PCMS Design is currently project managing the construction of a new free-standing pre-school building in the grounds of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Caddington, just outside Dunstable. Works are progressing smoothly and the whole project is on target for completion later this term, which means that the new pre-school will be ready to open for business in January.
The contractors have worked well, completing each stage in accordance with the project plan. A striking architectural detail is the zinc standing seam roof (see photo) which provides a hard-wearing and cost-effective alternative to concrete or slate tiles.
Upon completion, there will be a large multi-purpose playroom and associated facilities, together with external play space to fulfil the government’s curriculum objective of children being offered outside play every day.
“Our design team have experience of designing Early Years facilities and we have worked with the local authority, the school and the Diocese of Northampton to deliver this project,” commented Alex Bond, Project Manager.
PCMS Design are very pleased to have secured planning consent last month for a residential customer based in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire.
We immediately spotted the potential to improve their chalet style bungalow, which is in a lovely location on the edge of the village. The dwelling had already been extended to the rear, but was very dated and in need of a complete refurbishment.
Rather than extend again to the back or side, our designers have proposed a scheme to create extra space by raising the pitched roof by around one metre. This enables the formation of three larger first floor bedrooms, one with an en suite, and frees up space on the ground floor for a bigger living room with wide bi-fold doors to access the garden. All of the internal spaces will be extensively reconfigured, and a combination of roof lights with two small dormer windows will allow natural light to flood into the first floor. The external appearance of the house will also be improved.
It is hoped that construction works will begin shortly. Homeowner Mr Cheeseman said: “PCMS took on board our initial ideas for the house and worked with us to design a scheme that was realistic to build and delivered the improvements we were looking for. We would have no hesitation in recommending them.”