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October 2015 The past 5 months have been busy. Work on The Savoy Cinema, Stockport was completed (with Building Regs Approval and Planning Consent obtained- see elevation drawing). The boutique cinema opened last week. More photos to follow soon. Building Regs Approval was also obtained for my Clients on the large property extension in Suffolk with building operations to commence soon. The practice has further cinema work in the pipeline and other residential commissions. Watch out also for more stimulating articles on the cinema design front which, as usual, will be posted on LinkedIn.
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May 2015 Our recent practice news include the following: a) full planning permission obtained from West Suffolk Council in March for a large property extension in Suffolk for private clients, b) recent commission include the design of a 3-storey house in Derbyshire for a private client, c) ongoing refurbishment of a disused cinema into a boutique cinema in the Manchester area, d) recent cinema articles posted on LinkedIn in March include a book review of ‘Lure of The Big Screen’ (author: Karina Aveyard). More news soon…

December 2014 The practice has been appointed to provide a full architectural service for internal alterations and a large residential extension to a property in Suffolk. It is also currently working on a new build mixed use leisure/penthouse development in East Anglia. Recent cinema articles by Bill Chew have been posted on LinkedIn. These are entitled 'Agents of Change: Design Trends in the Independent Cinema Sector (A Personal View)' and 'Rural Cinema (Pssst...is Alive and Well in Suffolk'. More cinema articles and book reviews will follow in due course.

March 2014 Community Cinema is as old as cinema itself. Read about it's history and recent trends in 'Cinema For All' published in Screen Trade Magazine, February/March 2014
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September 2013 Community cinemas are becoming the flavour of the month; article to appear in Screen Trade magazine in the February 2014 issue featuring interesting new and previous community cinema projects.

June 2013 ‘Return of The Regal II’ :article describing the practicalities and issues concerning a major cinema conversion.
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April 2013 Bill Chew Architect Ltd has signed up to take part in Architect in the House - the joint charitable initiative by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Shelter.

Homeowners can receive an hours consultation with a RIBA chartered architect for a suggested donation of £45 to Shelter. Whether it’s inspiration for a study, and extra bedroom, or just better living spare you need, a chartered RIBA architect can offer creativity and professional advice that will help bring your ideas to life - there is no project too small that an architect can’t tackle.

Architect in the House"The English Housing Survey has shown that nearly two-thirds of homeowners have lived in the same home for at least ten years. With more of us staying put while our families grow, home improvements can be the best option in making sure our homes fit our changing needs"

"I urge anyone in the Bury St. Edmunds are who is thinking of undertaking work on their home to use an architect who signed up for Architect in the House. We can help people unleash the potential of their homes while helping those with more significant housing problems."

Homeowners can register for their consultation by visiting www.architectinthehouse.org.uk and will be matched to a local RIBA chartered architect best suited to meet their requirements.

March 2013 Pictures from The Regal Cinema, Melton Mowbray after it's recent makeover. A detailed article giving further interesting information about the refurbishment and those who helped on the project will appear in the June issue of Cinema Technology magazine.
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March 2013 Article on 'Return of The Regal-Melton's 'New' Independent Cinema' by Bill Chew published in Cinema Technology magazine, March 2013. The Regal was closed in June 2012. This article provides information about the cinema's new owners, what they have done with the refurbishment of the cinema and trends in the independent sector. A second article covering the cinema's opening and public reception will appear later.

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December 2012. Article ‘Boothless Cinemas- Is Less More? Part 2’ by Bill Chew published in Cinema Technology magazine, December 2012. This article traces the early history of boothless experiments in the UK.

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November 2012. Appointed CDM Co-ordinator for a commercial project.

October 2012. Recent appointments include;

  1. Cinema Refurbishment in the Midlands
  2. Alterations to a House in Bromley
More news coming soon...

September 2012. Article ‘Boothless Cinemas-Is Less More?’ by Bill Chew published in Cinema Technology magazine. This detailed article traces the history and development of the current international phenomenon of Boothless Cinemas and explains it’s advantages.

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Archive of previous cinema-related articles by Bill Chew

‘Cathay Rising:The Story of Loke Wan Tho and the Cathay Organisation’, Cinema Technology, June 2008

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‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’ (The Re-Birth Of Belper’s New Cinema), Cinema Technology, September 2006

‘Puttin’ On The Ritz II’, Cinema Technology, March 2007

‘Soho Images Dual Purpose Preview Theatre’, Cinema Technology, December 2004

‘A Real Cinema in a Care Home’, Cinema Technology, June 2004

‘Light Fantastic! The Electric and The Era of The Luxury Cinema’, Cinema Technology, September 2003

If you are unable to access these articles online, then please contact me and I will provide copies via email.

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