that less than 5% of UK firms have achieved to date.

Dave Abdul, the company’s IIP auditor confirmed the practice was just a few points short of silver and with some minor process improvements should easily attain this at the next review.

Posted in: Awards

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