Mixed Use Conversion and Refurbishment

Few buildings deserved a new lease of life more than this former café in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. Located in Market Lane off one of the main areas of public realm, this building had become vacant, yet had so much potential.

Hewitt & Carr were approached by an investor, looking to begin undergoing projects in the City, and were asked to look at a full renovation and conversion of the upper floor into a number of self-contained living accommodation. It was our aim to create City Centre Loft Living accommodation in Stoke-on-Trent. The creation of the two units with their lofty ceiling heights, glazed ridge details and open plan living has been a great success.


Hewitt & Carr have been a pleasure to work with over the last two years since commencing projects in Stoke on Trent.

There have been many times when I felt that not only are they on board with design and planning, but they are treating the project as though it is their own.

Requests are always dealt with promptly and even if there are delays to expected turnaround, I soon realise that they are still actively working in the background to achieve the end result required. I look forward to working with them in the years to come including my forthcoming project.

Client – DI Properties

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DI Properties
Hanley
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
148.5 sqm
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Commercial Conversion / Refurbishment for Yes Agency

All buildings have the potential to be something beautiful and the home of Yes Agency in Uttoxeter is a prime example.

This former chapel was in need of a lift, the space and accommodation was just what the client was after it just needed re-working to mirror their brand message and business structure. Re-working the internal layout was half the battle. Updating the overall external appearance of a very functional building to give it a modern twist with clean modern lines and a palette of modern materials was in deed the biggest challenge.

The end result was a modern office development set in a well-established residential area suitable for a company with a strong brand identity and a “communitographical” approach to its customers and business as a whole.

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Yes Agency
Uttoxeter
East Staffordshire Borough Council
212.9m2
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Factory Refurbishment / Extension for Wrights

It is our honour to have worked with Wrights Food Group on a number of projects, from extensions to their existing factory and cold store to new staff parking facilities and concept for new office accommodation.

As a business they are ever growing and their architectural requirements change from day to day.  One of their major projects was their new factory on Second Avenue which saw an old haulage building brought back to life as a state of the art patisserie factory and staff facilities bringing all of their production to a central location in Crewe.

The challenge here was achieving the high level of finish in a short space of time – working to a tight deadline to enable processes to cease in one facility only to re-open following a bank holiday weekend move.  The whole team worked very closely together to ensure that the project hit the deadline and came in on budget.  The facility is now working well and getting great feedback from workers and visitors alike.


As a rapidly expanding business, we needed a Partner who could translate our visionary ideas into reality. Hewitt&Carr Architects ticked every box, the professionalism and speed of service from concept to design was hugely impressive.

Client – Wrights Food Group

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Wrights Pies
Weston Road, Crewe
Cheshire East Council
3544 Sqm
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Commercial Conversion and Refurbishment

When Hewitt&Carr were approached to re-imagine the Alton Pigeon Fancier’s home into a new office development, we were not quite sure what the client was expecting.  It wasn’t until our first visit that we realised just how much potential the building had.

The Old Chapel had long since been a place of religious worship and had for many years been the home to another kind of worship.  We always find it interesting when a client approaches us with a vision and we are always more than happy to help it reach fruition.

We embarked on an interesting conversion and refurbishment job, unveiling additional volume which had, for many years, been hidden behind a false ceiling.  What also became apparent was that the existing structure was sound and capable of so much more.  We proposed the extension of the existing balcony down the centre of the building for use as the board room allowing us to channel light down into the office spaces below.  We created a new glazed vestibule with toilet facilities and storage along with a much needed staff kitchenette within the main office space.  The project has created an attractive office facility in an otherwise very rural location and is now home to two businesses with room for more.

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Conversion of redundant chapel
Private
Alton
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
144.2m2

Conversion and Refurbishment for HCA

Listed buildings are not always the horror that they are made out to be. HCA developments took the plunge to purchase a vacant building in the centre of Cheadle High Street. It was to be their first commercial development and so they approached Hewitt&Carr to help them.

The shell was structurally sound but the building was in need of some TLC. The developers planned a full refurbishment including opening up of spaces, a full interior design and fit out and external improvements and re-decoration.

After some research into the buildings past and developing a close working relationship with the local planning authority conservation officer, HCA Developments embarked on the project. The end result was going to be such a great success, bringing an old Grade II listed building back to life that Hewitt&Carr decided to rent the building and use it as their new headquarters – why not come and visit us?

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HCA Developments
Cheadle
Staffordshire Moorland District Council
171.2m2

Alterations to Renault/Nissan Car Showroom

Involved from RIBA work stages 1-8, Hewitt&Carr were approached to aid Holdcroft facilitate the changeover of two of its car showrooms over in Crewe.  Works involved reading and understanding the client requirement document and implementing its contents into the proposed design to convert their existing Renault garage into their new Nissan garage and vice versa.

Works included a full internal fit out including structural works to extend the existing showroom into an area of their existing service centre.  Not to mention redecoration and re-organisation of the office and staff accommodation.  Externally we were involved in relocating the entrance doors, re-dressing the existing external cladding and re-positioning the feature door surround whilst paying close attention to the differing level changes, disabled access to the showroom and vehicle access through the glazed shop front.

The project was delivered on time and budget with both units now operating at full capacity and creating an inviting atmosphere for their many customers.

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Holdcroft Motor Group
Hanley
Cheshire East Council
947 Sqm
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Design & Construction of 4 Industrial Units

Hewitt&Carr were commissioned by the successful contractor to work alongside them to deliver these four starter industrial units on a prominent city road site. We carried out the project on a design and build basis, taking the original outline approval and working through RIBA work stages 4-8.

Our aim was to create a building which sat next to a larger industrial unit, utilising the same palette of materials to ensure a holistic design over the whole site.


We have worked with HCA over many years, they have a flair for design and can produce drawings at the speed and quality we need them on site. They are always very helpful and are willing to go that extra mile.

Contractor – Holland Construction

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Goodwins PLC
Ive House Road, Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
5500 Sqm
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Crestron Retail and Office Internal Fit Out

Crestron Home Automation is a large international company with offices and showrooms in London and across the United States.  They offer a fully integrated design service for the office and home environments.  Hewitt&Carr were faced with an exciting opportunity to design the internal fit out, of a listed building in Leeds, to act as their new Northern Office and Retail Showroom.

As a development the existing structure posed many challenges.  Creating a number of different experiences, from an office environment for the sales staff to work, a board room for those important client meetings and a residential area for testing and experiencing the technology in full flow.

Our solution was one of free standing structures, creating bespoke pieces of furniture that divided up the space – all along ensuring that nothing was fixed to the existing fabric of the heritage asset.  The end result was one of modern design and clean lines with an industrial emphasis influenced by the building in which they were to be located.

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Crestron Home Automation
Leeds
Leeds City Council
123.4 Sqm
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