Monthly Archives: March 2022

New Haddenham Parish Council Offices

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

We were very pleased last week to be invited to attend the forthcoming Haddenham Annual Parish Meeting, and particularly delighted this year because it will take place within the newly refurbished Parish Centre. Our recent project to improve the Parish Council offices at the Village Hall has transformed the space.

Haddenham has seen considerable development in recent years, with new homes, employment sites and leisure facilities all being constructed in the village.  Consequently, Parish Council activities were becoming ever-busier and the need for administration resourcing had increased. Staff had outgrown their under-sized office, and the entrance lacked a reception area making it unsuitable for accepting visitors; there had become an urgent need to improve it.

A former Day Centre within the village hall had been closed for some time; an outdated lounge area also had two large supporting pillars restricting the layout. We designed a reconfiguration and renovation of existing internal spaces to deliver rooms that will enable the Parish Council to continue operating effectively as the village expands. A re-utilisation of space is a cost-effective and environmentally sound way of achieving an objective like this; building materials are kept to a minimum, but structural alterations enable the building to be upgraded to a modern specification, and at the same time the opportunity is there to deliver more efficient heating, insulation, lighting and storage. At the same time, the dilapidated flat roof was repaired and the external facades of the whole building were decorated.

Staff and Parish Councillors have embraced the new Parish Centre, which includes a dedicated smart entrance doorway and reception hatch, and a conference room large enough to seat the whole Parish Council in comfort. Haddenham Parish Clerk Sue Gilbert commented: “Our smart Parish Centre is great to work in, and finally we have an office and meeting room which is fit for purpose. We are delighted with the transformation. We have worked together with PCMS Design on a number of feasibility and construction projects, and have always been delighted with the great service and support that we’ve received.”

New Haddenham Parish Council Meeting Room

Working from Home in the Post-Covid World – Would your home benefit from more flexible space?

Thursday, March 17th, 2022
Bringing the outdoors closer for a relaxed home working enviroment

A recent survey carried out by Barratt Developments found that almost half of households believe their current property to be unsuitable for home working. Many people struggle to do their job effectively from the kitchen table or lounge, and only 28% of respondents had the benefit of a dedicated work space such as a study or home office.

Flexible work patterns – or ‘hybrid’ working as it’s increasingly becoming known – are now the norm for millions of people across all age groups, with at least a proportion of the working week being spent at home. It’s increasingly common for householders to need extra – and preferably more flexible – space. Not just to work in, but to exercise in too, as the rise of home gyms and the success of brands such as Peloton proves.

Flexible Home Office Space

Whether you have a new or old home, we can assist. Rather than thinking of moving, the solution may be simpler and cheaper in the short term. It’s true that with the benefit of a large garden, a ‘Shoffice’ (Outdoor Shed/Office) may be the solution for you. But by reconfiguring the spaces within your home – and sometimes combining this with a modest extension or garage conversion – a solution to the working from home dilemma may well be closer than you think.

More than two thirds of workers said they would prefer a dedicated office space in their home – simply contact us now for a no obligation chat about the potential to improve your property.