We are delighted this month to welcome our new Chartered Architectural Technologist Kathleen Pratt to PCMS Design.
Kathleen has over 30 years’ experience of working within a multi-disciplinary practice, and honed her skills at an architectural firm based in Oxford where she worked on a wide range of health care and educational projects.
We are very pleased that she has joined our team, and look forward to working alongside her on public sector, commercial and residential schemes, where she will play a key role.
“I am delighted to be joining PCMS Design. I have a passion for creating beautiful and functional spaces which meet the needs of the client, and I am also looking forward to being able to contribute proactively, using all my experience to good effect.”
We opened up our office doors last Friday morning to host a Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Colleagues, our closest office neighbours and some of our clients came together to have a chat and to share some delicious cakes and desserts.
Our ‘Guess the Height of the Cake’ competition and generous donations on the morning raised a grand total of £317. This is the third year we have supported the charity and each year the total has grown.
Thank you to everyone for donating cakes and attending the event, and helping to raise a fantastic total for such a good cause!
Last week, we were pleased to be present at the final handover of a residential rear extension to a detached home in Buckinghamshire.
The original brief was to design a space large enough for a full-sized snooker table. We developed a design for a one and a half storey room with glazed doors, applied on behalf of the homeowner for planning permission, assisted with procurement of suitable builders, and then carried out project management of the build.
What we were not expecting upon our final visit was the bold interior design scheme which had been carefully chosen by the homeowner for his new games room. The green snooker table is contrasted by bright red walls, and a very fetching bar, the front of which is apparently clad in the owner’s family tartan! The room has a bright, fun feel – great to entertain and relax in.
An article has just been published in the Spring 2017 edition of Thame Out magazine, talking about our range of services and in particular our design and project management service for those seeking to extend and improve their homes. Contact us for a chat if you have an idea you would like to discuss.
Oxford City Council has this week granted planning permission for a commercial kitchen for one of our business clients.
Taste Tibet is an Oxford-based caterer that produces delicious authentic Tibetan food, which is then sold at regular weekly markets. They also cater for weddings, festivals and private events. Looking to the future, it was apparent that a larger kitchen would be needed to grow the business and expand the range of dishes on offer.
The owners of Taste Tibet initially approached PCMS Design for advice when they found a unit available for rent in the heart of Oxford to the rear of a popular residential street, and thought it had potential to be converted into a kitchen.
After a design process that included researching extraction systems and commercial kitchen appliances, we submitted the application and subsequently kept in touch with the local authority to follow its progress.
Both we and Taste Tibet were delighted to receive planning permission this week, two weeks ahead of the determination deadline. Julie of Taste Tibet said, “This is great news; a million thanks to everyone who has helped us to get this far!”
We 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.
PCMS 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.
We are very pleased this month to say welcome to our new colleague Julia Bond, who joins the PCMS Design team as a Project Manager.
Julia started her working life as an Engineering Apprentice, before becoming a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. Julia has also worked for many years in Quality Management and Process Improvement, across a range of industries, becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Quality Assurance. Latterly, she has had experience of teaching CAD.
Julia is now looking forward to the challenges that working in a busy architectural design and construction project management firm can bring, and developing her skills and knowledge.
Our activities are not just limited to architectural design and project management – we can also offer a range of different planning and building regulation services for our clients.
The latest success has come from a Change of Use planning application which we submitted to Luton Borough Council on behalf of Dallow Primary School. The School wished to convert an empty caretaker’s house into usable space for educational purposes, specifically to create a meeting room and office, and also to provide lots of additional storage space.
We used a Design and Access Statement to explain the case, and the application to convert the house from category C3 (dwelling) to D1 (educational use) was granted permission this week. The School are delighted, and will start using the house for intervention and staff meetings when the new term begins in September.
We received the good news this week that planning permission has been granted by Wycombe District Council for improvements to a Buckinghamshire bungalow.
The owner approached us because they felt that the layout of their home could be substantially improved. After a full assessment of the potential for changing and enlarging the internal spaces, we recommended a design that saw the removal of an existing lean-to conservatory, and use of the vacated space to construct a modest extension. This will result in an updated dwelling with larger, more practical rooms for modern living.