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2023 Jersey Construction Council Awards - The Waves – won the Association for Project Management Project of the Year between £2m-£10m in association with the main contractor Rok Construction and our clients Bob & Sue Beslievre of Sycamore Properties Limited.

The development included 9 top quality, luxury beachfront apartments, houses, and penthouses, all with secure garage parking plus visitor parking and stores. 

Offering fantastic sea views and surrounded by natural beauty, in a great coastal location, this outstanding development, is finished throughout to the highest specification. The development also features charge points for electric cars, direct beach access and a communal bike store along with a private air-conditioned gym, fully equipped with shower facilities.

Morris Architects recognised the need for a sensitive approach to the historical context of the site, so the design included a significant enhancement to the historic assets on the site, particularly Martello Tower No 2. By removing the existing buildings that surrounded the tower, we provided public benefits by opening up the view and carefully restoring and refurbishing the tower. This allowed the beloved local landmark to shine and contribute to the enhancement of the overall historic context.

The two buildings to the north of the site, were strategically positioned to create a deliberate relationship with the Martello Tower, effectively opening up a significant space around the Tower. These buildings were set back from the road and seafront to enhance views of and beyond the Martello Tower for the public. Jersey granite was used in their construction, with a predominance of glazing to create a light and contrasting effect compared to the solid massing of the Martello Tower. 

After some challenging Planning and Royal Court decisions, it was finally nice to see this quite special project reach completion.
The Waves

Award Winning "The Waves" - high quality sea front residential development located on the Grouville coast road.

The Oldeholm project embodies a visionary approach to revitalizing an existing 1970s building, aimed at extending its life cycle while seamlessly integrating it with its surrounding context. By drawing inspiration from the rich historical fortifications, this refurbishment initiative creates a harmonious blend of contemporary design and historical significance. Through meticulous design nodes derived from the profound fortifications of the past, Oldeholm provides architecture which bridges the gap between tradition and modernity.

Our primary objective was to deliver an aesthetically captivating building that not only met our clients aspirations, but that also respected its heritage, enhanced its thermal performance and sustainability aspects, by preserving the essence of the original structure, in combination with the use of innovative technologies and sustainable practices. 

The project ensures a seamless integration of the building with its surroundings, creating a dynamic connection between the interior and the external environment, not only accommodating the needs of its users but will also celebrate the historical significance of the area.

Through the Oldeholm project, we demonstrated that architectural refurbishments can transcend their original purpose, embracing sustainability, and forging a timeless link between past and present.

Revitalization of an existing 1970s building in Gorey, extending its life cycle whilst bridging the gap between tradition and modernity.

The project was a redevelopment of an existing property, which required the house to be rebuilt from the first floor up, creating new accommodation on all levels and an additional second floor. Morris Architects was appointed to obtain planning and building regulations, as well as to assist the client with negotiations with their contractor.

The design strategy of the project revolved around creating amenity spaces on the cotils of Gorey, by incorporating balconies and retained landscaping. The result was a space that maximized the potential of the site, providing the occupants with the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding landscape and the fantastic views of Gorey Harbour.

Throughout the project, a rigorous approach was employed to ensure that every aspect of the design was meticulously executed, from the external detailing to the internal finishes. The design was carefully crafted to reflect the unique character of the area, while also providing modern amenities and contemporary living.

Overall, this project is a testament to professional architecture which has the ability to combine traditional design elements with modern amenities and contemporary living, resulting in a space that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. It is a shining example of the transformation of an existing property into a modern and sophisticated living space.
Les Vagues

Meticulous design transforms existing property into modern living space with traditional elements.

The project entails the construction of two detached 4-bedroom houses, one intended for speculative purposes and the other for the owner-developer and their family. The client's brief necessitated a traditional aesthetic that would maximize the potential of the site while simultaneously providing modern living arrangements.

The layout was meticulously designed to accommodate contemporary living, featuring a family room, separate lounge, utility room, study, and garaging. Each bedroom is designed with an en-suite to provide the utmost comfort and convenience for the occupants.

To ensure superior quality and precise craftsmanship, a local contractor was engaged after a competitive tendering process, based on a standard building contract that included specifications and detailed drawings.

This project represents an embodiment of the traditional style and modern living requirements, satisfying the unique needs of the client. The two homes resulting from this project are emblematic of both the comfort and convenience of modern living, and the elegance and style of traditional design.
The I House

A project which brings together traditional style and modern living with two detached 4-bedroom houses.

To construct 20 two storey, three bed semi-detached affordable homes within the Parish of St Martin. 

The new small housing estate required a new vehicular entrance off La Grande Route de Faldouet and a link to the nearby village amenities via a pedestrian walkway. Morris Architects chosen design complements the existing semi-rural location.
Clos Le Troquer

Design and construction of 20 new affordable semi-detached homes for the parish of St Martin.

The project brief for the site was challenging, as the Planning Department had taken an aggressive stance against further development following the demolition of existing buildings. As a result, obtaining planning permission for the eventual construction of four residential units was a complex process.

The design brief was focused on maximizing the site's potential while satisfying both Planning requirements and ensuring privacy and amenity for adjoining properties. Our final design solution included a four-bedroom unit, two three-bedroom units, and one two-bedroom unit, each with amenities, gardens, sea views, and dedicated car parking.

To achieve a successful outcome, our practice collaborated closely with the Planning Department and local community stakeholders to address their concerns and gain support for the development. Our design approach focused on creating a visually appealing and practical solution that met the needs of future residents while enhancing the local environment.

Overall, the project was a success, with the eventual construction of four residential units meeting Planning requirements and providing a comfortable living environment for residents, complete with amenities, gardens, sea views, and car parking.
Janvrins Farm

Challenging site development project overcomes planning hurdles to deliver four residential units.

The existing building was designated as a Site of Special Interest, which necessitated strict adherence to the Planning Department's guidelines for its conservation. As a condition of the planning permission, the majority of the original fabric and structure had to be preserved. To ensure compliance, the Historic Buildings Department was consulted throughout the project. 

Traditional materials, such as lime pointing to the granite façade and lime plastering with lime wash paints, were used to reflect the historic character of the building and to ensure its authenticity. The result is a successful conservation project that respects the heritage value of the site while providing a functional and comfortable living space for contemporary use.

Preserving heritage: Conservation and restoration of a designated Site of Special Interest

The project involved the preservation of historic listed buildings in Jersey through the adaptive reuse of a former pub into residential accommodation. 

The design approach aimed to create a harmonious courtyard of houses that would complement the character and stature of the BLI listed structure. To achieve this, the existing building was strategically divided into three units, taking advantage of the natural backup of the façade and the existing staircase. 

The result is a sensitive intervention that not only preserves the heritage value of the buildings but also provides comfortable and functional living spaces for contemporary occupants.
The Priory

Adaptive reuse of historic listed building: former Pub transformed into residential accommodation in Jersey.

This building design is a modern interpretation of the art deco style, aiming to create a smooth, simple, and regimented façade. A play between levels, openings, and a single roof plan is used to achieve a harmonious balance between form and function.

The proportions of the façade are carefully considered, with an open design towards the bay to maximize views for the client, and a more enclosed approach towards the road to ensure privacy and peace within the property.

The elevations are predominantly composed of a combination of render and stone, with high-performing windows arranged in various planes to add visual interest. The roof is finished with an over sailing cornice that provides a simple yet effective cap to the building. This feature is interplayed and broken up with panels of render and granite to soften the design and add depth to the roofline.

Overall, this design represents a contemporary take on the art deco style that achieves a sense of balance and harmony in both form and function. The resulting building is visually striking while still practical and functional for the client's needs.
North Coast House

A building design which blends Art Deco style with contemporary flair for a harmonious balance of form and function.

The original architectural vision for this project was to create a bespoke four bedroom family residence that capitalized on the stunning views over St Aubin’s bay. The proposed design featured spacious family living areas, a separate lounge, study, garage, and four en-suite bedrooms, all designed to maximize the site's panoramic vistas. In addition, the basement level was envisioned to be a luxurious space accommodating a cinema room, gym, sauna, and changing facilities for the external swimming pool.

However, following the receipt of planning permission, the project was sold to a speculative developer who scaled back the original design, reducing the basement level to a simple changing area for the pool. Consequently, the materials and detailed design were carefully curated to strike a balance between cost and quality.

To achieve this, the project was undertaken with a Design and Build Contract, which allowed for the efficient management of the construction process. The successful negotiation with a local builder ensured that the architectural vision was realized within the specified budget constraints.
La Falaise

A luxurious four bedroom villa style property, featuring spacious family living, with far reaching views over the beautiful St Aubin's bay.

The re-development of a former vehicular garage and store, owned by the States of Jersey, was a complex project that involved two distinct clients. The first client, the States of Jersey Property Holdings Department, appointed our practice to conduct a feasibility study on the site's potential for residential development. After a successful collaboration with the planning department, planning approval was obtained for the development of three detached residential units.

Subsequently, the States of Jersey sold the site to a private commercial developer who commissioned our practice to enhance the approved design to meet their specific requirements. The private developer's brief was to deliver three detached family homes, each featuring four to five bedrooms, modern living accommodation, garaging, and ample garden space.

Our design approach for the project was to create traditional-looking homes that blend harmoniously with the rural landscape and the sensitive nature of the surrounding area. We used a combination of vernacular materials, including render, granite, and slate, to create a visually appealing mix of styles.

The houses were built by a local contractor who worked directly with the developer, with our practice providing comprehensive support services that included planning, building byelaws, and detailed construction information for the developer and contractor.
Mont Mado

The redevelopment of an existing industrial site to provide 3 large family homes in the village of St John.

Morris Architects took on the task of refurbishing and extending a 1950's Arts and Crafts style dwelling for a private client. The original building had fallen into disrepair and required comprehensive restoration, including addressing internal design and construction issues. Additionally, a section of the facade needed careful reconstruction to revive its architectural splendour.

Respecting the dwelling's rich heritage, the architectural intervention successfully blended the old and the new. The interiors were adapted thoughtfully, ensuring a harmonious flow between spaces while introducing contemporary elements for improved functionality and aesthetics. A notable addition was the sunroom extension, strategically designed to create a captivating space connected to the living room and showcasing the stunning views. This sun-soaked retreat offers a peaceful escape, integrating with the surrounding landscape and enhancing the dwelling's allure.

Preserving the original character and architectural essence was of utmost importance throughout the refurbishment and extension process. By skilfully combining meticulous restoration, careful reconstruction, and well-considered contemporary touches, Morris Architects breathed new life into the house while honouring its remarkable history.

A standout feature of the project was the construction of a new garage with an upper-level home office. This practical addition not only serves the client's needs but also integrates seamlessly with the dwelling's overall aesthetic, contributing to its cohesive and captivating presence.

Overall, Morris Architects has successfully reimagined and revitalized the 1950's Arts and Crafts style dwelling, elevating it to new levels of elegance and sophistication. Through a seamless fusion of old and new elements, they have created a home that celebrates its past while embracing the aspirations of its discerning occupants.
Le Ruisseaux Lodge

Refurbishment and extension of a 1950's Arts and Crafts style dwelling.

The project involved the adaptive reuse of listed houses and a barn to create a residential complex comprising eight units. The client's brief called for a restrained, low-density approach that would respect the historical significance of the buildings while achieving a contemporary standard of comfort and design. 

The original structures had suffered from inadequate past renovations, and the aim of the refurbishment was to restore their former splendour through a sensitive and thoughtful intervention.
La Commune

Listed houses and barn transformed into modern residences with respect for history.

The design of this residential development showcases the Jersey traditional granite vernacular style, with a combination of barn and farmhouse aesthetics. 

Dwelling 1, embodies the traditional five bay, two storey Jersey farmhouse design complete with chimneys.

Dwelling 2 adopts a barn-style appearance, featuring a random window and opening approach, while a single storey barn-like link connects it to dwelling 2. 

The two units are linked via a single storey garage that also serves as a courtyard to simulate a farm courtyard, providing car parking and ancillary space for both units.

The redesign of an existing permission to form two traditional dwellings located in a rural setting.

The project had commenced on site and, due to the resignation of the previous Architect, we were asked to take over this project in order to provide construction information together with resolving the outstanding planning matters, which included elevational treatment, resolving historic building issues and design, including detailing.
Old Station House

Taking over a project midway: resolving Planning matters and providing construction information.

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