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  • Residential development nearing completion

    External finishes nearing completion on The Plough Inn residential development in Broomfield, Kent. Comprising the conversion of the listed public house, a new build family dwelling and a number of purpose built 2 bedroom flats.

  • Assisted living apartments near completion

    We are pleased that our collaboration with Westridge Construction Ltd, on delivering twenty-nine 1&2 bedroom assisted living apartments for Ashford Borough Council at East Stour Court, have continued to progress to such a great standard.

  • Planning consent granted on brownfield site

    TJDA are delighted to have gained full planning consent at committee for a 54 unit mixed use development on a brownfield site in the heart of Colchester. The proposal comprises the demolition of an existing car showroom to make way for a new purpose-built 44 bed assisted living facility with basement parking, and 10 unit apartment development located in a sought after position near the town centre.

  • Margate Seafront Projects

    At TJDA we always enjoy the opportunities afforded by seafront sites, and have been lucky enough to work on many such projects over the years. Sands Hotel in Margate for example, was pivotal in the regeneration of this part of Margate. We combined the contemporary tranquil setting and maintained aspects of the Victorian heritage of the building. Part of Margate’s beauty are the stunning views over the bay, and this was a key concept throughout the design. We also have 3 other schemes currently underway on Margate Seafront, including extensions and refurbishment at no’s 24, 25, 26 and 27 Marine Terrace, and a first floor extension to The Flamingo Arcade to provide exciting new leisure facilities for locals and the hundreds and thousands of annual visitors to this historic and architectural jewel of a town.

  • Former pub to family home and 2 bed flats under construction

    Since planning was granted, the refurbishment and conversion of former Plough Inn public house in Kent, and construction of another family home and four 2 bedroom flats, has been developing well. The timber frame of both new buildings is now fully erected.

  • Custom House Regeneration Submitted to planning

    TJDA are pleased to announce that our project for the redevelopment and regeneration of the Grade II listed Custom House on the River Thames in Gravesend has been submitted to planning. This exciting regeneration scheme will sensitively respect the character and appearance of the Grade II listed buildings, whilst carefully considering the site's heritage and historic value to Gravesend. The proposal seeks to reuse, upgrade and sensitively extend the existing Grade II listed building and associated ancillary buildings to provide 27 residential units comprising of a mixture of one, two and three bedroom apartments and town houses. The original part of the existing building will be reinstated into 10 luxury apartments, with a single self-contained town-house in the adjacent ‘Coach House’ facilitated by the addition of a contemporary first floor extension. The redevelopment will be supported and underpinned by a landscaping scheme which creates a series of interconnected hard and soft landscaped zones throughout the site, culminating in a shared amenity space and private beach area set directory on the river Thames. The proposed development will bring the Grade II listed building back into active use, ensuring the ongoing protection and maintenance of this important heritage asset, long into the future. The Grade II Listed ‘Gazebo’ and the adjacent riverside area will be thoroughly refurbished, landscaped and brought back into communal use, significantly enhancing the appearance and setting of this heritage asset and fantastic riverfront location.

  • Prestigious 'Gold Cup' Race completed

    Ramsgate week 2021 drew to a close with the prestigious ‘Gold Cup’ Race. With a stronger breeze and a crew member down, TJDA sponsored Team Assassin, who achieved a 4th place in class 1, and 7th overall for the Gold Cup. This rounded the regatta off with a 1st place in class 1 for the QE2 cup, and fantastic podium position for the overall championship, equal on points to 2nd place Sir Richard Mathews 52ft ‘Oystercatcher XXXV’, and only 2 points behind 1st place ‘Stiletto’ in IRC (International Race Certificate) overall. We are hugely proud of the team for achieving such a fantastic result against incredibly stiff competition, and now look forward to competing in the forthcoming RTYC Autumn Series.

  • Proud to be sponsoring Team Assassin for the 2021 racing season.

    TJDA are proud to be sponsoring Team Assassin for the 2021 Racing Season. We have made an effort this year to encourage younger and less experienced sailors into the sport, and have been focussed on a training and coaching programme, which resulted in a 2nd place in the RTYC (Royal Temple Yacht Club) spring series. The focus now is on the regatta, but we will also be competing in the RTYC Autumn Series later this year, then hopefully go on to participate in events such as the ‘Round The Island’ Race and perhaps some Offshore / Cross Channel races in 2022 – covid restrictions permitting. Turner Jackson & Day Associates, Director, Alex Jackson in the race as part of Team Assassin! Race Results

  • Bold contemporary scheme in Kent

    This bold contemporary apartment scheme on the West Cliff in Ramsgate, Kent, is now nearing completion. The design utilises fully glazed walls to capitalise on the uninterrupted sea views. The glass and smooth white render to the facades, is balanced by softer textures and patina of grey Geobrick and vertical timber cladding.

  • Gary Turner - Director. Radio interview

    Gary started his own practice in 1995, working mainly on residential, industrial, healthcare and leisure projects. Gary talks to Academyfms Chris West about adapting / extending and creating new care homes, from the 1905 'workhouses' to New concept 5* residences. Audio Text Audio Transcript Chris West: Gary Turner of Turner Jackson Day Associates, they’re an architectural company who design buildings and sectors in residential, commercial, education and leisure. They’re based in Whitstable and Gary specialises, and has an interest in the care home sector. A very good morning Gary. Gary Turner: Hi Chris, good to talk to you. Chris West: Now Gary, it’s a challenging time for everyone at the moment during the pandemic, but it’s been particularly difficult for the care homes. When someone comes to you and they would like assistance in a care home scheme, what does that work normally involve? Gary Turner: It varies to be honest, sometimes we’re asked to design a brand new care home facility, which is always very exciting, at the moment for example we’re looking at several large new build developments, we’ve got a 60 bed assistance living scheme in Ashford, for the local authority there, and we’re designing a 70 bed new care home up in Colchester. Often though we’re just called in to adapt or extend an existing home and the extensions normally range from the sort of 6 bed up to 30 bedroom extensions. Recently for example a client purchased a redundant care home in Ipswich, which was an ex local authority home, generally these are under standard, none of the bedrooms had ensuite facilities, they were all very small rooms, (about 10 square metres) so we extended the ground and first floors and put a new first floor over the top. The final scheme provided 66 ensuite bedrooms which were all about, well a minimum of 16 square metres, there was also a cinema there, a hair dressing room, library, coffee shop as well as numerous lounges and courtyard sensory gardens. Chris West: Wow that sounds great. Gary Turner: Other times were just called in to help make the homes compliant, which can be from a regulatory perspective, also occasionally get means of escape issues that get flagged up by the fire officer that the homes owners weren’t aware of. Each project comes with its own challenges, we always try to strive to maximise the homes potential. Chris West: Yes and how has the care home design evolved over the recent years, what positive impact has it had on residents? Gary Turner: Well, care homes as we know them are quite a new concept. Historically people who needed care and could afford it, were looked after in their own homes and those who couldn’t , unfortunately were sent to the workhouses. I think it was in 1905, Royal Commission decided that the workhouses were no longer serving their initial purpose and local authorities were granted power to take them over and run them as municipal hospitals and care homes for the elderly. But by, I think it was 1960, just over 50% of the local authority care homes were still former work houses, so it was only sort of 20 years later, when Margaret Thatcher came into power that care provision for older people shifted to the Private sector. By 2000, about 85% of care homes were privately run. These are now all regulated by the care quality commission which monitors, inspects and regulates hospitals and care homes and we’ve got the national minimum standards in place now which govern the principals of design for care. Homes now offer incredible facilities for the residents. They’ve got cinemas, physio therapy suites, hairdressing rooms, some have even got therapy pools. Now also designed particularly for the needs of dementia patients which accounts probably for about 70% of the residents in homes at the moment. Things have improved massively over the years, but there’s still room for a lot of improvement. Chris West: Yes, some of them are like 5 star hotels aren’t they? Gary Turner: Oh indeed, we’re working on some at the moment which are like going to a nice boutique hotel, yes lovely environments now. Chris West: What is the future for care homes and what will they look like? Gary Turner: Well, prior to Covid, there was already a funding crisis within the care sector, more than 30 years after social care became one of the first public health services being privatised, the shortfall in funding has pretty much reached crisis point, which is putting a lot of pressure on care homes and hospitals as well. Care for the elderly isn’t free, it forces people to search for care. 90% of care is now privately owned, so it’s either single families or large private equity chains. Fees have been rising above the rate of inflation, mainly due to the running costs which account for 80% of the fees for the homes. There’s been a number of consultations and independent commissions since 1998, to sort of try and grabble with the issues of how to provide a sustainable adult care system, which at the moment is costing the government about £23 billion a year in England alone and Care England is pushing for a £7 billion a year to try and resolve these issues, so that’s crucial really. Obviously care homes have been badly hit by covid, we now need to deliver an even higher quality environment with the flexibility to respond to any future outbreaks. I feel we’ve been designing homes with smaller household hubs, to try and keep it down to 8-10 residents, so they’ve all got their own common areas, so that when you’ve got staff and visitors coming in they’re not walking through other households, which will help to try and reduce the risk of any future infections. Also homes for the future they’re going to have to try and harness assisted technology as well and create more sustainable living environments for the residents. During covid we’ve seen the massive advantage of Skype and Facetime and this is probably going to evolve into 3D holograms. We’ve got wearable technologies at the moment, they can monitor the heart rate and steps and distances etc. of the residents. They’re soon going to be able to monitor respiratory rates and fluid retention, so they’re be able to sort of 'sense' potential heart conditions quite early on. Chris West: That’s fantastic. Gary Turner: Over in Japan at the moment they’re creating robots that are being used in care homes, there’s one call Paro, which is being developed to work therapeutically with people living with dementia. They’ve also got another one called Robear that performs specific care tasks in the care homes over there, so that can help with lifting people from their beds, helping residents to stand. So the future of care is going to be extremely exciting and it’s all about trying to create architecture that will deliver environments that we all want to occupy in our old age. Chris West: That’s fantastic, well the future sounds really good. Now Gary if people want to get in touch with Turner Jackson Day Associates, how do they do it? Gary Turner: If you just look on our website, if it’s care related, obviously ask for me but any other sectors, just feel free to ring through and speak to myself, Alex or Michael. Chris West: Lovely well thank you very much for talking to us it was really interesting. Gary Turner: Thank you, take care.

  • Michael Day - Director. Radio interview

    Michael Day predominantly works with the Team developing the technical design stages of our projects here at TJDA; post planning and through building control and subsequent construction. Michael talks to Academyfms Chris West about the Functional side of architectural design. Audio text Audio transcript Chris West: This morning we’re talking to Turner Jackson Day Associates, who are high quality and design and very creative company and they have the balance with ensuring the feasibility of a project with clients. My guest today is Michael Day, good morning Michael. Michael Day: Good morning Chris, how are you? Chris West: I’m fine thank you. Michael if you could just explain what you do as a Partner in Turner Jackson Day? Michael Day: Sure, I’m Michael Day, I’m a Director here. I predominantly work with the team, developing the technical design stages of our projects, so that’s post planning and through building control and subsequent construction. Chris West: Right. What drives you personally and how would you describe your approach to projects? Michael Day: I think my personal drive comes from the enjoyment of seeing a project develop and the processes involved in that. Having a knowledge and understanding of how and why a building has been designed and subsequently constructed, is quite a fulfilling feeling for me personally and for the team. Particularly if it’s making a difference to improve the way people enjoy their lives. In terms of my approach and our approach as a practice, it’s very much focused on the client brief and understanding exactly what they want to achieve. Sometimes we have strong and clear direction, on where a client wants to take their project and other times, they aren’t sure, but they know they want to add or improve something. We enjoy undertaking different types of projects with different types of clients, and it’s a fulfilling experience to be a part of their journey. Michael Day: Our aim is always to help our clients unlock and realise their project ambitions, whatever their plans are. We always put a strong focus on making sure that the projects we help develop, are done in a way which is practical and financially deliverable for the client. Chris West: Right. With the volume of projects, you’ve worked on, what have you found to be the biggest functional issues in homes? Because sometimes people think we can get this done, but sometimes its not feasible is it? Michael Day: I think from a project development perspective, for sure, but also just the way that people at the moment, and the way homes are today, this most common functional issues are usually down to inefficient circulation and layout of spaces, which ultimately compromises the way you use those spaces and means you’re not extracting the full potential of your home. It’s surprising how much more usable a home is when it’s structured in an efficient way. It really can improve the way you live – simple things like how you move around and between rooms can make such a difference. Chris West: And how do you overcome the design issues you face? Michael Day: I guess it depends on the issue and whether it’s a client looking to improve or change something from the outset or if it’s an issue that has arisen on a project. The approach will vary, but ultimately, it’s about exploring design solutions and being dynamic about it. Approaches and solutions to design are not ‘one fits all’, so you can draw on past experiences but I think it’s about keeping an open mind to the options and applying careful consideration really. Chris West: A lot of the premises you do are bespoke, do you do commercial project as well, and it must be very difficult to overcome the challenges of the functional detailing of a commercial property? Michael Day: Yes, for sure, I think that on commercial projects., everything that you do is a fine balance between cost and end product. But that said - good design doesn’t need to be expensive. It’s about selecting the right design approach and the right products for each individual project. Challenges often arise on projects and to refer back to a previous point, it’s about exploring design solutions and applying open minded consideration to those. Chris West: Yes, and obviously you do residential and commercial, if people want to find out more about Turner Jackson Day Associates, where do they go? Michael Day: Well they can visit our website or they can give us a call and speak to myself or one of my colleagues and we’ll be more than happy to chat through with them what their ambitions are and what their project goals are, and hope to be a part of their journey. Chris West: Yes, that’s great and it must be very exciting to be at the beginning of the stage with someone like yourselves, to actually create something that one day you may be living in. Michael Day: That’s it, for sure, you know whether its residential or building extension or a new build for an individual client, or it’s a space that’s usd by the public, you know ultimately our goal is to help improve the way people live their lives, so being part of that process is very rewarding for us and the team. Chris West: Excellent, well Michael thank you very much for speaking to us today. That’s Michael day from Turner Jacks Day and if you want more information, go to their website or give them a ring. Have a good day.

  • Business Park Expansion

    Turner Jackson Day Associates have prepared a full planning application for the expansion of Barham Business Park. The scheme comprises a further 22 no. commercial units, and 4 no. office units, and has been developed to sensitively integrate with the surrounding built environment, whilst carefully considering the impact on its rural setting and the adjacent AONB.

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