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Designing for Disabilities – a personal view

05 Feb 2015 / in Uncategorized

It is a difficult day when you suddenly realise your parents are getting older and that they will increasingly need your help. For me it was when my Mum had a stroke 3 years ago and became paralysed, not able to speak or communicate. The long journey of recovery is still going, but with the […]

The Consultation Process: Let’s talk, let’s draw!

05 Feb 2015 / in Uncategorized

Our 4 hour consultation is a fantastic way to kickstart your project.  We visit you in your home and develop sketches with you at your kitchen table. Within a fixed time frame, we talk with you and then then get drawing, leaving you with some key sketches summarising our discussions. We view the consultation as […]

Funky Bungalows : the contemporary features

03 Feb 2015 / in News, Uncategorized

We are developing a renewed fondness for the single storey dwelling so iconic of English suburbia. Level access, connection with garden, privacy are all reasons why bungalows have been so popular with the older generation for a length of time. Alongside these attributes, the traditional typology may also contribute to feelings of Isolation, a large […]

What do the over 60s look for in a new build?

02 Feb 2015 / in News, Uncategorized

The number of over 60s living in the UK is continuing to rise. Designers and developers need to understand the needs of this section of the population. There are a lot of assumptions around what the over 60s look for in a living space, but we’ve found through our work with a number of retired […]

Biodiveristy – Hindrance or Opportunity?

01 Oct 2014 / in News

Yesterday evening we attended an eye opening masterclass about Biodiversity considerations within developments, with Dr Steve Holloway, the principle Ecology Consultant from SLR. Age old prejudices between developers and ecologists were disbanded as it became clear that both sides were seeking a pragmatic solution. Every developer in the room had run into difficulties with Local […]

Designing for a Lifetime

12 Sep 2014 / in News, Uncategorized

“Let’s face it – we do not need special architecture for old people, we need the right architecture for all ages. The problem with designing environments specifically for older people is that nobody wants to move into them: they are the last resort, not the first choice. ” Matthias Hollwich with Matthew Hoff man , […]

Conservation Expertise

04 Sep 2014 / in Uncategorized

Kirsty Curnow Bayley is now an official RIBA-acredited Conservation Registrant, having completed a specialist RIBA Conservation course in Bath. This adds to Kirsty’s expertise having worked on many historic and listed buildings in the region and in London. Kirsty is currently working on an extension to a listed Georgian terraced house in St Leonard’s in […]

Designing for Later Living

11 Jul 2014 / in Uncategorized

This is the first in a series of blog posts looking at the theme of design for later living, or how we could be designing for an increasing ageing population. Over the last 10 years, like many young architectural practices we found ourselves cutting out teeth within the private residential sector.  As we have moved […]

We have moved to a new office.

30 Jun 2014 / in Uncategorized

                        Having outgrown our office in the Senate we have now moved to 18 Southernhay West where we have a lovely new studio and  Interior designer Hannah Martin is helping us with our fit out. Living Space Architects was established in 2004 in Plymouth […]

Silver Linings

09 May 2014 / in News

A few months ago the RIBA published it’s latest Buildings Futures Research focussing on the way our towns and cities will change in response to the increase in the number of people over 60.  Over the next 20 years they state that the number of people over 60 will grow by 40%, but what impact […]