Yearly Archives: 2012

New Build Project at Southill Lower School

Work has recently started on a new reception classroom project at Southill Lower School, a site which is in a conservation village setting between the towns of Biggleswade and Shefford in Bedfordshire.

The School is very pleased that work has begun, as it has been a long term goal to convert an existing outbuilding in the grounds to serve as teaching space. When we conducted a survey and feasibility study on the old brick building earlier in the year however, it became clear that a conversion project would not be economically viable. So demolition of the existing shed would need to take place first in order to replace it with a new classroom, and we were pleased to oblige with designs and plans.

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PCMS to Appear on New Channel 4 Programme

PCMS are very excited to be appearing in Sarah Beeny’s new Channel 4 property show Double your House for Half the Money. The episode of the series, to be screened on Tuesday 18th September, features the story of how a family set about creating their perfect family home in the village of Easington, near Long Crendon in Buckinghamshire.

Their late 19th century farm workers cottage was in a fantastic rural location, but was much smaller than required for the growing Croft-Baker family. PCMS stepped in to project manage the build which includes a rear extension, side extension and extensive internal alterations. The number of bedrooms was doubled to four, a family bathroom and large new en suite was installed and a large and flexible kitchen / dining / living space was created by extending to the side of the house.

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PCMS Finalist in the LABC Best Sustainable Building Category

We were very pleased to be named as a Finalist in the LABC Central Region ‘Best Sustainable Building’ category this year. This was for our design and project management of a first floor extension at The Lawns Early Excellence Centre in Biggleswade – see our April post for full details.

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New Scout Building Rises from the Ashes

When in 2007 fire destroyed the old timber Scout Hut in the Buckinghamshire village of Long Crendon, PCMS was asked by the leaders of 1st Bernwood Forest Scout Group to design and project manage a replacement. Now, exactly 5 years after the blaze that destroyed the hut, the Scout Group has a brand new purpose-designed building to move into.

PCMS first took a detailed brief to develop a user requirement list for the Scout building. The site had various challenges; for instance, there were space limitations due to the small plot and adjoining residential neighbours. Because the site is within a Conservation Area, the support of the Long Crendon Preservation Society and also the Parish Council was crucial, and PCMS helped to enlist support by attending meetings to present the project proposal.

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PCMS Shortlisted for LABC Building Excellence Award

We were very pleased to hear this week that a recent PCMS project has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Sustainable Building’ category of the LABC Building Excellence Awards in the Central Region.

LABC is a member organisation representing local authority building control officers in England and Wales, and each year they run a series of regional awards to recognise high quality design and construction work. 

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Towersey Memorial Hall

We were very pleased to hear this week that planning permission has been granted by South Oxfordshire District Council for a village hall project in Towersey near Thame.

Towersey Memorial Hall has served the local community as a meeting place and venue for social events since the 1920s. The timber framed main hall has two ‘wings’ dating back to the 1960s
that are in a poor state of repair. PCMS has just secured planning permission for the village hall to replace them using the latest modern building methods and materials. One wing will have a new catering-style kitchen and bar area and the other a cloakroom and WCs to include facilities for disabled people.

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Listed Building Consent

PCMS has recently secured listed building consent for a residential client in Chearsley, Buckinghamshire. Our client approached us with plans for various alterations to the back of their
home, which looks out onto a secluded cottage garden. The house is Grade II listed and therefore any refurbishment or construction works require knowledge of conservation areas and the planning requirements.

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Improvements at Ivel Valley School

Ivel Valley School was established in September 2010 following the merger of two existing special schools. The staff have expertise in looking after pupils with moderate to severe learning difficulties, many of whom also have a range of sensory and physical needs; therefore having specialised facilities at the school is vitally important.

As part of an ongoing series of projects that we have worked on to improve this mixed-use educational site in Biggleswade, a refurbishment scheme at Ivel Valley has just been completed. The school had a large open space with a number of ancillary rooms leading off it, in a wing previously used as a nursery. However, this space had potential to provide much more suitable accommodation for the school.

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