You want to give your construction projects an edge that will make them stand out from the competition? How will you do that?
Your ideal company would:
- be able to come up with really creative concepts...
- ...and then be able to design and detail them, manufacture them and install them
- provide great visuals for you and your clients to approve along the way
- turn your ideas or architect’s concepts into exciting, viable designs (and then make them)
- work with all sorts of materials - steel, wood, glass - and advise on new possibilities with new materials too
- produce tiny specialist stuff like custom door latches right up to big structures like stairs
- make sure that new designs comply with building and CDM regulations
- listen to what you want to achieve - and do it - simply and without hassle or chasing
- integrate environmentally friendly feature such as green roofs, grey water recycling, biomass heating and solar or wind power
- know how to design and detail to Passivhaus requirements
- assist you with the design management of your project to ensure that the build goes smoothly
“So pleased were we with the quality of workmanship which Makersmith were able to deliver that we have returned to them on several occasions since. Their standards are high, their professionalism is undoubted and we have been impressed by their ability to come up with bespoke solutions.”
Jonathan Collingwood, York
We have worked with built environment projects for 20 years, specialising in architectural features and structures, as well as building design. We talk your language and design and build projects that work.
Makersmith were briefed to design a basic external stair to provide access to the back door of a property from a lower level garden on a sloping site. The space was irregular and design was required to incorporate a log store and an easy way of moving a bicycle up and down the stair.
We carried out a full measured survey, 3D modelled the building and then constructed the stair model in situ to ensure that it worked in the space.
The structure was in galvanised steel, as was the log store – which also had a sedum roof. Bicycle access was achieved by incorporating an upward facing channel at the foot of the balustrade so that the bike could be wheeled up what was effectively a sloping track.
The sides of the stair were enclosed with timber clad doors to provide a storage space.
An interesting detail challenge was brought to us as part of a property build where the owner wanted to use reclaimed stonework from a railway bridge arch to provide an arch over a very large window in a new build property.
In order to integrate the arch we had to survey and 3D model the existing stonework and then design:
- Centering to safely locate and support the arch during construction.
- A curved stainless steel cavity closer.
- New stone springers incorporating structural tie rod connections.
- A separate internal support structure to provide lateral restraint to ties embedded into the arch joints and also provide support for a curved internal window reveal.
- A large and complex cavity tray incorporating stainless steel drains at the end of the arch.
The illustration shows how all these criteria were met. The arch and supporting components were constructed and were installed and function exactly as designed.
"Having worked with Makersmith on a few occasions I can say that their design expertise and manufacturing capability is excellent. From fine-tuning my design ideas through to delivering a finished product, they make the process painless. Highly recommended."
Jack Barber - North Yorkshire
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