Category Archives: Uncategorized

Expansion at Henlow Academy

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Following the consultation by Henlow Academy about their proposal to extend the age range to a single phase extended secondary provision for 2020-21, PCMS Design is delighted to have been appointed to design and specify the buildings necessary to facilitate the transformation from a middle school.

The first phase of the school transformation will be to build a new two-storey classroom block (including modern science laboratories and SEN Group Rooms) and convert the old gym into a multi-functional dining space.

Though there are further approvals still to be secured, the school and the local authority have identified the need to seek planning consent for the initial phase of the project.

Business Manager Mandy Salzen said: “We are pleased to be continuing to work with PCMS Design and the wider consultant team on the transformation project for Henlow Church of England Academy. We are planning to provide capacity and choice for local families as well as enabling the school to deliver high quality education up to GCSE.”

Planning granted for extension of house in Quainton

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

We are pleased that Aylesbury Vale District Council has granted permission to modernise a 20th century house in the middle of the village of Quainton with its eclectic mix of older cottages and houses interspersed with a few dwellings of more recent construction.

The owners aspire to improve the layout and use of space within the dwelling by carrying out a reconfiguration of some of the ground and first floor rooms which will in turn create a larger, open-plan kitchen/dining space with ready access to the rear garden.

The dated conservatory will be demolished and replaced with a two storey rear extension offering more useful living space. The family home will benefit from a new play room to the ground floor and a new master bedroom on the first floor.

The planned improvements will also enhance the appearance of the front elevation, particularly bearing in mind its location within the Quainton Conservation Area.

Overall the planned changes will modernise this lovely family home and provide much needed space.


Lord Williams’s School unveil new playing shirts!

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Headteacher David Wybron and head of PE Richard Beerling unveiled new rugby playing shirts today. The outstanding Oxfordshire school are proud of their heritage and place some importance on team sports including Rugby.

PCMS Design are proud to have sponsored the newly-delivered shirts and look forward to them being put to good use in the new season.

Project Manager Alex Bond said: “We’re delighted to support rugby at Lord Williams’s School in our small way. Promoting health and fitness through a team sport like rugby is a benefit for everyone”.



Fabulous new open-plan kitchen and guest annexe finished

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019






Amazing alteration works have been completed by a local builder to a 1970s house in Towersey, Oxfordshire. Internal walls subdividing a number of previous, linked extensions were removed within the house to provide a light, bright and enlarged open-plan kitchen / family room overlooking the garden.

In addition, a new utility room has been created in an under-utilised space at the rear of the garage and a substantial outbuilding has been converted into an accessible guest annexe with en-suite shower room.

PCMS Design undertook the design work, secured planning permission for the homeowners. The construction drawings and specification of work were then prepared before overseeing the builders for the phased project.

The homeowners are delighted with the end result and have been fully involved in the process, including sourcing sustainable bamboo flooring which looks fabulous.



PCMS Design welcomes new Administrator Caren Schulze

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

We are very pleased this month to say welcome to our new colleague Caren Schulze who joins the PCMS Design team as Administrator.

Caren has worked in various industries from banking to manufacturing and brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge.

“I am delighted to be joining PCMS Design and look forward to getting involved in all aspects of the business.”



Completion of Kitchen Refurbishment

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Sometimes even smaller jobs require careful management, and that was the case when the local youth centre was seeking to refurbish and upgrade its kitchen. We were brought in to provide designs and a specification for bringing the kitchen up to current Building Regulation standards; part of this involved installing a new fire shutter, and also the complete removal and safe disposal of an asbestos Artex ceiling.

For the youth centre trustees, it was important to keep disruption to a minimum so that regular hirers could continue to use the centre. Careful management of the contractors working on site to carry out the building improvement and kitchen installation works was key, and any issues or questions were swiftly dealt with.

Funded by a grant from the Aylesbury Vale District Council New Homes Bonus, the youth centre’s kitchen is now fully operational again. Feedback so far from hirers and organisers has been very positive.

PCMS Design Shortlisted for Building Excellence Award

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Our team was delighted to hear last week that we have been shortlisted for a Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Central Region Building Excellence Award 2019.

We are hopeful that our new build sports hall and six classroom construction project at Henlow Academy will achieve success in the ‘Best Educational Building’ category. The project team including Central Bedfordshire Council, Henlow Academy, Cox Clifford Partnership, BSD Consulting Engineers, Marstan BDB and Borras Construction are very pleased that the project has been nominated.

This is our eighth consecutive year of being shortlisted for an Award, and we are all looking forward to attending the black tie Awards Ceremony in Milton Keynes in April. Regional category winners are put forward to the National LABC Awards.




Another Successful Planning Application

Friday, January 4th, 2019

 We were pleased to hear that South Oxfordshire District Council had granted planning permission to enable a dwelling in the village of Stadhampton to be extended.

The single storey extension will add a downstairs cloakroom and porch; planning permission was required because of its location, extending outwards from the front elevation. Although modest in scale, this is a positive change to the house that will help the family enormously, as they have young children.

We also secured a ‘Build Over’ agreement from Thames Water, and made the building regulations application.

We can advise on extension and reconfiguration projects of most sizes – do get in touch if you would like advice on how to improve and extend your home. 

Success for Kitchen Extension Application

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

We have recently secured Householder planning permission for a new single storey kitchen extension at a house in Milton Keynes. Because of poor design, their existing kitchen was isolated from the rest of the house and garden, and could be cold in winter. The owner felt that their 1990s house could benefit from a better ground floor layout, to create a more open-plan and family-friendly kitchen and relaxation space. We agreed, and suggested demolishing a rear section of the original dwelling to replace it with an extension which stretches across the width of the house.

Our design includes a feature glazed roof lantern to allow lots of natural light into the space, and bi-folding doors to make the most of the garden. As you can see from the 3D visualisation, when completed not just the internal layout will have been improved, but also the appearance of the dwelling when viewed from the garden.