Amazing Space! Beach-side Art Studio featured on Channel 4
When Grandma Sue, Mum Laura, Dad Kris and three wonderful children decide to do something about working from home, they do it properly! This close-knit and artistically skilled family have proved that with enough research, planning and sheer hard graft, a dramatic and aspirational business plan can be focused around the two elements that mean the most to them… their professional passions and a remarkable location….literally on the shore on the Wirral Peninsular in Cheshire.
Intrinsic to the whole plan was to create a venue where the family can work their magic and invite fee paying clients to come and share a fabulous location and learn all kinds of techniques, producing their own pieces of art. Being highly artistic, business-savvy and enthusiastic, the family were looking for a company who would have similar values surrounding their ambitious project.
As always, Swift Garden Rooms build relationships first. We all sat around their cottage breakfast table on a cold winter’s day in 2012 – almost a year ago to see how we could work together to make their dream happen. Swift’s director, Martin Lawson and designer Mike Jolley listened vigilantly as the family told their story and passionately described their vision for a new and exciting business venture. They absorbed all they could of the atmosphere, aspirations and the detailed requirements from their clients. Sketches were drawn and studied, vision boards were perused and a walk on the beach taken to experience the setting in all its natural glory. Typical with this welcoming family, tea and cakes played a part in the process!
The main features of this building are:
- Unique and bespoke design with a stunning appearance
- SIP panel technology producing a robust, permanent and highly insulated building
- Huge opening glazed doors to connect with the garden area
- Panorama window overlooking the vast shore and seascape
The main challenges facing everyone involved in the process were:
- Delicate planning application, respecting the environment, pubilc perception and our clients aspirations
- Uneven cliff-side site with no road access
- Transportation of literally tons of valuable and bespoke elements of the building across a hostile and challenging beach track
- Installation of massive glazed doors and panorama window
- Did we mention that all this was to be done under the gaze of a Channel 4 film crew?
Here are our clients summary comments following the completion of the project:
We invited a number of companies to quote for our build, but from the moment Martin walked through our door we knew Swift was the only company we would want to work with. Martin’s enthusiasm for our project was palpable from the day he made his first visit to us. Martin described his team as being solution focused and our unique build certainly threw up plenty of challenges to overcome. The Swift team handled everything smoothly from successfully gaining planning permission first time (despite being in a greenbelt and in an SSSI) to working the build and site deliveries around incoming tides, and scheduling the build around the migratory patterns of protected wading birds. The build itself went like clockwork and the result is an inspirational building and an amazing home to our creative workshop business. The building and business has been a life changing project for us and we are so pleased to have worked with such a great team who have realised our plans in a well organised and stress-free way. Laura Heath – Shore Cottage Art Studio, Wirral. www.shorecottagestudio.com