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Planning Permission Granted for Commercial Kitchen

Friday, February 24th, 2017

oxford-city-council-logo_1200WOxford 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!”

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.

Job Vacancy Immediately Available – Architectural Technologist

Wednesday, September 28th, 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.

PCMS Design Welcomes a New Project Manager to the Team

Friday, September 9th, 2016

julia-bond-favourite-bw-croppedWe 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.

Change of Use Secured for Caretaker’s House

Friday, August 26th, 2016

dallow-primary-school-logoOur 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.

Planning Permission Granted for Buckinghamshire Home

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016


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.

PCMS Design welcomes new Architectural Technician Jakub Choluj

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Jakub CholujWe are very pleased this month to welcome a new Architectural Technician to the PCMS Design team. Jakub joins us on a work placement for 3 months whilst studying for his RIBA Part II qualification at Oxford Brookes University, during which he is specialising in International Architectural Regeneration and Development.

Jakub gained his RIBA Part 1 qualification following 3 years of study at the University of Brighton.

Jakub will be working on a number of our educational projects and gaining experience in project and construction management during regular visits to site to check on progress.

“This is a great opportunity for me to broaden my architectural experience within a multi-disciplinary practice, and I am looking forward to working on a variety of different schemes.”

Tony Hadley Cuts the Ribbon at Chinnor Community Pavilion!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
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Tony Hadley declares the Pavilion officially open

There was much excitement in evidence as the new Community Pavilion building in Chinnor was officially opened last Saturday by none other than Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet and ‘I’m a Celebrity’ jungle fame! Tony cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new community facility, which has bright function rooms, large changing facilities for the nearby playing pitches and also now accommodates the Parish Council office.

A local resident had made a most impressive celebratory cake model of the building which attracted a lot of attention from those in attendance. The opening event continued all day and into the evening, making full use of the new bar and kitchen facilities.

The building was funded with the aid of South Oxfordshire District Council, the Football Foundation and Sport England.

During his opening speech, Chinnor Parish Councillor Steve Bird said: “New projects of this scale require specialist skills and knowledge, and we are very grateful for the valuable guidance and assistance given by PCMS Design throughout the project. This is the largest construction project Chinnor Parish Council has been involved with and we are confident that the whole community will benefit.”

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The wonderful pavilion cake!


Chinnor Community Pavilion Opens

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Chinnor Community Pavilion Interior

The village of Chinnor in South Oxfordshire is excited this week to see the opening of a new sports and social club. To be known as Chinnor Community Pavilion, the brand new single storey building off Station Road has been the result of fundraising activities by the Parish Council, coupled with grants from Sport England, the Football Foundation and South Oxfordshire District Council.

The Community Pavilion includes a suite of four team and two officials changing rooms to cater for the adjacent sports pitches, tennis courts and playing field, and will also act as a community hub with a function room, club room, bar and kitchen. Chinnor Parish Council will shortly relocate its office into the new building. The Pavilion’s sports facilities and party suites are available for hire, and a regular range of activities will soon be on offer from fitness classes to clubs.

PCMS Design has project managed the whole build on behalf of Chinnor Parish Council, having previously carried out the design and specification. PCMS Design staff made site visits each week to support the building contractor as construction progressed.

Care was taken at an early stage to design a building which has eco-friendly, sustainable features; there are solar PV cells on the roof which will generate electricity for the Pavilion and also link into the national grid. There is a grey water collection system to minimise the use of fresh water. A water harvesting tank has been installed and the grey water will be used for all WCs. A large patio area extends across the back of the Pavilion with views across the playing pitches, and the landscaping includes several new trees. The building design, with its asymmetric zinc roof, smartly integrates the external materials of buff brick and cedar cladding which wrap into the entrance lobby.

Councillor Pat Hayward, Chair of Chinnor Parish Council, said “The Parish Council are delighted that the building is now complete. We are indebted to PCMS Design who have not only designed and specified this wonderful building, but guided and supported us through the whole process. The PCMS Design team have done us proud!”

Chinnor Community Pavilion