Members of Launton Parish Council were delighted to hear that their planning application for improvements to the Parish Hall has been granted permission by Cherwell District Council.
This gives the green light for substantial improvements to the hall to bring it up to modern standards, providing new facilities and enhancing the energy efficiency of the building. An old side extension will be demolished and replaced, to provide a new catering style kitchen. The building will be re-roofed with zinc, a tough, natural and recyclable material. PV Solar panels will generate electricity with the potential for battery storage. And replacement windows and doors will help to stop drafts and keep in the heat.
We have guided the Parish Council and Hall Working Group through the steps towards achieving planning permission, and look forward to being of further assistance when funding is available to carry out the improvements.
Work has begun this week on a new extension and programme of improvements at Winslow Public Hall in Buckinghamshire. These will encompass a smart new entrance and lobby area, together with a modern catering kitchen, WCs and plant room. The existing large meeting hall will have enhanced public accessibility, a fresh decoration scheme and built-in storage facilities amongst other changes.
Renewable and sustainable energy solutions are always at the forefront of our thinking during the design phase. In this case, the hall will have two ranks of roof-mounted PV panels to generate electricity with battery storage to conserve the power. As a finishing touch, the area around the new extension is a popular thoroughfare, and this will be attractively landscaped at the end of construction.
We are delighted to be working on this project on behalf of Winslow Town Council, and in conjunction with principal contractor JET Construction (Milton Keynes) Ltd.
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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.
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.
We have recently secured Householder planning permission for a new single storey kitchen extension at a house in Milton Keynes. Because of poor design, their existing kitchen was isolated from the rest of the house and garden, and could be cold in winter. The owner felt that their 1990s house could benefit from a better ground floor layout, to create a more open-plan and family-friendly kitchen and relaxation space. We agreed, and suggested demolishing a rear section of the original dwelling to replace it with an extension which stretches across the width of the house.
Our design includes a feature glazed roof lantern to allow lots of natural light into the space, and bi-folding doors to make the most of the garden. As you can see from the 3D visualisation, when completed not just the internal layout will have been improved, but also the appearance of the dwelling when viewed from the garden.