Monthly Archives: October 2013

Big Improvements to Rear Extension

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Project 275 New Cropped

Work has just been completed on an existing rear extension project in the Buckinghamshire village of Grendon Underwood.

Our clients needed to improve the extension at the back of their home. The interior was often cold due to the old windows and poor levels of insulation. There was also a desire to improve the overall ground floor room configuration and increase the amount of natural light. We recommended a refurbishment scheme for this part of the house, together with a small L-shaped infill extension to allow space to extend the breakfast/family room.

Other improvements included introducing new double glazed windows and doors, a triple glazed Velux roof light, a high specification of insulation and a complete refit of this part of the house including the utility/boot room.

The owners are very happy with the finished result: “Our project ran smoothly, helped by some settled summer weather, and we are so pleased that we took the decision to make the improvements. A major benefit is that we now have a warm and cosy large breakfast room which has made a big difference to the house.”

Project 275 Old Cropped

Rear of the house before the improvements

Clapham Pre-School Goes from Strength to Strength

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Back in 2011, we designed and project managed the construction of a new permanent home for Clapham Pre-School in Bedfordshire. The Pre-School currently provides 40 childcare places for 3-5 year olds in two large playrooms, with ancillary facilities such as a staff room with kitchen, an office and store rooms.

However in order to satisfy government guidelines for providing increased childcare places for 2-3 year olds, Clapham Pre-School approached PCMS again with a view to extending the building to provide an additional 16 places. During the earlier design process, space had been earmarked at the side of the existing building for possible future expansion, so we were able to recommend a large extension to provide enough space. A new 40m2 playroom can be provided, including a storage room and  WCs, with very little disruption or alteration to the original building.

Following our administration of the application procedure, we are pleased to report that the proposed extension has just received planning permission from Bedford Borough Council. This now enables the Pre-School Committee to move forward with their expansion plans, and everyone involved with the Pre-School is delighted.

Grand Opening of Hadrian Academy’s Modular Classroom Building

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Hadrian Academy Sketch

PCMS Design was delighted to be present at the Grand Opening of Hadrian Academy’s brand new modular classroom building on 26th September 2013, a project which we completed and handed over in time for the new school year to begin.

After the school was granted Primary School status, Hadrian Academy had to move quickly to accommodate the temporary increase in pupil numbers, and a handsome new building, housing two new classrooms, has been installed in the school grounds.

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