Capra Architects

 
Address   Capra Architects
No. 8 Oak Green
Earl Road
Stanley Green Busniess Park
Cheadle Hulme
Cheshire
SK8 6QL
United Kingdom: England 
 
   0161 605 0870   
Email   stephen.marsh@capra-architects.co.uk  
Website   www.capra-architects.co.uk 
Contact   Mr Stephen James Marsh 

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1: Project NameWest Midlands Police Training Centre
Dates: 2005 - 2007
Location: Aston, Birmingham 
Gross Area: 2 000 to 4 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Civic Building - Police Stations
 
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Key Services:
Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
Visible from the Aston Expressway, West Midlands Police Operation Unit occupies an eye catching location with in the city of Birmingham. The architectural intention of the building form and envelope is of a simple, minimalist and ‘transparent’ nature. The building facades act as smooth linear planes effectively reflecting the speed of the surrounding traffic flows. The clarity of the language is maintained by the minimal number of openings in the facade. Pragmatic selection of glazing, louvre positions and proportions successfully reflect the serious and functional nature of the buildings’ operations. High quality zinc cladding and flush window openings support the simplicity of the facade treatment.
 
2: Project NameWidnes Town Hall
Dates: 2004 - 2000
Location: Widnes 
Gross Area: 5 000 to 9 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Civic Building - Town Halls,  Conservation - General,  Culture & Entertainment - General,  Mixed Use Projects
 
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Key Services:
Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
Our plan for Victoria Square was to refurbished the old Town Hall and build two new pavilions to the east and west which would greatly improve the quality of Victoria Square as a piece of open space by “containing” the area, giving it a much stronger sense of identity and making it more attractive and welcoming. The elevation design was conceived so that each facade responds to its specific context in terms of form and mass, with the chosen palette of materials contributing to the whole. The predominantly glazed front facades of the pavilions give transparency to the design and promote the activity within whilst presenting the opportunity to enliven the pedestrian street.
 
3: Project NameWest Midlands Police Forensic Facility
Dates: 2006 - 2000
Location: Birmingham 
Gross Area: 500 to 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Civic Building - Police Stations
 
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Key Services:
Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
This exciting project is the first of several new national Forensic Examination Facilities to be built in the UK. Cutting edge forensic facilities are accommodated in a state of the art building on an existing West Midlands Police site in Ward End, Birmingham. The site is adjoined by a public park to which the building presents an impermeable but visually engaging composition of volumes in white render, heavy zinc, and reflective steel. The materials react to changing light conditions animating the composition. The clarity of the language is maintained by the quality of the detail as well as the simple and consistent choice of materials palette.
 
4: Project NameFrench Barn
Dates: 2006 - 2007
Location: Chenailler Macheix 
Gross Area: 250 to 499 sqm 
Sectors:
Conservation - Barns, Mills & Oast Houses,  Houses and Housing - Conversion & Extensions,  Houses and Housing - General,  Houses and Housing - One-off Houses
 
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Key Services:
Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
The brief was to convert a dilapidated 18 century barn located on the edge of the Correze region of France into a bespoke modern dwelling that drew inspiration from and respected the vernacular charm of the original building. A new partial mezzanine floor, providing bedrooms and private spaces, floats above the gallery housing the main living space retaining the volumetric characteristics of the barn and exposing the delicate timber roof structure to gallery below. The cellular spaces of the former stables at lower ground floor level are converted into two one bed apartments for holiday let with their large existing arched openings providing expansive views across the valley.
 
5: Project NameEckersley Mill
Dates: 2004 - 2000
Location: Wigan 
Gross Area: More than 500 000 sqm 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - Conversion & Extensions,  Houses and Housing - General
 
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Key Services:
Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
Eckersley Mill is a large 100 acre site situated on an industrial site in the vicinity of the Wigan Pier leisure area. After initial problems and the stagnation of negotiations for development, we were invited by the client to produce a master plan for the central area and also produce plans for a phased development of the entire site. These plans were well received by the council and included directions on how the mills could either be used for commercial and/or residential purposes which enabled the scheme to develop to the next stage.
 
6: Project NameCheshire Police Training Centre
Dates: 2006 - 2000
Location: Winsford 
Gross Area: 5 000 to 9 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Civic Building - Police Stations
 
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Key Services:
Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
This state of the art police operations training facility was to meet the demands of current policing requirements, which reflects the current unpredictable environment in which we live. The centre provides a learning and training centre for officers, trainers and also visiting external police forces and organisations. When considering the form it was felt that externally the building should reflect its dominating internal functions, whilst taking into consideration the sensitivity of the natural environment, ensuring protected animal species are sensitively relocated within the site. Contrasting cladding system, scale and attention to detail animate and balance the two masses creating a visually stimulating juxtaposition.
 
7: Project NameEsgob Mill
Dates: 2005 - 2007
Location: Anglesey 
Gross Area: 250 to 499 sqm 
Sectors:
Conservation - Barns, Mills & Oast Houses,  Conservation - General,  Houses and Housing - General,  Houses and Housing - One-off Houses
 
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Key Services:
Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
This abandoned water mill in Anglesey was transformed into a beautiful family home after careful restoration of the decaying water wheel and associated mechanisms. The local authority deemed it necessary to retain the historic significance of the building. Reclaimed materials were used to match those existing, implemented using traditional workmanship, ultimately achieving a carefully designed vernacular home that satisfied both the client and the planning committee.
 
8: Project NameGrosvenor Hotel Apartments
Dates: 2005 - 2000
Location: Widnes 
Gross Area: 1 000 to 1 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - Conversion & Extensions,  Houses and Housing - General
 
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Key Services:
Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
Grosvenor Hotel is a development situated in a high profile, predominantly Victorian area of Widnes. Previously, a rather underappreciated site, the new owner wanted to introduce a contrasting contemporary feel while still respecting its Victorian fabric. The site is in the middle of a conservation area, which meant the aesthetic design of the building had to be carefully considered. The ground floor was converted into a prestigious bar and a modern extension was added to the side of the building. Other developments include the addition of a modernistic roof extension which despite its contemporary design does not impose upon the original Victorian semblance.
 
9: Project NameSt Peters Apartments
Dates: 2008 - (ongoing)
Location: Manchester 
Gross Area: Not available 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - General,  Mixed Use Projects,  Offices - General,  Retail - General
 
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Key Services:
Food Service Design,  Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
St Peters is a project done in partnership with another architects firm known as Architect M. It was fundamentally a proposal for the redevelopment of a site next door to the St Peters Church in Ancoats, Manchester. It included the addition of a museum, currently occupied by the embroidery guild as well as a contemporary residential scheme. It was hoped that the profit from the residential development would contribute to the refurbishment of St Peters Church and towards its future running costs. The site was separated in two, with the residential area on one side and a separate urban complex for St Peters Church on the other.
 
10: Project NameReef Bar
Dates: 2005 - 2006
Location: Widnes 
Gross Area: 250 to 499 sqm 
Sectors:
Culture & Entertainment - General,  Food and Beverage - General,  Food and Beverage - Pubs and Bars
 
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Key Services:
Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
This stylish new bar occupies the ground floor and basement of the Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria Square, Widnes. From a rather declining public house, the bar is now a sophisticated nightspot situated in the heart of a high profile Victorian area. Besides its contemporary design, the bar sports a number of interesting features, including a 10m marine fish tank along one wall. The bar is divided into three distinct zones including a restaurant, dance floor and a bar area.