On Site Works Progressing Well

We currently have a number of projects on site which are at different stages of construction and completion. These have provided some challenges both in the form of construction in regards to the integration of a sunken wine cellar and tide pool, as well as working within tight site constraints and existing building conditions.

Hopefully within the next month 3 of these projects will be completed with another due for completion in the new year. We also have another 2 projects starting within the next few weeks and will hopefully have some news on these projects in the near future.

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Very Busy Few Months

The first six month of this year have been very busy with the commence of the conversion and refurbishment of the former Burrowbridge School to residential units, new residential projects to Bristol, South Petherton. As well as our other on-going historic refurbishment projects and one off bespoke extensions.

Below are a few examples of the different projects we are currently involved with;

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Busy Start to the New Year

It’s been a very busy start to the new year with the commencement of a number of projects on site including the conversion of Burrowbridge School in Somerset to residential properties, a new development in Bishop’s Lydeard and extension to a cottage in Pitney. All are proceeding well and we will upload some photos of progress when we can.

We are also have some very exciting new commissions for projects in Dunkeswell and Branscombe in Devon and look forward to developing these design’s over the next few months and updating our blog with their progress.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. We have a number of very exciting projects to move forward in the near year and so please visit our blog page from time to time to keep updated or you can follow us on twitter.

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Garden Room Extension, Curry Rivel, Somerset

The new garden room extension and glazed veranda in Curry Rivel, Somerset consisted of reconfiguring the existing side utility room and kitchen to create an open plan area with additional family living space. 

Works included obtaining a Certificate of Lawful Development and preparation of Building Regulations information for construction on-site.

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Alterations & Extension, Bishop Sutton

Works are currently on-going with the renovation and extension of an existing 2 bedroom bungalow to a 4 bedroom family home in Bishop Sutton, Somerset. The work involves a new side and rear extension creating a large open plan family space consisting of living, dining room and kitchen with large boot space and utility. The front of the ground floor has been reconfigured to provide a master bedroom with en-suite and an additional guest bedroom. At first floor 2 new bedrooms have been created with a family bathroom.

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Side and Rear Extension, Taunton, Somerset

Single storey rear extension and internal alterations to a three-storey semi-detached town house. The property was located within a conservation area and therefore the larger two storey element was designed to respect and respond to the existing brick detailing, window fenestration etc. with the single storey rear extension being a new modern component to the design.

The site has restricted access and therefore it was essential to ensure the construction methods chosen for the new build elements responded to this and were designed in.

The project has commenced on site with footings now in.

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Year Two

Year 2 has flown by with many new projects ranging in stages of works, design and complexity. These comprise of both domestic and commercial projects from small extensions, new build houses, conversion and adaption of existing listed buildings and new build structures including a proposed museum.

The past year has also been very exciting with a number of projects completed on site and more about to commence within the next few months (Please see some of our upcoming blogs).


South Somerset District Planning Delay

SSDC are currently experience a delay in their validation process of 5 weeks which is causing an effect on the determination of application. Therefore, on a standard house holder or full Plans application you will need to consider that this decision process from submission will take a minimum of 13 weeks.

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Red Anvil School of Blacksmithing

Who says that on-going professional development is boring! We thank Richard Bent at Red Anvil for a very informative, hands-on and fun day spent in his workshop. Following a short demonstration of the basic techniques we were let loose on the traditional coal-fired forges and modern gas furnaces to make our masterpieces or in some circumstances just to hammer the anvils. Richard's hand on approach and teaching was appreciated and by the end of the day we all had something resembling either a heart, poppy or leaf of some type.

Permission in Principle

A new planning route to obtain permission in principle (PIP) for small housing developments can now be made to local authorities in England via the Planning Portal.

The scope of PIP is limited to minor developments of up to nine homes and under 1000sqm of commercial floorspace on a site of less than one hectare and subject to location, land use and the amount of development. The main purpose of the development must be housing.

For more information please follow the attached link.


New Rear Extension Approved

Recently received planning approval for a new rear extension to a Victorian Town House in Taunton. The proposals incorporate a replacement rear kitchen and dining space with a new glazed gable and timber louvers opening out onto the existing garden. We are now currently in the process of preparing Building Regulation drawings for construction on site in autumn this year.

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New Dwelling, Dorset

Currently under construction is a one-off new 4-bedroom dwelling in Dorset. The building is being constructed on timber frame and clad in local natural stone. Tandem Architects have been involved with developing sketch scheme drawings, submitting a reserved matter planning application and preparing building regulations drawings for the project. The site involved clearing conditions relating to soil contamination, rights of way and topographical restraints.


New Garden Room & House Refurbishment

New garden room and house refurbishment in Kingston St Mary, Somerset completed in time to enjoy the summer sun.

Private clients approached the practice to assist with developing proposals for a new garden room ‘link’ extension, a new front porch and internal and external refurbishment works. We have undertaken a full service for the project from initial measured building survey to on-site monitoring to completion.  The clients have been able to resolve the layout of the property to work for them whilst also updating the house to be more aesthetically pleasing.


New Year Ahead

The start of the year looks like it’s going to be a busy one! Planning Applications within South Somerset, Purbeck and West Dorset have already been approved and works to the Abbey Barn in Glastonbury are to commence on site shortly. 

We also have some interesting projects we are currently developing with the re-design of a chalet bungalow in North Somerset to a contemporary 2 storeys, 5-bedroom property.

Muchelney Nr Langport, Somerset - January 2013

Muchelney Nr Langport, Somerset - January 2013

Tandem Architects

Welcome to our blog page. As well as our twitter page this is where you can find our most recent and up to date information about what we have been doing and what is currently on our drawing board (computer!!). We will also be also sharing information on things that interest us, such as the 20th Century Society and SPAB.

We are slowly finding our feet with the website and it is evolving as we go, so there should always be new things to see and read.


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