PCMS Design is pleased
to announce that we have recently relocated! We’ve moved our office premises by
only a few miles from Haddenham to Long Crendon, a nearby Buckinghamshire
village. Our new office is in a lovely, totally self-contained building located
within a farm complex, situated on the rural edge of the village. We now have
tractors rumbling down the driveway, the sound of cattle in the distance and
hares hopping past the window! We’ve all been impressed by the views, which
extend across open farmland and countryside towards the Chiltern Hills.
Our working environment is certainly more harmonious and peaceful, and we’re trusting that the office move will provide inspiration for ever more creative architectural designs! If you have a home, educational, community or commercial project that would benefit from architectural advice or project management, then do get in touch for a no obligation chat. We are happy to work throughout rural (and urban) Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire and beyond …
Our new address: The Barn, College Farm, Chearsley Road, Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire HP18 9AP
Our latest project for
Thame & District Housing Association – a two storey side extension and
refurbishment of two flats – is due to start on site in
mid-April. Planning permission was
sought and granted by Buckinghamshire Council for improvements to the one
bedroom flats at Anstey Court in Waddesdon.
The existing stairs to
the first floor accommodation pose accessibility issues, as they’re too steep
to meet the latest building regulations: our solution was to design an extension
to the side of the building to house a new wider staircase and entrance door,
so that it’s more suitable for elderly residents.
Because of the siting of
the building there was only one option for the extension, and it meant that the internal layout of the First
Floor flat would be changed to accommodate the new entrance. The Ground Floor
flat will receive full redecoration.
Our administration of
the procurement process lead to Skyline Development & Construction being
appointed to carry out the building works, and we are looking forward to
working with them on this social housing improvement project.
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.”