Another Listed Building Success

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Planning and Listed Building consent has been granted by St Edmundsbury Borough Council in Suffolk for a side extension to an old water mill in the village of Kedington. The former water mill has Grade II listed status; parts of the old industrial mechanism are still visible, and the mill race, which is part of the River Stour, runs through the garden.

It was a pleasure to produce designs for what is without doubt one of the most picturesque projects that we have worked on! Planning consent has now been secured for a new rear entrance combined with a lobby and ground floor WC/ shower room. Care was taken to ensure that the new extension blends seamlessly with the existing historic building, and we produced a Heritage Statement in support of the proposal alongside other supporting statements.

We have experience of working on older listed buildings which each present with unique challenges. Do get in touch if you would like to find out more.

Planning Application Submitted for Playing Field

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Not all of our design schemes are for buildings – we can also prepare plans for external improvement or landscaping projects.

One recent example is that of a series of enhancements to a public playing field and recreation area in a Buckinghamshire village. Working together with the local Tennis Club, Parish Council and other stakeholders we prepared plans for introducing two new mini tennis courts, an adjacent footpath for use by parents and school children and also improvements to the on-site car park and other footpaths.

Sometimes, external landscaping schemes can present interesting challenges – trees may need to be removed or cut back, for example, or underground drainage may be affected; occasionally an archaeological or environmental report is requested. With this present application, we acted as adviser and agent for the Parish Council to look after any issues raised during the planning process. We look forward to hearing the outcome of the planning application shortly.

 

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. 

Detached House Gets Permission for a Revamp

Monday, December 17th, 2018

We have heard today ahead of the determination date that home owners in Berkhamsted have been granted planning permission for improvements to their home. This is a good example of how one planning application can cover a number of different changes, in this case both to the main house itself and to other buildings and/or features within the curtilage of the dwelling.

There were three distinct proposals attached to this application: the first for new bay and dormer windows to the house, the second to convert the double garage to ancillary accommodation so that an office and gym can be created, and the third to construct a new timber framed ‘carriage house’ style garage with attached log store in the grounds.

All three of the proposed changes submitted as one  householder application have gained consent from Dacorum Borough Council just before Christmas, with no pre-commencement conditions. The family can now spend the festive season happily making plans and looking forward to making a start on their improvement projects!

 

Barn Conversion Secures Planning Consent

Friday, December 7th, 2018

In a leafy Oxfordshire village, close to the Chiltern hills, stands a barn ripe for conversion! PCMS Design worked with the homeowner to develop plans for the barn to be converted to an ancillary dwelling.

The starting point was to establish the structural integrity of the barn – and therefore its suitability for conversion. Next an ecology survey was commissioned and restrictions around when the work can be carried out were agreed with the local authority to ensure no harm comes to any potential bat roosts.

Care has been taken with the design and materials to make sure the external character and appearance of the barn is preserved, and planning permission has now been granted. When completed, the barn will have a bright and spacious open plan interior, extensive glazing with views and an external dining area.

Renewal of Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

A local homeowner recently was very pleased to have planning and listed building consent (LBC) renewed by Aylesbury Vale District Council for an extension to their home. The proposal involves demolishing a conservatory at the rear, and replacing it with a more attractive two-storey extension with a glazed link corridor. A new double garage and replacement for the porch has also been granted consent.

This application was a renewal of a previously consented application to the local authority: as the three year statutory expiry of permission was approaching without work beginning, we were able to make a strong case for renewal of the planning and listed building consent.

The homeowner was very pleased to hear about the renewal of consent and commented “Great news! Thanks so much for your help with this application.” It is hoped that work will shortly begin on the home extension project.

 

Planning Granted for Rear Extension

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Aylesbury Vale District Council has this week granted planning permission for a part two storey and part single storey rear extension for the home of a local resident, based in the expanding village of Haddenham.

The homeowner wanted to improve the internal layout of her 3-bedroomed, semi-detached home; presently there is a large but long lounge, undersized dining room and inharmonious kitchen/utility space.

Once the consented works have been carried out, there will be a larger and well-designed kitchen, enough space for an adjacent dining/family area with floor to ceiling folding doors into the rear garden, and a separate utility/WC. On the first floor, there will be an extra bedroom for the growing family.

The homeowner is thrilled with the outcome, and looks forward to making a start soon. In the meantime, we are working on the specification for her with a view to shortly inviting builders to quote for the works.

PCMS Design Helps to Raise Over £800 for Alzheimer’s Society!

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Staff from PCMS Design recently took part in the London Memory Walk. Memory Walks are held around the country, and each one raises vital funds for the Alzheimer’s Society whilst publicising the cause. The 7.5km London walk was held on Saturday 13th October – which happened to be a beautifully warm and sunny day – and the route began in the City, skirted round St Paul’s Cathedral, over the Thames, past the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern and back over the Thames again. Over 4,000 people took part and the thousands of blue T-Shirts created quite a scene along the route!

Unfortunately, Project Manager Alex Bond broke a bone in his foot the week before the walk. Alex said: “Although disappointed that I couldn’t walk the route on the day, I came along to support the team and they all worked hard to fundraise amongst our clients, friends and family. Thank you to everyone who supported us.”

Staff are very pleased to have raised a total of £805 in sponsorship so far, and every pound raised goes towards funding new research and providing support to dementia suffers and their carers.

The people taking part from left to right in the photo were: Kathleen Pratt, Maria Wilkinson, Debbie Mellor, Julia Bond

School Development Project Completes at Henlow

Monday, October 15th, 2018

A significant school development project has just completed at Henlow Church of England Academy to the delight of staff and pupils. PCMS Design was involved from the very outset, taking the Academy from feasibility stage when we examined the potential of providing extra accommodation on site, through to pre-planning, detailed design and specification and then lastly the construction management of the project.

The new building provides a modern four-court sports hall with changing areas, and six classrooms in an attached block. Pupils will be able to benefit from a range of sports including netball, badminton, basketball, hockey and five-a-side football. A giant projector with screen has been installed so the school can use the hall for assemblies and other teaching events. The facilities will be available to hire by the wider community.

Six new humanities and language classrooms provide the latest in educational technology with interactive whiteboards in each. Creating a bright and comfortable teaching environment has been a priority; the classrooms have been designed to meet the space and facility requirements set out by the Department for Education and include fibre optic links, Wi-Fi coverage as well as the latest modern security and fire systems.

This £2.4 million investment in Henlow Church of England Academy’s site was funded by Central Bedfordshire Council and the Education & Skills Funding Agency. Site construction works were completed on time and to budget by Borras Construction Limited.

Head teacher Caren Earp is thrilled with the new facilities: “A big thank you to PCMS Design – with all of their support, design skills and project management expertise we now have a fantastic new building which is going to be of huge benefit to our children, increasing the number and range of opportunities for sport that we can now offer.”

Alex Bond of PCMS Design commented: “We feel very privileged to have been involved with this exciting site development project at Henlow Academy. Effective communication between the design team, local authority staff, specialist consultants, builders and their sub-contractors was the key to its successful completion, ready for the new school year.”

Some of the partners and suppliers involved with the Henlow Church of England Academy project:
 Curved standing seam zinc roof on the sports hall by VMZinc: www.vmzinc.co.uk
 Akusto Impact resistant acoustic panelling in the sports hall by Ecophon: www.ecophon.com/uk
 Sports hall floor installation by Dynamik: www.dynamiksportsfloors.co.uk
 External cladding to the sports hall by Kingspan: www.kingspan.com
 Performance spec for M&E installation  BSD Consulting Engineers: www.bsdconsulting.com
 Main Contractor: www.borrasconstruction.co.uk

 

Planning Success for Grassroots Nursery

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Bedford Borough Council Planning Committee granted planning permission this week for a 24 place extension to a children’s day nursery in Hargrave, which is located on the Beds/Northants border. Grassroots Nursery has been given consent for a new 24-place single storey unit close to the original building, together with six new car parking spaces. Although one objection to the proposal had been received, the Committee decided that the case for the extension was acceptable.

This is the second time that PCMS Design has been involved with Grassroots Nursery. Back in 2013, we secured change of use for a residential dwelling located within the grounds of a farm into day nursery, and subsequently worked on the design, specification, procurement and project management of the build.

Nursery owner Kim How is delighted with the outcome of the latest planning application: “That’s fabulous news – PCMS Design are great at thinking through planning niggles/nuances.”