The core of our business is architecture, the art and science of building. We believe that buildings should be well engineered, pragmatic and rational whilst lifting the spirit and stimulating the senses. We aim to delight our clients as well as satisfy their basic requirements, raising their aspirations and exceeding their expectations. Our architects are based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, and work throughout Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe and across the local region, so if you are looking for a local firm who can translate your ideas into a reality, look no further than Forshaw Greaves.
Our approach starts with a thorough analysis of the brief and the proposed site followed by the appraisal of various options against criteria established through the briefing process. Designs are then developed for approval and steered carefully through the planning and regulatory process to offer you the best architectural services.
Thorough specifications and careful detailing are then key to producing accurate pricing and high-quality implementation. Attention to detail is fundamental and we endeavour to enthuse the whole project team in order that everyone can be proud of the finished product.
We have worked in many different sectors and learned many transferable lessons. Indeed we are always learning and developing, striving continuously to improve what we do and how we do it.
As architects Forshaw Greaves strive to make all of their buildings as sustainable as their function and budget will allow. We do this through the careful selection of materials and technologies appropriate to a particular project. We believe in keeping things simple, not using gimmicks but the tried and tested passive approach of using high levels of thermal insulation and airtightness allied to careful consideration of the thermodynamics of the building. Solar gain and the buildings orientation are also carefully considered. Only when the passive approach is resolved do we look at the active means such as the way the building is heated, serviced and waste disposed of.
We do not believe that sustainable buildings should necessarily look as though they are sustainable. There are still many other factors that can influence the buildings appearance. We believe in a holistic approach to design.
This approach is exemplified in a number of buildings that have been designed by the practice. Forshaw Greaves won a competition to design the energy efficient housing at the Stoke-on-Trent Garden Festival in 1984 and have continued to design energy-efficient buildings.
Whilst with their former practice Philip Wootton and Ainsley Lawton designed the new office headquarters for Flowcrete Limited in Sandbach. This involved the alteration and extension of some existing industrial buildings to form office and exhibition space. High levels of insulation were employed, a green roof, natural ventilation and air source heat pumps as the source of heating and cooling via an under floor heating/cooling system.
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Private & Social Housing
Forshaw Greaves have extensive experience of both private and social housing for which they have won awards. In the early 1980’s the Practice began to work with the fledgling Housing Associations in the North Staffordshire area and quickly gained a reputation for high quality service. This sector developed to become one of the Practices most important areas of work. In 1986 the Practice won an Architectural Competition to design a low energy social housing scheme at the Stoke-on-Trent Garden Festival a legacy scheme which is still popular with residents. In 1989 the Practice designed the new headquarters building for Beth Johnson Housing Association on one of the development plots created by the same Garden Festival. The Practice continues to work for a number of Housing Associations but is also active designing individual bespoke new dwellings and extensions for private clients and also works with private developers. Philip Wootton has also significant experience in Student Housing
Health & Care
Forshaw Greaves have considerable experience in both the care and health sectors. They have designed a number of nursing homes one of the largest being Bradwell Hall in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The practice also has a long association with the Douglas Macmillan Hospice for which it has designed numerous buildings and is currently working at the moment. Other experience includes Doctors Surgeries, Mental Health Day Centres , a Medium Secure unit and Retirement Villages.
Churches and Community
Forshaw Greaves have been involved in church design, alteration and repair for many years through retired partner Bev Stringer who was well known in the area. The mantle has now passed to Philip Wootton who has designed churches in the past, carries out Quinquennial inspections and programs of conservation. Past projects of the practice include a church in Stafford and Longton Methodist Central Hall. Philip has also been involved with Broadway Methodist Church, St.Mark’s, Basford, St.Martin’s, Talke, St Thomas’s, Kidsgrove and St. Mary’s Kinnerley among others. We are currently in the process of designing a new Methodist Church in Kettering. Philip also advises the Baptist Building Fund on property matters.
The practice has significant experience of education projects. One of the oldest building s that we know of associated with the practice is the 1901 extension to George Gilbert Scotts Alsager School which was designed by Edward Forshaw. We are still working for Alsager school having just completed a new extension to a classroom block. There. Whilst with their former practice Philip Wootton and Ainsley Lawton also designed the new Alsager School Performing Arts block and a Music block for John Taylor High School in Burton-under-Needwood. Philip was also project architect for the Stoke College Arts Block in Burslem and a series of prefabricated 6th form blocks for Merton Borough
Leisure & Hospitality
Forshaw Greaves are also experienced in the leisure and hospitality sector. Whilst with his former practice Philip Wootton designed Stoke Repertory Theatre, Ashbourne Leisure and Community Centre and with Ainsley Lawton ‘The Venue’ at Moddershall Oaks. We are currently working for Consall Hall Gardens on some lodges set in the grounds.
Industrial & Commercial
Forshaw Greaves and its staff have extensive experience of Industrial and Commercial Buildings. This includes Offices and Industrial buildings of all shapes and size both new-build and refurbishment.
Some noteworthy Office projects include Head Quarters buildings for Severn Trent Water, Beth Johnson Housing Association and Butters John Bee all in Stoke-on-Trent. Philip Wootton whilst with his previous practice also designed a 3000 sq. m Call Centre for the Department for Work and Pensions in Bangor and a 5000 sq. m Head Quarters building at Estuary Point, Liverpool. Both of these projects achieved a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating due to their energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design. Another environmentally friendly design for Flowcrete Ltd., was delivered by Philip Wootton and Ainsley Lawton whilst with their previous practice.
The practice has designed large industrial premises such as the Quickfit and Quartz factory in Stone, Staffordshire in the 1960’s and was retained over many years by the Post Office and more recently by the Holdcroft Motors Group for whom they have designed a number of buildings including the PDI building in 2010. The practice also designed the Brock Way Industrial estate in Silverdale in 2008. We are currently doing further work for Holdcroft, an Office and Warehouse building in Leekbrook and feasibility studies for a number of R&D centres.
Recently Forshaw Greaves have been involved through various grant aided schemes in the replacement of shop fronts in conservation areas. This has involved close liaison with business owners to minimise disruption. These projects include Goslings Butchers, Wrights Pies and Pro-Fit-Carpets all in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. We also took on an advisory role to the City Council on the repair of the Longton Market Hall shop fronts. In Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent we have reinstated the Queen Street Chemists Venetian Gothic shop front.
Heritage & Conservation
Forshaw Greaves have an enviable pedigree in Heritage and Conservation Architecture. The practice and the individuals who work for it have carried out numerous projects in this sector. Notable projects include Fountain Court which was the conversion of a listed former Pottery Factory to form apartments, the restoration of Bradwell Hall to form a Nursing Home and a number of Barn Conversions. Philip Wootton is an AABC accredited Conservation Architect and has extensive experience in the field. Whilst with his former practice he was responsible for the conversion and alteration of the listed Dudson Pottery Factory to form offices, the refurbishment of Burslem School of Art, the alteration and refurbishment of the Sutherland Institute and a comprehensive range of repair works at the Grade II * St. James church. More recently the practice has been involved in delivering a number of projects under the Longton PSiCA scheme and the Burslem THI scheme. The largest of these projects was the repair and refurbishment of Longton Methodist Central Hall. The practice is currently working on a number of heritage projects including alterations to listed Fuller Baptist Church and the repair of a fire damaged listed timber framed Public House.