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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Year 3

Year 3 has flown by with many new projects ranging in stages of work, design and complexity.

We have several projects on site that are well underway including a domestic extension which is nearing completion in Langport and the conversion of a former Primary School into 4 residential units and a holiday let, aiming to be completed early next year.

We look forward to continuing to develop some other projects towards securing planning and listed building consent including the conversion of a public house to community facilities, domestic extensions commencing Building Regulation stages of work and new education facilities commencing on site. 


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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Planning Approvals

Its been a very busy week in the office with planning permission granted for a number of projects ranging from the redevelopment of a redundant school building into residential properties, a number of extensions to create additional living space and change of use from agricultural land to domestic use.

These applications have required on-going monitoring and liaison with different local authorities including Taunton Deane Borough Council, South Somerset, Mendip & West Dorset Councils.

Next year we will upload some of these projects as they are completed on site.

Works to a new dwelling at Charminster, Dorset to be completed in the next few months.

Works to a new dwelling at Charminster, Dorset to be completed in the next few months.


Planning Permission has just been granted for the creation of a new rear extension which will consist of an open plan kitchen and family room to a Victorian Town House in Taunton.

The proposals incorporate an existing kitchen/utility area and 2 storey extension with single storey extension wrapped around the existing footprint of the property. The family space is then connected to the garden via full height sliding doors onto a terrace area.

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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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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 Year 2018

Christmas over in a flash and now were into an exciting 2018!

We’re busy chasing planning applications and await decisions on projects currently in with West Dorset, Mendip, South Somerset and Taunton Deane Councils. 

We are developing sketch scheme options for the conversion of a former primary school into residential units and progressing a number of Building Regulation packages for one off houses and extensions. 

After studying ‘A Ladybird ‘Achievements’ book – The Story of Houses and Homes’ over the Christmas break we thought we post some images from the book we particularly liked, especially the Elizabethan Montacute House!

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The First Year

It has been a very exciting first year which has seen the completion of the Somerset Rural Museum Abbey Barn floor, completion of a new music studio within the curtilage of a Grade II* listed property and the receipt of planning consents for a number of contemporary extensions and alteration projects. Within the next year construction work will start on a number of these projects and so watch this space for photograph's as works proceed.

We are also developing some new build projects and these should be moving towards the planning stage in the near future.

We are constantly updating our pinterest page & twitter feeds along with our facebook page so please feel free to follow us for updates and design ideas.

We also hope to give you more information on our interest in SPAB and the 20th Century Society in the next year.