People make places
We believe that people make places. We feel therefore that community architecture is not only important, but critical, as a free, organic and exciting built environment response to the needs of people, in a specific place.
Community facilities can include large, flexible halls, multi-function rooms, dedicated areas for meetings, facilities for youth clubs and organisations, along with the as required support and ancillary spaces.
We have over thirty five years experience in helping community organisations alter, expand and improve their community buildings, and in some cases, to develop entirely new facilities.
Our Practice has a working history with a number of fundraising agents, as well as connections to a number of grant awarding bodies, all of whom may be able to support the development of further and better community facilities.
All your community group needs is a vision, we can help with the rest.
Moat House Community Trust On behalf of MHCT I am pleased to provide a reference for the architectural services provided to MHCT by Vagdia and Holmes. As a community based charitable trust the project undertaken was a new and important investment for the trust as it involved the purchase and conversion of a large industrial unit into multiple occupancy units. With the challenge of not only a tight budget and tight deadlines; it also required tendering for and managing contractors building contractors. Furthermore with an element of public funds there were the associated requirements for value for money, transparent processes and a clear audit trail. A particular additional feature was the need to engage and communicate effectively with community and Board members most of who had little, or no understanding of the technical requirements involved. I am pleased to say that Vagdia and Holmes did an excellent job in every respect meeting the deadline, keeping within and managing the budget, overseeing contractors whilst developing a good and trusting relationship with the community and Board.Dianne Williams, Vice Chair Moat House Community Trust (2013)
Without the level of support and guidance we received at the Coventry Sea Cadets, we would have struggled to get our building project off the ground. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Vagdia and Holmes to any other voluntary or third sector organisation.Lieutenant (SCC) S P Warwick RNR – Commanding Officer – Coventry Sea Cadets (2011)
Prompt response to queries, always helpful, whether by telephone, Email or in text.Vicki Urch, Director, Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire (2013)
We are delighted that Vagdia and Holmes are able to support the Brunswick Health Living Centre. They have offered prompt, straightforward and clear advice for our ongoing property needs. We found their service to be focused and well considered, they listening to our requirements carefully, and responded accordingly. We look forward to working with them on this project, and others into the future. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to any other Community based organisations who need help with their buildings.Tracey Neumann, Director, Brunswick Healthy Living Centre, Leamington Spa (2014)
Broad Street Meeting Hall is a small community centre in the heart of Foleshill, Coventry. Vagdia and Holmes couldn't have been more helpful in providing design, budget advice and preliminary drawings for our planned refurbishment and extension. Their experience of working with charities and grant funding, and their straightforward approach, helps to de-mistify some of the complexities of doing building projects with grant funding.Alan Griffiths, President, BSMH (2015)