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Sports: Ascot Racecourse

Ascot

The Listed Buildings at Ascot Racecourse have been completely renovated by Dennis Sharp Architects. These carefully restored historic buildings lining the High Street provide new and essential facilities including saddling boxes, washrooms and entrance halls. The Turnstile buildings are fully glazed to create a grand entry for those using the underpass from the car park. The famous Ascot Totaliser still houses the original mechanism housed behind the façade. Transformed saddling boxes facing onto the new pre-parade ring provide a safe and secure area for horses, trainers and riders to prepare for the all-important race. Upper floors have sparkling new restaurants and bars with magnificent views of the horses parading below and the grandstand beyond. A new saddling enclosure has been designed in the Greenyard for the Queen’s horses. Great care has been taken to repair decades of damage caused by damp and inappropriate cement pointing. A simple palette of materials has resulted in a calm and elegant context for racing, entertaining, popping corks and hat displays!

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Education: Academies

London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Walsall, Oldham

DSA has in-depth knowledge and expertise in the design of teaching and learning environments. An academies research project was undertaken in collaboration with a multi-academy sponsor and focused on six of the very early academies launched prior to the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme was launched. Working on secondment from DSA, Yasmin Shariff was appointed as Head of Design to the multi-academy chain, and given responsibility for the overseeing of the design and delivery of 14 new build Academies and transformation of four other schools.

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Housing Development: Water Lane

Bedfordshire

DSA has submitted a planning proposal for seven houses on a site which used to be the back gardens of houses built by Henry Sharp, the grandfather of Dennis Sharp. The Sharp family has lived in the village for over a century and want to develop this back garden site with leading edge houses that will leave a positive legacy for future generations. The houses will be built using state of the art technology and designed to use very little energy.

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Care Homes Springbanks

Stoke-on-Trent

Spring bank is a 1960 conversion and in need of modernisation. Works are underway to improve ventilation, making better use of space internally and externally so that residents have a bright, airy and caring place.

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Apartments: Acacia Lodge

Staines

This new exciting design for 14 apartments is on a brownfield site in Staines near the train station.

The modern design is fully energy efficient and will be equipped with the latest computer technology to manage the running of the home from anywhere in the world.

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Hotels: Westward Ho! Hotel

Devon

Westward Ho! Hotel is a signature building designed to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area. Its unique design has the potential of transforming the area and can be compared with the Chipperfield Turner Gallery in Margate or the recently opened Kengo Kuma gallery in Dundee. Westward Ho! Hotel commands views to the beach with floor to ceiling glass walls. The fractal origami side elevations will create frozen waves and are inspired by nautical themes of ships, hulls and surfing boards.

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