Monthly Archives: April 2015

PCMS Design Highly Commended at LABC Central Awards Ceremony

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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Staff members from PCMS Design were absolutely delighted to receive a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the 2015 LABC Central Building Excellence ceremony on Friday evening, which was presented for the ‘Best Partnership with a Local Authority Building Control Team’. This was in recognition of the close links we share with our partnership authority, Central Bedfordshire Council.

Our team attended the ceremony at Double Tree by Hilton hotel in Milton Keynes, which saw a gathering together of local construction industry leaders, clients and building control departments.

It’s not the first time that PCMS Design has been nominated for an LABC award. We have previously been finalists for ‘Best Educational Development’ and ‘Best Sustainable Project’. The presentations recognise building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship.

LABC is an organisation which exists to represent all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. There are over 3,000 professional surveyors and building technicians within local authorities up and down the country.

LABC President Peter Keates commented: “PCMS Design has worked in a partnership with our building control team at Central Bedfordshire Council for a number of years, and I am very pleased that they have been highly commended this year.”


Job Vacancy: Architect / Building Surveyor / Architectural Technician

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

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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 Architect, Building Surveyor or Architectural Technician.

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, 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, statutory requirements (Building Regulations, Building Bulletins, CDM Regulations, etc) and non-statutory design guidance is essential, in addition to demonstrated experience in Computer Aided Design (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 CRB check to be carried out.

This is a full-time role but we are also able to consider part-time or 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.


Tel: 01844 202932

No Agencies Please.


Work Begins to Extend Clapham Pre-School

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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

Then in 2013, we were again asked by the Pre-School to secure planning permission for a large extension to the side of the building, the objective being to provide additional nursery spaces for 2-3 year old children.

We are delighted that building works have now begun, with construction administration being provided by PCMS Design. Princebuild Limited of Northamptonshire is the principal contractor.

Our design incorporates similar features from the existing building whilst continuing the interior design theme of bright modern colours, and there is also a feature corner window to provide clear views out to the green play area beyond.

The extension is due to be completed by the end of June, with new children starting pre-school shortly afterwards.