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Sectors

Here are the areas in which we specialise:

Residential

Our residential portfolio and experience ranges from large scale developments to single bespoke houses and extensions with varying design styles and features.  SMG aims to ensure the living needs of our clients are fully realised.  We take inspiration for design from the client and from the local vernacular.

SMG has been working in the residential sector since the organisation was established in 1980.  During this period we have developed a diverse and eclectic portfolio of projects and an ever increasing level of expertise.

With offices in Norwich and Sheringham, SMG is able to work on projects covering all of East Anglia and beyond. If you would like some advice or a free initial consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us at either of the offices and we will be more than happy to assist.

 

Education

SMG believes architecture is crucial within the educational sector, actively inspiring young, developing minds.  SMG Architects has worked on numerous projects within this sector and our portfolio includes Gresham's School, Paston Sixth Form College and Woodfields School.  This diverse array of educational projects has given SMG the understanding and experience that is required to provide architectural services for all types of educational projects.

Barns

SMG has vast experience in conservation and design covering a broad spectrum of styles and types of barns across Norfolk.

We have been involved in many barn conversion projects and therefore understand the need to ensure the design not only satisfies the requirements of the local council but is also complementary to any existing structure or the surrounding landscape.

With ever changing regulations and the relaxation of many, now is the perfect time to consider a barn conversion.

Ecclesiastical

SMG has over the years had the pleasure of working on many places of worship varying from local parish churches to new-build, modern worship centres.

We have a proven track record of working on the most sensitive buildings.  We have won awards for our extensions, new builds and accessibility adaptation to ecclesiastical buildings.

We believe it is essential to preserve our built heritage but also to create a design that satisfies our clients’ needs and is beneficial to the church's future.

Sustainability

Building use in the UK contributes to about 50% of the UK's carbon emissions and the construction contributes a further 7%. SMG recognises that the products of our designs will have a much greater environmental impact than our operations.

SMG realises there is a global need for sustainable construction and more importantly sustainable living.  We make every effort to incorporate, where possible, sustainable energy sources and materials into our proposals.

Our intention is to create designs that incorporate sustainability, satisfying the clients’ needs and also complementing the local area.

Master Planning

Master planning is something SMG has been involved in since the company's inception and, during this time, we have completed a wide range of projects across the breadth and depth of Norfolk.

Working mainly for the private sector, on brown and green fields sites, we have created designs and detailed construction drawings.

SMG aims to take into account the main aims of the project without forgetting the need for privacy or the importance of sustainability.

Our master planning incorporates the needs of the client, the user and the surrounding communities wherever possible.

Commercial and Public

SMG has developed a prominent name in the public sector with innovative work on the award winning Tourist Information Centre in Cromer as well as numerous other projects for the local district council.  

Public projects often have a great impact onto the surrounding area and community.  The building design should therefore be in tune with these needs and requirements.

Commercial buildings are generally designed to assist with business goals, which can include productivity, sustainability, financial goals and customer care.  As with public buildings, commercial buildings need to be designed in such a way as to ensure the organisation’s goals are fully realised.  We have completed a large range of commercial buildings and complexes with a wide range of specific requirements and uses.  Our experience and knowledge within this sector is continually developing. 

 

'It is a new hub of information for tourists and locals alike with a striking roofline of conical turrets and canopies on the Cromer skyline.'
EDP by Richard Batson (reporting on Cromer TIC [left])

Clinical Negligence

For over a decade SMG has been involved in a range of special care projects throughout the East Anglian region, mainly in association with local solicitors.

We appreciate the issues experienced as a result of serious injury and the necessity for positive, proactive and professional work.

These projects require good budgeting and construction management to ensure provisions meet the required standard.

SMG understands that a building has to be designed primarily to satisfy the needs of the occupant and this is emphasised considerably when taking into account medical conditions and requirements.

Conservation

SMG's experience of conservation work is broad, spans across Norfolk and includes buildings of varied age and therefore design styling.

Our designs are intended to complement existing buildings or buildings within close proximity.  This can be achieved by using traditional detailing and construction techniques or alternatively by using a contrasting, contemporary style.

SMG has developed a thorough understanding of the design styles and detailing of different historic buildings.  We have also developed a strong working relationship with the conservation department of the local council.

Clients

Nursing/Residential Homes

St Davids Nursing Home, Sheringham
Suncourt Nursing Home, Sheringham

Churches

St Peter's Church, Sheringham
Sheringham Baptist Church
St Andrew's Church, Little Barningham
St Joseph's RC Church, Cromer and Sheringham
St Andrew's Church, Holt

Housing

Norfolk Homes Ltd
Fairstead Homes Ltd
Character Homes

Retail

Various Garden Centres
Appleyard, Holt
Sheringham Development Company
Goymour Properties

Education

Paston College
Ladybird Day Nursery, Sheringham
Gresham's School, Holt
Sheringham High School
Sheringham County Primary School

Leisure

Sheringham Golf Club

Special Requirements

Extensive work in conjunction with Kester Cunningham John Solicitors

Commercial

Units at the Market Place, Holt
Heinz Factory, Worstead
Nissan, Bodham

Industrial

Sheridan Clark (Civil Engineering) Ltd

Offices

Larking & Gowen Accountants, Holt
Hayes & Storr Solicitors, Sheringham

Conservation

National Trust, Horsey
The Windmill, East Runton

Tourism

North Norfolk District Council