6:00pm Wednesday 6th February 2013
By Andrew Napier
A WINCHESTER architects' practice is in the unusual position of having four housing schemes on the go in the city.
T2 Architects are watching as their designs are realised in four major projects: The Laundry in Gordon Road, Hyde (14 homes); the former ambulance station on Queens Road (14 homes); 34-36 Chilbolton Avenue (11 homes) and the former Dreweatt Neate offices in Staple Gardens (10 flats and offices).
The first three are with Durley-based builders Drew Smith. The fourth is with Bournemouth-based Juno Development. In total the four will provide 49 new homes.
Director Jeremy Tyrrell previously worked at local firm Architecture plb before setting up T2 in 2007. Whilst at Architecture plb he designed Belgarum Place in Staple Gardens.
Mr Tyrrell said: “We like to work in the Winchester area but we have a wider geographical spread as well. But it is unusual to have four projects under construction at the same time.”
He is keen to design in a modern style. “The Laundry scheme has brick, slate tiles, porches and bay windows, all characteristics of Hyde and representative, but done in a contemporary manner. Something I struggle with is people's designs trying to make things look 100 years old.
“We are really pleased to be able to design housing in Winchester that is of its time and not trying to ape a former time period. We are proud to be designing Elizabeth II housing not mock-Victorian or mock-Georgian.”
Based in Nuns Road, Hyde, Mr Tyrrell, 35, employs two staff, Andrew Thompson and David Scott. Expansion could be on the cards: “That would be the next step if the business continues to grow. But these are unpredictable times in the construction industry.”
T2 are an example of a growing number of highly-skilled architects firms in the city. “It could be as a result of a lot of architects wanting to move out of London but not too far out.”
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