Ellis Williams Architects

The Portiuncula, St Clare's Convent

We have a passion for creating
great buildings and spaces that
people enjoy using. Our approach
is collaborative, enthusiastic and
consistent - design individuality
that is achieved by an ability to
listen and reflect client need

Unsere Passion ist das Entwerfen von Gebäuden und Räumen, in denen sich Menschen wohlfühlen. Unsere Haltung ist gemeinschaftlich, enthusiastisch und anspruchsvoll. Unsere Ergebnisse sind getragen von der Fähigkeit des Zuhörens und der Umsetzung der Anforderungen und Wünsche des Bauherrn.

 

The Portiuncula, St Clare's ConventClay Cross, Derbyshire

Set amidst a westerly view of the stunning Derbyshire Peak District, the Portiuncula was commissioned by the Franciscan Minoress Sisters to provide a hermitage annexed to their existing convent. 

The principles of the design required that the building was to embody the philosophy of St Francis of Assisi. The brief required that the centre would allow people to visit and stay in a serene environment with the option of either engaging in social support groups or individual contemplation.

The layout reflects the Franciscan philosophy of contemplative prayer, service and fraternity and includes five study bedrooms or hermitages, a communal dining and living space, contemplation space, a private chapel and peace garden.

The building has a sedum green roof and the chapel carves seamlessly into the landscape to reduce visual impact. The locally sourced materials including Derbyshire stone reflect its rural location. The project was developed in collaboration with stained-glass artist Cate Watkinson.

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Dominic Williams

DirectorDominic Williams

Joined EllisWilliams in: 1994
Qualifications: BArch (Hons) DipArch (Dis) RIBA, ARB
Dominic has designed projects such as the Welsh National Sailing Centre and Events Centre, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Q3 Design Academy and a 50,000sqm mixed use project in Georgia for Rezid holdings. He worked previously at SOM on commercial and  master-planning schemes in Berlin and Amsterdam.
Dominic has over 23 years chartered experience and his sector range also includes arts, leisure, education and historic buildings.  His projects often involve the need for intense public consultation often with cross over between public and private use.  He has a long held interest in cultural spaces and recent work in that field includes Warwick University arts centre, Chester Renew and  the Mostyn gallery which acheived both RIBA and Civic Trust awards. Dominic is currently working with Hounslow Council on their new Civic Centre and  also  completing a new EFA  University Technical College in Warrington.
He has lectured throughout the UK, has been an external examiner at several universities, is a RIBA Client Design Advisor and has acted as a judge for the RIBA Awards Panel. He was awarded the gold medal for architecture Wales  and he has also contributed work to numerous publications including the recent Taschen' Architecture Museums Now!' publication.

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Louise Sheridan

AssociateLouise Sheridan

Joined EWA in: 1998

Qualifications: BA(Hons) BArch ARB 

Louise joined EllisWilliams Architects after studying at the University of Liverpool and was promoted to Associate in 2007. She has developed her skills working on new build and remodelling projects of varying values, sizes and procurement types within the arts, residential, education and leisure sectors, successfully delivering projects such as Q3 Academy, Darlington College, Mid-Cheshire College and The Palace Theatre. She has been involved in extensive research into the design, development, funding and procurement of schools and colleges and was Technical Advisor to Stockton-on-Tees BSF bid.

As a member of the Sport England Lottery Monitoring team, she developed an extensive knowledge of sports design and construction, one of many fields of interest, which has overlapped into her current project work including The Welsh National Sailing Academy + Events Centre.

Louise is a member of the EWA Marketing and Business Development Group and has assisted in the design and development of our new website.

 

 

 

 

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