ARCHITECT in CHELTENHAM
was set up by Peter Ireland (architect) and Liz Swift (writer & dramatist) to work in architecture, theatre, and the area between. Peter Ireland, who set up VOID:Projects and leads its architectural work, has been a practising architect for over 30 years, so we have plenty of experience to call on.
VOID is a small architectural practice based in Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, with wide experience in solving problems, tailored to our clients individual needs. Equally at home with house extensions, alterations, or even whole houses, we are also happy to work with new or historic buildings, with industrial, commercial, or public building projects. But we are not only capable of small work, with a Civic Trust Award for the work we have done with Hanson Walford Marston in Windermere, a highly complex £8 million development. With wide contacts, we can help put together teams to tackle many different challenges.
We remain active in theatre, with recent projects ranging from online opera to an interactive exhibition at the Wilson Art Gallery - please visit our parallel website for further details if you are interested in this part of our work.
has been closely allied to other architectural and interior design practices, working on projects across the country.
- Tyack Architects, for St. Hilda's College, Oxford, several housing schemes
- Stanley Partnership, for Truro College
- Criteria Design, on nightclub interiors
- Gillard Associates, a Cardiff practice with a growing reputation for Sustainable Design; first at Lakeland, also for Atlantic College, Swansea Housing Association, and other house schemes.
Our re-development of an old 1960s engineering works as the new Test Facility for Spirax Sarco, the world leader in steam valves and based in Cheltenham, was completed in 2011. It gave them the facilities they needed to reflect their prestige in the sector.
With Hanson Walford Marston (Now Hanson Marston Mellor) in Kendal - many projects for Lakeland, including their distribution centre in Kendal and the award winning headquarters and shop in Windermere.
More recent work since 2012 has involved several projects with Padrone Estates, developing light industrial and office space around the Cheltenham area.
We have been fortunate enough to be involved with several interesting projects, both on our own and in collaboration with other practices, notably Stanley Partnership in Cheltenham and Gillard Associates in Cardiff, with whom we have worked on several low energy and sustainable schemes.
At Prema Art Centre, a small rural arts centre housed in a listed Baptist Chapel we have completed several projects improving disabled access, renovating and reorganising the building to improve the circulation, acoustics and thermal performance.
We have worked on small but vital projects and well received at All Saints Church, Highbury Church and the Friends Meeting House, all in Cheltenham.
We have worked closely with St. Vincent's and St. George's Association for many years, providing new supported living accommodation and activity provision for a thriving charity supporting adults with complex physical and learning disabilities.
Altering or extending is something you will often only ever do once. We can try hard to help you through it, but it's always a big undertaking, involving considerable stress and cost, however well we plan for it. So it's always pleasing when people report that the finished job has worked out better than they ever expected.
It is extremely rare that the opportunity to make a mark with a new building arises, so much of what we do involves working with existing buildings, trying to accommodate new uses. One key feature of our work is in trying to respect the origins of a building, rather than covering old parts with new. Original features and marks are often retained as a 'palimpsest', revealing earlier versions and usages. The result is something that should reflect both your needs and the unique quality of your house and location. This doesn't necessarily look good in a photograph!