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Well considered design does not have to cost the earth, financially or metaphorically speaking!’, added Mark.

Already in the company’s short history, clients in both domestic and commercial sectors have benefited from this creative and innovative approach.

Having ridden out the economic storm, with the creativeness and attention to detail that Fluid Architecture and Fluid Interiors provide their clients, we believe they deserve to succeed, so why not give them a call to discuss your next project, large or small, domestic or commercial.

Residential Examples Vue de Marais is a small housing development of executive three and four bedroom homes. Fluid Architecture have worked to produce a contemporary, Jersey vernacular, derived principally from the use of local materials, using modern building techniques to suit modern lifestyles. The architecture of the development is split into three styles to respond to existing context, but by using similar local materials the architectural language is completely cohesive.

Cascades Vertes is small group of high quality homes on a prime site in a coastal area of the Island. This particularly special site had many unique features. As the site is located in the Green Backdrop and

Built-up Area Planning Zones, Fluid Architecture decided to adopt a design approach that enhanced and responded to the site in a holistic way. Key to its success as a design is the way in which the new buildings provide a lush, green terraced screen to enhance the Green Backdrop Zone. Each home has been designed completely separately, giving unique qualities to each and makes the most of the view out to sea and France in the distance.

La Fontaine Martin (pictured background), sits within the Green Zone overlooking the north coast of St Ouen, adjacent to the SSI area of Grosnez. In spite of the Green Zone restrictions Fluid Architecture successfully obtained permission to turn a very ordinary 1970s bungalow into a stunning contemporary open plan home.

The introduction of a new large expanse of glazing takes full advantage of the stunning north coast views across to the other Islands and the French coast beyond, creating a very transparent addition to the main living space and new master bedroom suite. Through the selective removal of various internal and external walls, a fluid and coherent internal organization of the spaces was created, giving rise to a contemporary external façade inclusive of infinity pool and formal landscaping design.

Historical Examples Listed buildings form a significant proportion of the existing buildings on Jersey and they are given a high

level of protection by the local Planning Department.

These buildings are our link to the past and Fluid Architecture believe that it is right that the best examples are protected, provided they are given new life through imaginative and sensitive development. Whether that development responds in a sympathetic or in a more contemporary way depends on the skills of the designer, as many listed buildings have evolved over time. Fluid Architecture can provide the design skills and vision for either.

Over the years Mark and Chris have been involved in the refurbishment and additions to many old buildings. Such as the rebuilding of Bay View cottage, St Peter’s Parish Hall extension, complete with its modern stained glass window and redevelopment of the Havre des Pas Bathing Pool amongst many others.

Healthcare Example Mark commented, that his involvement in healthcare projects are among the most satisfying he has undertaken. He was instrumental in leading

and General Administration and the Day Surgery project, which is arguably one of the most complex projects ever under taken in the island.

The Day Surgery project, was an extremely complex building that rationalised and reorganised many hospital departments in a much more coherent and efficient manner. In total 25 other departments were affected, but the Island’s busy main hospital continued to function with minimal inconvenience, despite the plethora of logistical issues.

Materials for the project were carefully chosen. The reflective green tinted glass of the North elevation, was chosen to reflect the historic listed granite building, rather than compete with the different architectural styles making up the hospital complex. The Calwall system used for the south wall of the Recovery Suite incorporates innovative nano- gel technology providing a highly thermally insulated wall exuding a calming, diffuse light to aid recovery.

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and developing healthcare design projects whilst a partner at his last company and over a number of years Mark led separate projects for various departments at Jersey General Hospital including Oncology, the E.N.T and Eye Department, Clinical Investigations, Acute

this project, opened by Princess Anne, is epitomized by the delight expressed by both staff and patients towards the calming environment created in the new facilities and the award gained at the 2008 Jersey Construction Awards, for Project of the Year.

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