Yearly Archives: 2016

Job Vacancy Immediately Available – Architectural Technologist

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

logo v2PCMS Design is a project management and architectural design firm working on a varied mix of public sector and residential projects. A new vacancy has arisen within our team for an experienced Architectural Technology Professional.

The primary aim is to support projects by developing designs and specifications according to strict deadlines and to meet a budget. The role includes liaising with other team members and third-party contractors or consultants in order to co-ordinate design details and resolve technical issues.

The successful candidate will have a university degree or equivalent qualification in the field of architecture, architectural technology, engineering or building surveying, and a minimum of 3 years direct work experience in a building design capacity, including aspects of planning and specification. A good working knowledge of current construction techniques, UK statutory requirements (Building Regulations, Building Bulletins, CDM Regulations, etc) and non-statutory design guidance is essential, in addition to demonstrated experience in CAD.

The experience of working both independently and in a team is important. The ability to effectively prioritise and execute tasks in a time-constrained environment is crucial, as are strong interpersonal skills.

Some local / regional travel may be required for the purpose of meeting with clients or contractors, and candidates will need to have a full driving licence. Depending upon the nature of the projects, there may be a requirement for a DBS check to be carried out.

We are flexible about full-time or part-time hours for the right candidate, and would also consider freelance candidates.

To apply for this vacancy, please email your CV with a covering letter explaining why you will be a good fit for this position and stating salary expectations.

No Agencies Please.

Modular Classrooms Completed at Ivel Valley School

Friday, December 9th, 2016
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Teaching Wall Installation

Another successful educational project was handed over earlier this week, when a two-classroom modular unit was completed on time and within budget. The new classrooms are at Ivel Valley, a special school located in East Bedfordshire for children with moderate to severe physical impairment and special needs.

Once contracts had been signed, the whole build and installation took only 12 weeks. Opting for modular units not only helps with limited budgets, but also offers a quick turnaround for sites that need additional accommodation in a hurry. Modern modular units comply with all the latest construction regulations, and can even be disguised to look like a permanent building! This particular unit has attractive stained timber cladding. There is also flexibility inside; our bespoke design includes not only the classrooms but also a hygiene/changing room with shower, storage space and two individual group rooms. The classrooms each have an interactive ‘teaching wall’.

Ivel Valley’s Head and teaching staff are thrilled with the new two-classroom block, and are already putting it to good use.

PCMS Design attend LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Finals!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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PCMS Design was absolutely delighted to win an Award at the Central Region LABC Building Excellence Awards ceremony in April this year, which was presented for the ‘Best Partnership with a Local Authority Building Control Team’. This was in recognition of the close links we share with our partnership authority, Central Bedfordshire Council.

Last night PCMS Design’s team attended the national LABC Building Excellence Grand Finals, where the winners of 2016 regional awards from around Great Britain assembled to find out who was the overall winner of each category.

Hosted by TV presenter Nick Knowles, the huge ceremony took place at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel and was attended by around 750 construction and building control professionals. We gathered together with some of the key members of Central Bedfordshire Council as the Awards were announced, which officially recognise excellence in the profession.

Although not a national award winner of the ‘Best Partnership’ category we were all thrilled to attend, and are now looking forward to entering two of our projects for the 2017 Awards.

Exciting Site Developments at Denbigh High School

Monday, November 28th, 2016

dsc_6812-external-admin-block-rot-cropThis year has seen the completion of a number of site development projects at Denbigh High School in Luton, four of which we have been involved with. The latest to reach completion is the construction of an extension at the rear of the main school building to provide a larger area for the Chiltern Learning Trust administration team.

There were a number of technical challenges to overcome in order to extend out from the existing two-storey building, which dates from the 1930s and has distinctive windows, some of them arched. We therefore designed a flat-roof extension including windows with glazing bars which harmonise with those around it. We obtained planning permission and building control approval for the new block and project managed the build.

Inside, there is a new open-plan office for staff, together with three separate office and meeting rooms, new toilets and a delivery room, all of which meet the aspirations of the Trust’s expanding administration team. This is part of a longer-term aim to establish a central hub for the Trust in order to rationalise support services.

Planning Success for Front Extension

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

dsc02474Our residential clients in the Buckinghamshire village of Walter’s Ash were delighted this week to hear that planning permission has been granted by Wycombe District Council for a two storey front extension to their home.

The homeowners were keen to gain more space upstairs for a larger master bedroom and new en suite bathroom, and also to reconfigure the downstairs spaces, including a desire for a larger entrance allowing improved circulation for their growing family. We suggested that the floorspace already occupied by a front porch could be better utilised, and that a two storey extension coupled with a modest amount of internal alteration, would allow the family’s aspirations to be met.

In parallel with the planning application, we provided technical details to Thames Water to secure a ‘Build Over / Build Near Agreement’.

Our designs have now received planning permission, and our clients hope to start work on the extension as soon as possible.

Celebration at Chinnor Rugby Club!

Monday, October 24th, 2016

chinnor-rugby-club-lunch-in-oct-16The PCMS Design team was delighted to visit Chinnor Rugby Club last Saturday for a special lunch, celebrating not only the continued success of the Club, but also the recent completion of the new entrance and alterations project. Local dignitaries attending included local MP John Howell, Thame Mayor Linda Emery and Councillor Jeannette Matelot-Green from South Oxfordshire District Council.

The Club made use of our design and project management services after obtaining funding for a series of clubhouse improvements. There is a new welcoming entrance with modern stairwell, refurbished WCs and a larger kitchen fitted with catering equipment for the many functions that take place in the building.

Club president John Ashfield praised the PCMS Design team for delivering the project on time and within budget, and also thanked construction firm Classic Builders (Watlington) Ltd for their efforts during the build. This is Phase 1 of improvements to the clubhouse, and we look forward to working with Chinnor Rugby Club on Phase 2.

Dramatic New Entrance at Luton School

Friday, October 21st, 2016

img_4578-resizedDenbigh High School is well known throughout Luton; originally constructed in the 1930s, it has an impressive façade making it a local landmark.

The main entrance, however, was in need of modernising. We produced a design for the internal spaces that included installation of a new reception counter, refurbishment and extension of the main office, introduction of a new door opening for the head teacher’s PA and the creation of a dramatic modern entrance hall with tall glazed double doors and archway above.

The original entrance had distinctive dark timber antique panelling throughout. During the project, the contractor’s carpenters painstakingly removed, adapted and reinstalled the panelling in the refurbished corridor

The result is an impressive entrance hall in which to greet visitors, and improved office work spaces for staff. Staff at Denbigh, which is consistently rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, are delighted with the alterations.

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School building that’s made in a factory!

Monday, October 10th, 2016

img_2077-rotated-croppedPCMS Design is currently working on a number of projects for Ivel Valley School in Biggleswade, and construction work has just begun on a new two-classroom modular unit for which we created a bespoke design. Once we had administered the planning application and building regulations plan approval process, we assisted the school with procurement of suitable modular manufacturers.

Modular ‘bays’ are pre-assembled from panels in the contractor’s factory. Windows, doors, internal walls and floors are all put together in advance of site delivery. This enables the construction timetable to be far quicker than a conventional build, and also keeps costs down.

Our designers paid a visit to the factory this week along with client representatives to see how manufacture was progressing, and everyone was impressed by the speed of production. On-site preparation works have begun; we will visit the school again shortly to watch the pre-formed modular ‘bays’ being craned into position.

Coffee Morning raises £255 For Macmillan Cancer Support!

Friday, September 30th, 2016

team-photo-macmillan-30-09-16We held a Coffee Morning on Friday 30th September in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan encourage as many people as possible to support their ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’; this is the second year that PCMS Design has taken part.

There were plenty of homemade cakes on offer during the mid-morning coffee break. Our guests included clients past and present, and local businesses based in and around Rectory House in Haddenham. We would like to thank the staff of John Clegg & Co, Manan, Milkshake Dental, Cedar Technologies, Rectory Homes, NT Cadcam, Wearwell and Cosine for stopping by and helping us to raise the amazing total figure of £255.

Planning Permission for Improvements at Oakley Primary School

Friday, September 30th, 2016

model-overview-final-aug-planningAylesbury Vale District Council has this week granted planning permission for one of our Buckinghamshire educational clients. We applied on behalf of Oakley Primary School for consent to create a more presentable and secure main entrance for staff, pupils and visitors, improve the internal layout of the school office, and construct a new head teacher’s room.

Part of the scheme receiving consent at the same time includes external improvements to create a new footpath entrance for children and parents, and also to extend the staff car park.

PCMS Design hopes to move swiftly on to the technical specification, ahead of procuring suitable building firms on behalf of the school to carry out the construction works.