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  • "Architecture starts 
    when you carefully put 
    two bricks together. 
    There it begins”
    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • "I always look forward to the next project. That is one of the wonderful things about architecture – you always can hope for another project to design" Cesar Pelli
  • "Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise" Adolf Loos
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An Introduction
to Forum 

We are recruiting

Forum Architecture is an architectural practice based in Southampton, Hampshire with a wealth of in depth design and construction experience gained over the past three decades.

The practice principals have led architectural design teams on numerous completed construction projects either undertaking the project from conception to completion or taking on the construction phases of a project initially designed by others.

Forum consists of qualified and experienced Architects and Technicians that are committed to delivering excellent value and achieving high quality projects through careful design and detailing.

> Projects

New office extension in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire
Commercial

New office extension in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire

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PROJECT: New office extension in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire

Troika Eastleigh Properties Ltd commissioned Forum to design an extension to their prestigious multistory office building, Gateway House, at Tollgate, Chandler's Ford, Hampshire.

The extension comprising 500 sqm over two floors, was required to provide new offices and catering facilities for a major corporate client.

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New self-storage building in Banbury
Commercial

New self-storage building in Banbury

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PROJECT: New self-storage building in Banbury

This is the first purpose built self-storage facility for our client Magenta in Banbury, Oxfordshire, offering storage solutions for both private and business use.

Located close to junction 11 off the M40 on a busy industrial park, the design was led by Magenta's strong corporate colours and the focus on an 'open', welcoming building. 

Self storage originated from the US and is a relatively new industry in the UK. With more than 1000 stores across UK the industry has grown steadily since it's beginnings in the early 1980's and holds the strongest market within Europe.

Albeit the steady growth, a recent survey shows that the industry is still not very well known amongst the public. As a result not only a good location is vital but also the best possible marketing.

The development of the Magenta signage and logo went hand in hand with the building design.

 

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Eastleigh College: Extension and alterations to main campus building
Education

Eastleigh College: Extension and alterations to main campus building

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PROJECT: Eastleigh College: Extension and alterations to main campus building

Eastleigh College provides further education and training to school leavers and students returning to education. Forum Architecture was appointed in the autumn of 2014 to assist the College implement part of its overall property strategy to improve teaching areas, circulation and entrance arrangements to the central campus 1960’s building. Part of the project brief was to also undertake measures to reduce energy consumption and running costs and thereby reduce the College carbon footprint.

Working with the college management team and with the interior design team at Blackpepper Studio the final design solution was tendered to contractors and undertaken throughout the summer to a tightly controlled construction programme. The works were completed in time for the new autumn intake of students.

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New School Hall and classrooms, Southampton
Education

New School Hall and classrooms, Southampton

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PROJECT: New School Hall and classrooms, Southampton

Freemantle Church of England Academy is a larger than average-sized primary school in Southampton providing places for some 320 pupils. In 2015 Forum was commissioned by the Academy to create a robust concept for a new school hall. Located near to the city centre of Southampton and within a busy urban area the Academy was very limited in its possibilities to expand. Careful analysis and cost effective design made it possible to also create two new classrooms.

The much needed bigger school hall now gives the children a lovely big, open and light space in which to eat, celebrate and enjoy music and sports.

The external building facade incorporats vertical larch cladding which allows the new building to viaually nestle in well amongst the existing mature trees which screen the school from a busy nearby commuter road.

Planning consent was secured early on in the project and building works were completed in June 2016.

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New Enterprise Park, Gosport Peninsula, Hampshire
Industrial

New Enterprise Park, Gosport Peninsula, Hampshire

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PROJECT: New Enterprise Park, Gosport Peninsula, Hampshire

This new development on the Daedalus site in Lee-on-the-Solent, Gosport plays a significant role in the development of the Gosport Peninsula in creating a place for business and economic growth locally, mainly within the maritime, aviation and manufacturing sectors. With this in mind Tidebank, a property development, investment and management company is developing ‘Daedalus Park’ to provide high quality and shell-scheme light industrial and commercial units, with or without mezzanines/offices.

The units offer flexibility and growth opportunities ranging from 1,600 ft2 up to 50,000 ft2. The project is developed in three stages although Tidebank is presently looking to further expand the development to the west of the present site.

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New self-storage buildings in Southampton, Bristol, Sunbury, Hemel Hempstead, Gillingham & Dover
Commercial

New self-storage buildings in Southampton, Bristol, Sunbury, Hemel Hempstead, Gillingham & Dover

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PROJECT: New self-storage buildings in Southampton, Bristol, Sunbury, Hemel Hempstead, Gillingham & Dover

Self-storage facilities are by their nature usually buildings without windows or particular features. Lok’nStore and Forum Architecture have worked hard together to develop a shop front concept to take advantage of the various locations on busy commuter roads. This not only displays the business to passersby but also contributes by raising the overall urban design quality of the local area. Forum Architecture is the project architect and lead consultant.

Some interesting facts about self-storage

The self-storage market in the UK has grown rapidly over the last decade and continues to attract demand from both businesses and households.

Lok’nStore was an early entrant into the United Kingdom self-storage market and currently operates 26 stores in handy locations across the South East of England.

Self-storage is an aspect of modern living, especially amid high density residential areas and in urban business centres.

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New retail development in Bagshot, Surrey
Retail

New retail development in Bagshot, Surrey

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PROJECT: New retail development in Bagshot, Surrey

Forum Architecture was appointed the construction project architect and lead consultant in September 2013. Working alongside Notcutts Woodbridge Limited / Waitrose and Troika Project Management the Forum design team are currently completing the specification and detailed design work for this 4,500 sqm retail development.

This technically challenging project went on site in July 2014 and construction and store fit-out programme for Waitrose was completed in August 2015.

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Conversion of Historic Building to Commercial 'Loft' studio, Southampton
Industrial

Conversion of Historic Building to Commercial 'Loft' studio, Southampton

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PROJECT: Conversion of Historic Building to Commercial 'Loft' studio, Southampton

Much of Southampton's historic waterfront consists of warehouses and sail lofts. Unfortunately many are lost though neglect or redevelopment. It takes enlightened clients and a committed team of professionals to breathe life back into such buildings. Once completed however, they are sought after offices and studios with tenants seeking an inspiring working environment ‘with a sea view’.
Forum Architecture is the project architect and is responsible for the supervision of the works on site.

The 19th Century building had a catalogue of defects; fire damage, asbestos, cavity wall tie failure, spalling bricks, leaking roof, deflecting structure, missing and damaged lintels, no insulation, rotting windows and cracked walls. The project focus has been to put right all of the defects and to open up the roof space - as the building was originally designed.

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> How We Work

How We Work

At Forum we aim to contribute to every aspect of the design process with the main focus being upon the end user. We will always be led by the question of how our buildings will be constructed and used to ensure that they provide a safe, stimulating and healthy environment. This approach results in a considered analysis of the brief with regards to the functionality and the environmental impact that any design might have.

Forum: Communicate Contribute
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Our understanding of the design process enables us to provide our clients with a thorough service that considers wider cost issues relating to the construction, maintenance and management of the completed buildings.

At Forum we place ourselves at the centre of the design team and endeavour to involve the project consultants from the outset. It is quite common for us to provide advice upon the scope and appointments of the wider professional team.

Team working is vital for any design and construction process and therefore building and strengthening the relationships within the project team is fundamental to our way of working.

Communication plays a key role in these processes. Our drawings and models are the tools we use to effectively communicate with the aim to excel in this regard.

Forum = [from Latin: Public Place]

Historic meaning: a public square or marketplace where judicial activity and public business took place

Today's meaning: the exchange of ideas and views on a particular issue in a meeting or medium such as the internet, television or print media

> Our Team

Our Team

Over 30 years Experience

Forum Architecture was established in 2013 and comprises a team of Architects and Technicians. Our diverse backgrounds complement each other and provide for a dynamic work environment.

Our design office is situated at 'Basepoint Southampton' close to Ocean Village in the city centre.

Andrea Bartelt
Dipl Ing Architektur, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany (1997)

Tim Gough
BA Architecture, Birmingham (1996)
Diploma in Professional Studies: Architecture (1998)
Member Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Paul Morris
HNC Building Construction, London (1991) 

Joe Lawrie
Part-time student, Architectural Design and Technology, Solent University, Southampton

Michael Hill MRICS AaPS
Chartered Quantity Surveyor
Member Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (1980)
Member Association for Project Safety

> Forum News

We are recruiting again!

11th September

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We are currently recruiting an Architectural Technician/Technologist with a minimum of 3 years UK based experience. Please read more for further details.

We are a small practise with an open and dynamic culture, specialising in; retail, education, office and commercial developments and are seeking to recruit a talented and ambitious person who is looking to progress their career in construction.

You will have experience using AutoCAD and Revit, as well as possessing good design, technical and organisational skills.
A driving license is essential.
An attractive salary will be offered to the right candidate.

Please send a CV and a portfolio of your work to mail@forumarchitecture.co.uk.

 

 

Tobermore Factory Tour

19th June

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Tobermore Factory Tour

We spent a very interesting and informative day at Tobermore, gaining an insight into the quality of their products and the scale of the operation that is behind the name.

Thank you to David and his team for organising this event. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Good progress

4th April

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Good progress

The new building for 'Magenta Self Storage' is taking shape in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Our client 'Magenta Self Storage' has currently 4 self storage locations throughout the United Kingdom. Banbury will be the 5th facility and will open its doors this summer.

BAU 2017 in Munich

23rd January

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BAU 2017 in Munich

2 days wasn't enough! Excellent show, highly recommended and a must for those looking for innovation!

Please see www.bau-muenchen.com for information on the the next show in 2019!

Morgan's Mountain Mayhem

4th November

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Morgan's Mountain Mayhem

A big thank you to Morgan Sindall for organising this bike ride on the Purbeck Hills; great weather, great scenery and great company.

Also thank you for the opportunity to support our friend Russell https://fundrazr.com/a181G4.

First unit occupied

23rd September

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First unit occupied

At Daedalus Park work is progressing fast and the first business is trading from this new enterprise park in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Developed by Tidebank UK Ltd, Daedalus Park has attracted the interest of a variety of small businesses such as retailers, manufacturers and even a school for hairstylists.

Now open!

13th May

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Now open!

Lok'nStore Bristol and Southampton are now welcoming customers into their brand new facilities. Transparency was key in developing a concept that creates light and open spaces. This was achieved through the careful use of material and composition and has so far been very well received by staff, customers and passers-by.

We are currently working on a further new store in Hemel Hempstead.
 

> Get In Touch

FORUM ARCHITECTURE
Studio 52
Basepoint Business Centre
Andersons Road
Southampton
SO14 5FE

T: 023 8068 2095
E: mail@forumarchitecture.co.uk

Google Map of Basepoint Enterprise Centre, 77 Andersons Rd, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 5FE