Plan A is an enthusiastic team of Architects and Building Surveyors providing a range of design and consultancy services in areas throughout Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex. We believe in helping to deliver environmentally and economically practical designs that people will enjoy and care for, and for everyone we work with to feel that they are receiving our full attention.
Along with many other motivated teams, we are committed to our part in delivering healthy buildings with the energy, water and embodied-carbon efficiency targets presented in the: RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge.
Plan A were appointed to explore a range of feasibility studies in close consultation with the Local Authority, from which a scheme was agreed to deeply repair and remodel the building to reinstate its original retail and residential uses. The scope of the works included a detailed sequence of repairs to the historic timber-frame stripping it back to its principal super-structure in order to ensure comprehensive access to all areas. The whole building was then carefully re-built and adapted in order to create residential units across the upper-floors which offered comfortable and unique town-centre living spaces, whilst the ground floor retail spaces were also completely refurbished and let to successful local businesses.
The whole process involved close engagement with many specialist trades and historic building specialists, including research into the history of the building’s previous occupants and restoration of key structural and decorative features.
A bespoke design for a constrained town-centre courtyard site, with the intention of creating a low-energy, comfortable small family home. It evolved as an up-side-down arrangement with the bedrooms at ground floor, and the living accommodation enjoying town-wide views from the first floor, with additional natural light from roof windows. Its super-structure is a highly insulated timber frame, with light-weight timber and render cladding. It is heated via an air-to-water heat pump, distributed via underfloor pipework. Its roof cladding was intended to have a sedum-covering, but this was omitted due to budget constraints late in the programme, but a small bank of solar PV panels was included to off-set some of the electrical-loading of the dwelling’s operation. The efficient form-factor of the building’s arrangement contributes to its energy efficiency and thermal-bridging was reviewed in detail during the design and construction stages, all resulting in a comfortable family home.
Welcome Church is an enthusiastic and popular congregation based in the heart of Woking’s town centre. It’s growing numbers and activities lead to their investment in a wholly new-build chapel to accommodate approximately 650/people at a time, and to the significant remodeling of the existing church-building to re-purpose it as a multi-function day-centre, offering accommodation and support for the church’s many ministries.