You’ll never they know those Chimneys aren’t real!!

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Elm Park Care Home, Doncaster, recently had the roof topped off with two chimneys, marking a landmark point in the construction and on track for completion in September 2014.

Walter Thompson’s construction of the 75 bed care home is well on its way, with the building’s superstructure complete and the interior fit out progressing apace.

Operator Darrington Healthcare, who currently run Willow Park in Pontefract also by Alston Murphy Architects, have already received many enquiries and look forward to opening Elm Park’s doors this September.


SSL Healthcare Home hits Practical Completion

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Northern Construction Services ( have recently completed work on the alterations and extension to SSL Healthcare Dementia Home in Lazenby, Cleveland. The Project began some 2 years ago however, home ownership and project structuring has resulting in delays to the construction work itself, but not to the detriment of the building; the result from NCS is an excellent build on one of their first ventures into the care sector.

The team have worked well on what is a difficult project, in terms of architecture and construction; extending a dementia care home full with residents is never an easy task but this was executed very well by the work force on site. SSL Healthcare ( have added additional bedrooms, all en-suite, one of which being a purpose built respite room with ceiling tracking system. The new and improved entrance creates a far better sense of identity and allows for more efficient working for the staff. We look forward to working with SSL Healthcare and NCS in the future…

AGBO Stages Rally get Architects season under way

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Rally enthusiast and AMA Architect Ollie, along with team mate Tom and after 16 months of building the new Peugeot 106 stage rally car, finally rolled her off the trailer at Weston Park in Staffordshire for their maiden event as ‘car and crew’ at National B level.

The morning run through the stately home estate was very slippy with heavy downpours and ruts bringing mud on to the tarmac stages, catching many including ourselves out. On the whole it was a steady start to get to grips with the car. With Tom driving the event, for the first time competitively, and it being local to his parents home, he set some impressive times on the morning run of 5 stages. One stage was lost due to the air ambulance being required to attend to two members who rolled their Ford Escort after clipping a tree stump, fortunately both being fine and later released from hospital.

After a few adjustments to the camber and front suspension, it was back out in the afternoon for a reversal of the morning stages, now in dry conditions and able to push a little more. going into the final stage the boys were in a good position and hoping to break into the top 50. The pair were pushing to the finish and approaching the penultimate chicane, which had gravel from the reversed morning loop on the entry into it, the back end stepped out and we found a bale rolling over on itself. It was a heavy impact which put a sizeable dent into the rear quarter [and AMA livery!] but Ollie urged Tom to get to the finish. Only cosmetic damage affected the car but we lost a few seconds in the incident and ended the day 7th in Class and 51st O/A, equal on time with 50th and well up on our seeded position of 74th.. Only 5s separated us from 43rd and 4th in the class so a lot to take away from the day with  good pace.

The car is now getting fixed and will be ready for the next event which will hopefully be the John Overend Memorial Rally, on Melbourne Airfield on the 11th May. To get your company on the car, contact Ollie at the office.


Doncaster hits the Roof!

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Roof trusses were going on when the latest Doncaster site visit took place at the end of March, progressing quickly and on schedule. The architecture services from AMA is on the second home for Willow Park Care and stands proudly on the prominent site, just on the outskirts of the town.

The Project Architect for AMA is happy with progress on site with the principle contractor, Walter Thompson, making good time and putting their excellent workmanship to good effect for the build. Hopefully a good run of warmer and drier weather will allow the project to continue on programme for its anticipated opening in late summer/autumn.

BIM – seminar highlights ways forward

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AMA recently attended a BIM seminar in Edinburgh, organised by RIBA North East to see how the future of architecture and BIM within smaller practices can work together and provide a effective way forward for collaborative working. The seminar was most useful and offered a good insight into the pro’s and con’s for implementing the software and new way of working.

The practice is having an CPD on the BIM Seminar and it is certainly something on the AMA radar…