Yearly Archives: 2011

Clapham Pre-School

Friday, December 9th, 2011

PCMS has recently completed a very rewarding project in Bedfordshire for Clapham Pre-School. The Pre-School had been based in a modular unit for many years, and the facilities – both outside and in – were deteriorating. The Pre-School Committee decided to seek funding to build a permanent home; through a combination of grants and fund-raising, they raised enough money to construct a new building.

Luckily, there was space on the mixed use site to begin construction whilst the children continued to attend pre-school in the modular unit next door. We designed a striking building, with white rendered walls and an integral canopy with powder coated steel supports, and an unusual sloping roof. The light and airy inside spaces are painted in bright modern colours, and the immediate grounds have been turfed to create a really practical and pleasant outside area for the children and staff.

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Children’s Centre Design – Inspired by the Modernist Movement!

Monday, September 5th, 2011

PCMS was recently commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council to take an unused building and bring it back to life for use as a Children’s Centre.

The building had been unoccupied for some years and was becoming a target for vandals. As it occupies a prominent position next to Tithe Farm Lower School the potential was there to create something to enhance the street scene, and improve the appearance of the school site generally.

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Grand Transformations

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Work has recently been completed on a residential project in Buckinghamshire, much to the delight of the property owners.

Our clients wanted to improve the layout of their kitchen and dining area, and were keen to find a solution to both improve the circulation space around the ground floor and substantially enhance their small kitchen. PCMS suggested integrating the two areas to create one large living space. By removing part of an internal wall, an open and more flexible area was created enabling the client to position a larger dining table for entertaining.

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Innovative Classroom Solution

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Work has recently been completed on a modular classroom unit at Fairfield Park Lower School in Stotfold, Hertfordshire.

Pupil numbers are steadily increasing due to housing development in the surrounding area, and PCMS was asked by the Headteacher to come up with a sensitive solution to an immediate problem: how to cater for another classroom of children quickly and on a restricted budget.

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Steaming Ahead

Monday, May 16th, 2011

PCMS is currently working on an interesting project for Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway (C&PRR). The historic railway is a popular local tourist and railway enthusiast’s centre on the edge of the Chiltern Hills which opens at weekends and holiday times offering steam and diesel train rides along a stretch of some 3.5 miles of former Great Western Railway track

When Taylor Wimpley Homes announced plans to redevelop a large site immediately adjacent to the railway at the former Chinnor Cement Works, an opportunity arose to make some additions and improvements to the railway’s buildings

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