Work is progressing well on the renovation of and extension to a Grade II listed dwelling – which is a former shop – in the historic heart of Haddenham.
The main part of the building is constructed from witchert, which is a common historic building material in the Haddenham area. With a plinth of rubble stones known locally as ‘grumplings’, the earth wall was constructed above with a lime render finish. The programme of works has also involved repairs to the roof structure, floor strengthening and re-plastering with lime plaster.
A new rear extension will allow space for an extra first floor bedroom with en suite and a larger kitchen, with bi-folding doors opening out onto the rear courtyard.
Completion of this interesting project is due at the end of this year.
A Buckinghamshire client has recently completed a new for old workshop and storage barn project. There was a rather impractical old large timber shed with corrugated metal roof which formed part of the front boundary to the residential property, and our client approached us to find out if designs could be prepared for a replacement building. The challenge was to find a solution that was acceptable to planners, because the building was not only within the curtilage of a listed building and also in a conservation area.
As our client was looking for a useful workshop and vehicle parking space, we recommended total replacement due to the poor quality of the original timber building and unsuitability for conversion. This also allowed for a slightly taller roof to incorporate a mezzanine storage area accessed via timber stairs, and two sets of double doors. The eaves level next to the neighbouring property was maintained to minimise any impact. Care was taken to replicate design features from the original building, such as the distinctive windows with vertical glazing bars and horizontal timber cladding.
The owner is very happy with the result: “Thank you for finding a practical solution for my new workshop. The assistance you gave with the design and navigating through both the planning and construction process is really appreciated.”
A residential client was recently very pleased to receive planning permission for a new storage barn from Aylesbury Vale District Council. Our client was seeking to demolish an existing old and dilapidated storage barn at the front of their property, close to the roadside, and replace it with a very similar structure to be used as a workshop and also for storage.
Their property is a Grade II listed cottage which is also within a Conservation Area, and so a compelling case had to be made to the local planning authority to demolish what was already there. Our case was aided by the design of the replacement building, which has an enlarged footprint, but also took great care to replicate the style and appearance of the existing ‘rustic’ structure.
Our design met the requirements of the Council’s heritage officer, and planning permission together with Listed Building Consent was granted. Our client is now intending to start works on the new building this Spring.
Work has recently started on a new reception classroom project at Southill Lower School, a site which is in a conservation village setting between the towns of Biggleswade and Shefford in Bedfordshire.
The School is very pleased that work has begun, as it has been a long term goal to convert an existing outbuilding in the grounds to serve as teaching space. When we conducted a survey and feasibility study on the old brick building earlier in the year however, it became clear that a conversion project would not be economically viable. So demolition of the existing shed would need to take place first in order to replace it with a new classroom, and we were pleased to oblige with designs and plans.
When in 2007 fire destroyed the old timber Scout Hut in the Buckinghamshire village of Long Crendon, PCMS was asked by the leaders of 1st Bernwood Forest Scout Group to design and project manage a replacement. Now, exactly 5 years after the blaze that destroyed the hut, the Scout Group has a brand new purpose-designed building to move into.
PCMS first took a detailed brief to develop a user requirement list for the Scout building. The site had various challenges; for instance, there were space limitations due to the small plot and adjoining residential neighbours. Because the site is within a Conservation Area, the support of the Long Crendon Preservation Society and also the Parish Council was crucial, and PCMS helped to enlist support by attending meetings to present the project proposal.